The Material Plane – Exploitation and Conflicts

On the material plane, even to survive there is so much exploitation. In Srimad Bhagavatam there is a beautiful verse that ends, Jivo jivasya jivanam: “Those who are devoid of hands are prey for those who have hands; those devoid of legs are prey for the four-legged. The weak are the subsistence of the strong, and the general rule holds that one living being is food for another.”

We might be looking at the beauty of the ocean, but within it one fish is eating another all the time. And on the land and the sky, birds are killing insects, cats are killing birds, bigger birds are killing smaller birds, and big animals in the forest are killing little animals. The fox kills the rabbit, the leopard kills the fox, the hunter kills the leopard and time kills the hunter. So there is competition. That is the nature of the material world. Why? Just because of selfishness, just because we put ourselves in the centre.

If we look around at all the conflicts—conflict among nations, conflict among religions, conflict among races, conflict among political parties within a nation, conflict among family members, conflict among different types of businesses, conflict among different sporting teams, and conflict within our own mind—they happen because everyone has a different center. This is the material plane. But if we put God, Krishna, in the centre, all conflicts cease to exist and we come to the spiritual plane.

By Radhanath Swami


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  • Pramathesh Nimkar

    Superb analysis by Radhanath Swami

  • Madana Kishore Das

    Nice explanation.

  • Abhijit Toley

    Radhanath Swami gets to the root cause of every problem.

  • Servant

    A wonderful insight on how to over come conflict by His Holiness Radhanath Swami Maharaj

  • Ravi Garg

    Very nice article…..

  • Yogita Jagannathan

    I pray I am able to keep God in the centre of my life during every decision I take, and not my own false ego and desires.

  • Vinay Rachh

    Association of Devotees is the only place where there is no exploitaion and only service to others

  • Meera Sharma

    Very deep realization from Maharajah,showing the real picture of material existence that root cause of all conflict is selfishness.

  • Arjun K Ramachandra

    How beautifully put! Radhanath Swami has hit the nail right on its head! The cause of all problems is that we keep our self in the center and hence there are too many centers. The waves emanating from these centers then have to collide and break up inevitably just as in a pond of water.

  • Phani

    Radhanath Swami given a insight of this material world. Coming out of it is actually very difficult unless and until we take shelter of pure souls whose goal/center of life is Krishna.

  • Dipti Gaikwad

    Radhanath Swami has given the perfect solution to all issues – live in concentric circles centered around Krishna, not conflicting ones.

  • Rupa

    Amazing explanation for the cause and solution to avoid conficts..

  • brad

    nice explanation.

  • krishna chandra

    Such a perfect explanation. If God is in the centre of our lives, we would be happy to serve HIS needs, not ours.

  • vaishali kamat

    Radhanath Swami has nicely explained the need to keep God / Krishna in the centre. It is same as killing our Material self to give more importance to the spiritual or true self !!

  • Sujit Mehta

    Amazing explanation to the eternal truth, Radhanath Swamis discourses are really enlightening .

  • Siddeshwar Bhat

    The solution is so simple, yet so hard in application……

  • rajendra desai

    KC life only can give peace of mind

  • Jitendra Pardeshi

    Thank you Radhanath Swami Maharaj for the wonderful analysis and insight into the ‘conflicts’ and its solution – God centered life.

  • Prahalad Kaul

    Very truely said by Radhanath Swami- Putting Krishna in the cetre solves all the problems.

  • Shantipur Nath das

    amazing analysis

  • deepak

    Radhanath Swami gives the wonderful solution to resolve all the conflicts in the material world.

  • N Swaminathan

    Very important teaching by Radhanath Swami. Selfishness causes so many conflicts at all levels.

  • Pankaj

    Amazing analogy ! Because you can put infinite number of circles around a common center, God, without any interferences or conflicts.

    Thank you Radhanath Swami.

  • shirish

    Thank you Radhanath swami maharaj for explaing the reality of this world.

  • Kuldeep Soni

    Very inspiring article that shows the selfishness in involved in all the living species. Thank you so much for enlighten us.

  • sandeep kaimal

    Swamiji has a given a good insight into material world reality.