Here in the west, we see that there are so many machines, and these machines have made a vast development. But with only machines, is it possible to be happy? Simply by machines is it possible? That simply with machines, one is not possible to be happy. We cannot eats nuts and the bolts.
In this regard, Srila Prabhupad, our Founder Acarya, he used to criticize the western disciples. That you westerners, you are simply attached to machines. You cannot go to sleep without smelling a machine at night. (devotees laugh). That if you have some telephone or some machine, then you can get to sleep, otherwise not.
And he told the story about one jila, one fisherman, in India. That in previous times, the grihasthas, they were habituated to asking if anyone was hungry. And so, one grihastha, he went outside and he looked to see if anyone was hungry and he called. He saw one fisherman. He asked him, have you taken your meal? He brought him inside. Then, he said, please leave your basket outside, because the basket is smelling too much. So the fisherman came inside and in the courtyard he gave him some food. He asked the fisherman, do you have any place to sleep tonight? He said, no. He said, all right you sleep here and you leave in the morning. Thank you very much. So that the fisherman went to sleep. About 1 or 2 in the night, the grihastha had to get up for some nature’s call, and when he saw how the guest is doing, he sees he is tossing and turning. He said, how are you sleeping? And he replied that my sleep is very disturbed. I cannot get to sleep. Why is this? What is the difficulty? The fisherman said, the difficulty is I cannot sleep without my basket. I am used to the smell. Without smelling that basket, that fishy smell, I can’t get to sleep. So then the grihastha, all right, bring in your basket, so you can go to sleep. Then he went to sleep soundly.
In the same way, everything has to have a machine in the west. If you brush your teeth, it needs a machine. Everything. So, in this way, people have become addicted.
Machines are okay, nothing is wrong with machines, except that if we think that machines are our happiness, then we are foolish. Because, everyday they are inventing a new machine. But these machines aren’t what’s going to give us the actual happiness we are seeking. If we use the machine in Krishna’s service, or we use the machine in our business and give something in Krishna’s service, that will give us actual spiritual bliss.HH Jayapataka Swami Lecture – Srimad Bhagavatam