Does One Need To Check One’s Material Propensity? by Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakura
If the propensity to enjoy material life is not checked, then one will continue in the cycle of repeated birth and death. It is important to stop acting for sense gratification. Unless one stops acting for sense gratification, the propensity
for material life—and the suffering that comes from material distress— will not be destroyed. It is essential to cultivate Krishna consciousness. Spiritual cultivation removes the desire for material life, destroys the desire to try for artha, kāma, dharma, and mokṣa, and gives one supreme fortune. All the material desires in the heart of a person in which Lord Krishna has manifest are automatically destroyed, because Krishna is the transcendental Cupid and all desires serve Him and no one else. One who has captured Krishna in his heart has no desire for sense gratification.
Whenever we do not follow the Vaisnava lifestyle, our senses will become misguided and fall prey to material objects. We will forget that Lord Krishna is the proprietor of our senses. We have been given this human form of life to worship Hari. Guided by the sailor in the form of guru, we can cross the ocean of material existence on the boat of
the human body and attain Sri Krishna’s lotus feet. Why, then, should we prefer to drown in the ocean of material existence?
— Amṛta Vāṇī: Nectar of Instructions of Immoratality His Divine Grace Bhaktisiddhānta Sarasvatī Ṭhākura Prabhupāda Compiled by Śrīpāda Bhakti Mayukha Bhāgavat MahārajaAdapted and Published by Īśvara dāsa