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CHURCHES IN THE STRAND.

CHURCHES IN THE STRAND.

The next symptoms are:
udaram-bharatä svärthah
satyatve dhärstyam eva hi
däksyam kutumba-bharanam
yaso-’rthe dharma-sevanam
“The purpose of life will consist simply of filling one’s stomach, and audacity will become equivalent to conclusive truth. If a man can even maintain his own family members, he will be honored as very expert, and religiosity will be measured by a person’s reputation for material accomplishments.” [Srimad-Bhägavatam 12.2.6] So, if somehow one can eat very sumptuously, then he will think all his interests are fulfilled. People will be very hungry, with nothing to eat, and therefore if they can eat very sumptuously on one day, that will be the fulfillment of all their desires. The next symptom is satyatve dhärstyam eva hi: Anyone who is expert at word jugglery will be considered very truthful. Another symptom, däksyam kutumba-bharanam: One shall be considered very expert if he can maintain his family—his wife and children. In other words, this will become very difficult. In fact, it has already become difficult. To maintain a wife and two children is now a great burden. Therefore no one wants to marry.

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