Spiritual Questions and Answers with Radhanath Swami

Is the modern man more depressed than his ancestors? Radhanath Swami says…

By on February 28, 2011 in Life with 59 Comments

Modern ManQuestion to Radhanath Swami: Is the modern man more depressed than his ancestors?

Radhanath Swami: According to statistics of the World Health Organization, incidents of serious depression have increased by 50% in the last 10 years. We have better telephones, better televisions, more efficient motor cars, better highways systems, better airplanes and air traffic control and the computers are getting smaller and more efficient. But despite so much material progress, why have the number of cases of suicides, depressions, alcoholism and drug addiction drastically increased in society? This is a simple question that thoughtful people should ask. The answer, according to the Bhagavad Gita, is that living superficial lives that are not in harmony with our real nature can never bring us real fulfillment. The more we strive for happiness through materialistic ways, the more our heart becomes frustrated.

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