Bhagavatam describes that the basic feature of animal life is fear, bhaya. In the jungle you see any animal, doesn’t matter whether it’s a tiger, a lion, or whatever. They’re always… have some amount of fear, you see.
Especially, the little animals, they have a lot of fear. They’re always looking left and right, always nervous. So, now because here in the West, in spite of having every facility conceivable…
Prabhupada said people born in America, they’re born with all good qualities. They have all, you know good looks, good education, good… every facility is given, from birth, but it gets covered up because the whole culture is training one instead of becoming spiritually awakened, to become one more animalistic, and as the result, in spite of all the best plans, even if they bring down the inflation rate, then up comes the unemployment rate.
You bring up this thing, then something else will go. So, whatever it is, the people are still afraid: Sum total result, fear. And fear… I understand they did a study and they found the children in the school are growing up with this idea that they may not, that they’ll probably die in the nuclear war. Born to die to nuclear, they already have this type of despondency, this type of negative attitude.
So, of course, it’s not all unfounded, but the solution, they don’t have the slightest clue. Actually, when the people become Krishna conscious, when the people become aware of their own eternal nature:
na jayate mriyate va kadacin
nayam bhutva bhavita va na bhuyah
ajo nityam sasvato yam purano
na hanyate hanyamane sarire
…that we are unborn and that we never die, that we’re permanent and when the body dies, we don’t die, and that ultimately, mamaivamso jiva-loke jiva-bhutah sanatanah. Krishna says, “All the living entities are My eternal part and parcels.” If the people just knew that, then what is the reason for being afraid?
bhajahu re mana sri-nanda-nandana
durlabha manava-janama sat-sange
taroho e bhava-sindhu re
By taking shelter at the lotus feet of Krishna, one becomes fearless, you see. Actually, a devotee’s just concerned that what will the next life be. It’s for giving up the life, that we have to give up today or tomorrow. Sooner or later, we have to give up the body. What will the next body be?
So the devotee, along with leading this life is trying to do welfare for the whole humanity, through doing service to Krishna as well as engages their intelligence, their time their energy in preparing for their next birth, which, if Krishna gives His mercy, will be on a planet where Krishna is, to directly serve Krishna.HH Jayapataka Swami Christmas Marathon Speech December 25th, 1982