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May 18

Krsna said that this material life is duhkhalayam, simply full of miseries. But under the spell of mäyä we are thinking that we are very happy. That's not the fact. Therefore human life is a chance to get out of this miserable condition. That should be the aim of life, how to get out of this miserable condition of life. That requires knowledge how we are suffering, how it can be mitigated. The sufferings will be ended... The same thing: unless you become law-abiding to the laws given by God, you'll suffer. That is nature's way. The same principle: unless you become lawful, the police will give you punishment.

Lecture on Srimad-Bhagavatam 6.1.18, Honolulu, May 18, 1976