Radhanath Swami on the Special Opulence of Human Beings

Special Opulence

There are 8,400,000 species of life within the world and each species of life has a particular power that makes it unique among all other species. Take the little worm. When we see the worm crawling in the ground we do not think so much about it. But can we crawl in the ground like the worm within the dirt? If a human being could do that, he/she will be considered a great yogi. And then, the fly can fly. If a human being could fly like a fly, people will say, “Oh such a great mystic! Such powers! Please give me your blessings Swamiji.” So every living being has a particular power. The fish can live under the water the whole life and never come up to the air. How is that possible? The ant could lift hundreds of times more weight than the weight of its own body. No one could demonstrate such powers. The vulture can see from miles and miles in the sky, exactly what it’s looking for. We cannot even see beyond one or two city
blocks.

So each species of life has a particular opulence given by the Lord and with this opulence it enjoys and suffers. And when one finally comes to the human species of life after the soul’s evolution through millions and millions lower species, he/she has to seek that unique opulence that’s given by God to him/ her. And what is that? The human being has the power of intelligence to inquire, ‘What is the truth? Why am I suffering? Who am I? Who is God? What is my relationship with God? How to live a life in such a way that I can be freed once and for all from the miseries of birth, old age, disease, and death?”

By Radhanath Swami

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