(Click to enlarge photo of Srila Prabhupada)
"So everything is clear. There is no need of interpretation. If you actu... Simply you have to take the teachings. Then you will be benefited.
So in this Bhagavad-gītā you will find so many nice information that if you feel... If you don't feel, that is another thing. You have to feel that 'Why I am put into so many miserable conditions of life, although I do not want it?' That should be your question. If this question does not arise in your mind, that means still you are in the animal stage of life. That is the human stage of life, when one inquires that 'I do not wish to suffer. I do not want this suffering, but I am put into this suffering. Why? This 'why,' for this 'why,' there is Upaniṣad which is called Kena Upaniṣad. So this 'why' question must be there in the developed stage of human consciousness. And when that 'why' question comes, there is an answer. There is answer in the Bhagavad-gītā, in the Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam, and all Vedic literatures.
So although people are not very much interested with all these questions and answers, but they are essential. If they do not question and seek for the answers, then they are simply wasting their the opportunity of human life. That is stated in the Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam:
nūnaṁ pramattaḥ kurute vikarma
yad indriya-prītaya āpṛṇoti
na sādhu manye yata ātmano 'yam
asann api kleśada āsa dehaḥ
The Ṛṣabhadeva says that 'People have become mad after sense gratification.' Pramattaḥ. Pramattaḥ means mad. Nūnaṁ pramattaḥ kurute vikarma. And they are doing which they should not have done, but they do not know that 'By doing nonsense things we have got this body, which is so much miserable.' And still, he's preparing for another miserable body.
So this is not very good. These things are there. Although these people have no interest in all these questions and answers, but it is our mission to awake people to this Kṛṣṇa consciousness. Although it is not possible that cent percent people will accept this or try to understand, but if one man can understand, one woman can understand, then our mission is successful. This very..., subject matter is very difficult, but we are prepared to convince any man to this understanding, provided he is serious to understand. But we don't... Very little, very few men are interested to understand this philosophy seriously. Simply they are busy with process of sense gratification, and if somebody comes, 'All right, you go on with your sense gratification. You simply meditate for fifteen minutes, and within six months you become God,' these things are..., these bluffs like this will be accepted very easily. But we are not meant for giving people false information. We are trying to give you information from authoritative scriptures, Vedas. And if you are fortunate enough, if you take this information, try to understand by your reasoning, by your logic, and adopt it, and your life will be sublime. Your life will be successful. Otherwise, you will be put into the cycle of birth and death as is going on, and sufferings will continue."
(Srila Prabhupada Lecture, International Student Society, Boston,
May 3, 1969)