LCFL 11: The Eleventh Morning Walk: May 15, 1973
The Eleventh Morning Walk:
May 15, 1973
Recorded on May 15, 1973, In Cheviot Hills Park, Los Angeles
Detecting the Spirit Soul
Modern Science: Help or Harm?
The Illusion of Progress
Kṛṣṇa is the supreme enjoyer. Actually, except for those who are Kṛṣṇa conscious, no one can have any real knowledge, nor can anyone enjoy. One simply suffers, but he thinks the suffering is enjoyment. This is called māyā, or illusion. In America people work hard day and night, and they think, "I am enjoying." This is māyā. A conditioned soul cannot enjoy anything; he simply suffers, but he thinks he is enjoying.
Therefore, in Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam the conditioned soul is likened to the camel. The camel is very fond of eating thorny twigs that cut his tongue. While he is eating them, blood issues from his tongue and mixes with the thorny twigs. They become a little tasty, and he is thinking, "Oh, these twigs are very nice." That is called māyā. Māyā means "that which is not." Mā means "not," and yā means "this." So māyā means "not this." That is the explanation of māyā, or illusion. The scientists are in māyā because they think they are improving things and becoming happy. But this world, along with everything in it, will eventually be finished because it is māyā; it is not what we think it is. As Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam explains, the materialists are thinking they are becoming victorious, but they are actually being defeated.