So material life means only busy in four things: how to eat, how to sleep, and how to have nice sex and how to defend: āhāra-nidrā-bhaya-maithunaṁ ca sāmānyam etat paśubhir narāṇām (Hitopadeśa). But these things are not solving our problems. That we do not understand. The problems are there. Not that we Indians who have come to America to see that very rich nation, whether they have solved their problems. No. There are problems—more problems than India. India may have only one problem, that there is… Actually there is no, but we are advertised that Indians are starving. But I have not seen anyone starving. Anyway, so the problem is there. The material life means problem, and if you want to solve the problems, then here is the prescription given: taṁ nirvṛto niyatārtho bhajeta. Taṁ means the Supreme Personality of Godhead.
Then the question may be, "Now you have asked me to give up all endeavor for maintaining yourself, Śukadeva Gosvāmī. You have prescribed that for your food you just wait under the tree, and he will give you some fruits; you can eat. For water you go to the river and drink as much water as you like." Then, before this verse, he said, "For sleeping, there is very nice mattress in the grass. I won’t require any pillow. Now you have got natural pillow this; you have got your hand. Lie down." So, āhāra-nidrā-bhaya-maithunaṁ ca. But if you want to advance in spiritual life, simply you have to give up this sense gratification. And the essence of sense gratification is sex life. Otherwise, there is full arrangement for your eating, sleeping, compartment, apartment. Everything is there. Temple also there you have got. "Where is the temple? I want to worship God. Where is church? Where is temple? If I live on the cave, then I will have to find out another means to go to the temple." Therefore Śukadeva Gosvāmī advises, "No." Evaṁ sva-citte svata eva siddha. "Your, within the core of your heart, the Lord is there. You sit down anywhere—in the cave, in the jungle or anywhere. If you like, you can find out the Lord is there within your heart," īśvaraḥ sarva-bhūtānāṁ hṛd-deśe 'rjuna tiṣṭhati (BG 18.61).
Kṛṣṇa says that the Supreme Lord—that means He—He is situated in everyone's heart. If we are sincere… "We" means these living entities. We are also living within this body. Asmin dehe, dehino ‘smi..., dehino ‘smin dehe (BG 2.13). We are not this body. I am, you are, we are also situated within this body, and Kṛṣṇa is also situated within this body. Īśvaraḥ sarva-bhūtānāṁ hṛd-deśe (BG 18.61). It is not that He is situated in the heart of the Hindus and not of the others. No. Everyone. Sarva-bhūtānāṁ. He is situated even within the heart of cats and dogs and tigers and others. Everyone. That is īśvaraḥ. Īśvaraḥ sarva-bhūtānāṁ hṛd-deśe. This verse we have repeatedly discussed—it is very, very important—that this body is just like a motorcar, yantra. Māyayā… Bhrāmayan sarva-bhūtāni yantrā rūḍhāni māyayā (BG 18.61). Māyayā. Through the agency of māyā, material energy, this vehicle, machine, has been given to me. Why? Because I wanted to wander throughout the universe, just like they are going to the moon planet. So everyone has got this. This is called philosophical ideas. Everyone, every human being, if he is at all human being, he considers. That is philosophical mind. He considers, "Oh, there are so many stars. Whether…, what they are doing? How many men are there? Whether there is motorcar? Whether there is hill, ocean?" These questions automatically come to an intelligent man. That is the beginning of philosophy. Natural.