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1.) SB 1.2.6-purport--The material existence of the living being is a diseased condition of actual life. Actual life is spiritual existence, or brahma-bhūta [SB 4.30.20] existence, where life is eternal, blissful and full of knowledge. Material existence is temporary, illusory and full of miseries. There is no happiness at all. There is just the futile attempt to get rid of the miseries, and temporary cessation of misery is falsely called happiness. Therefore, the path of progressive material enjoyment, which is temporary, miserable and illusory, is inferior. But devotional service to the Supreme Lord, which leads one to eternal, blissful and all-cognizant life, is called the superior quality of occupation.
 
2.) SB1.3.38 purport-- Everyone within the creation of the Lord is rendering service to the Lord indirectly or directly. No one is an exception to this law of the Lord. Those who are rendering service indirectly, being forced by the illusory agent of the Lord, are rendering service unto Him unfavorably. But those who are rendering service unto Him directly under the direction of His beloved agent are rendering service unto Him favorably. Such favorable servitors are devotees of the Lord, and by the grace of the Lord they can enter into the mysterious region of transcendence by the mercy of the Lord. But the mental speculators remain in darkness all the time. As stated in Bhagavad-gītā, the Lord Himself guides the pure devotees toward the path of realization due to their constant engagement in the loving service of the Lord in spontaneous affection. That is the secret of entering into the kingdom of God. Fruitive activities and speculation are no qualifications for entering.
 
3.) SB 3.5.2-Vidura said: O great sage, everyone in this world engages in fruitive activities to attain happiness, but one finds neither satiation nor the mitigation of distress. On the contrary, one is only aggravated by such activities. Please, therefore, give us directions on how one should live for real happiness.
 
PURPORT-... A common man cannot understand the Lord. He must first know the real position of his life under the influence of the illusory energy. In illusion one thinks that he can be happy only by fruitive activities, but what actually happens is that one becomes more and more entangled in the network of action and reaction and does not find any solution to the problem of life.
 
4.) SB 3.5.3-O my lord, great philanthropic souls travel on the earth on behalf of the Supreme Personality of Godhead to show compassion to the fallen souls who are averse to the sense of subordination to the Lord.
 
PURPORT--To be obedient to the wishes of the Supreme Lord is the natural position of every living entity. But due only to past misdeeds, a living being becomes averse to the sense of subordination to the Lord and suffers all the miseries of material existence. No one has anything to do but render devotional service to the Supreme Lord, Śrī Kṛṣṇa. Therefore any activity other than transcendental loving service to the Lord is more or less a rebellious action against the supreme will. All fruitive activity, empirical philosophy and mysticism are more or less against the sense of subordination to the Lord, and any living entity engaged in such rebellious activity is more or less condemned by the laws of material nature, which work under the subordination of the Lord. Great unalloyed devotees of the Lord are compassionate towards the fallen, and therefore they travel all over the world with the mission of bringing souls back to Godhead, back to home. Such pure devotees of the Lord carry the message of Godhead in order to deliver the fallen souls, and therefore the common man who is bewildered by the influence of the external energy of the Lord should avail himself of their association.
 
5.) SB 1.1.16-Who is there, desiring deliverance from the vices of the age of quarrel, who is not willing to hear the virtuous glories of the Lord?
 
PURPORT-The age of Kali is the most condemned age due to its quarrelsome features. Kali-yuga is so saturated with vicious habits that there is a great fight at the slightest misunderstanding. Those who are engaged in the pure devotional service of the Lord, who are without any desire for self-aggrandizement and who are freed from the effects of fruitive actions and dry philosophical speculations are capable of getting out of the estrangements of this complicated age.

Some Conclusions-- The above 5 texts and purports given by Srila Prabhupada in his original books, give us a very clear picture of our present situation. He tells us the futile attempt to rid ourselves of misery , we take as happiness, if the attempt is at all “successful”. When we can pay all our bills, that cessation of misery we take as “happiness”. When nobody bothers us, like family members, so called friends, or neighbors, we take that as happiness. Material life is temporary, illusory, and full of misery-when we can stop any , some, or all of these, at least for the being (like for many the so called “vacation time”) this we take as happiness. This is totally the opposite of spiritual life which is not temporary, but eternal, is not illusory, but full of knowledge and finally is always blissful and not full of misery.
 
Srila Prabhupada also mentions how everyone in the creation is rendering service all the time to the Lord-either favorably or unfavorably. Unless this service which we all are giving constantly, is favorable to the Lord under the guidance of His bona fide representative, then we will never enter into the “mysterious region of transcendence”. After some time our so called chanting Hare Krsna will become hackneyed, and due to offenses we will lose all taste.
 
Any activity which is not favorably given to God is more or less an act of rebellion against God and Guru. Any fruitive, speculative,or mystic activities are condemned by the Lord, and we all have to pay the results of those deviations. Prabhupada sums up the solution for us all-”Those who are engaged in the pure devotional service of the Lord, who are without any desire for self-aggrandizement and who are freed from the effects of fruitive actions and dry philosophical speculations are capable of getting out of the estrangements of this complicated age.”
 
Hare Krsna
Damaghosa das