I was surprised when I came in the west (I never saw this in India) to see a man running down the street without any clothes on. And then I asked someone what is he doing and they said – well, he has obtained a form of liberation, he is running down the street naked, now he feels that he is free. He is able to go just like any animal, dog or cat on the street, and I was quite puzzled.
Twelve years ago we didn’t see this in America and I hadn’t seen it at all in India. There everybody wears clothes. And they are explaining in this way that they feel the animals are really free so if animals don’t have to wear clothes then why don’t we be free like an animal?
Of course the desire to be free, desire to have complete freedom from all kind of difficulties and material limitations naturally is a desire of the soul. Every soul is desiring the free life of the spiritual sky. But I doubt that, you see, these people have really studied what is the real way to obtain the freedom.
Imitating an animal is not really freedom. An animal is not a free person. He is simply bound by his nature. When one is a dog, even if we set him upon a very big chair, give him a king’s robe, give him a king’s crown, give him a king’s meal, then if we take on shoe and throw, “bow bow bow” he will go and search, he can’t go against his nature. In the same way, all the animals are following their nature.
If we have a stop light ‘red’, ‘green’, when it is a red light, all the cars stop, when it’s a green they go, if we go against the red light, what will happen? You get a ticket. This is because we are human beings we have some responsibility. If a dog goes across a ‘no walk’, does he get a ticket? No, because he is not responsible.
So the difference between an animal life and human life is that animal has no responsibility. He has got no intelligence to understand what is the meaning of life? Therefore, he simply follows his nature. But human being, he is not meant to follow the animals.
He is meant to understand what is the whole universe about, what is life all about; is there a creator? Is there a Supreme Lord? These things everyone knows, who studies the Bhagavad Gita, that this world is created by God, by Krsna.HH Jayapataka Swami Lecture – Srimad Bhagavatam
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