Birth, Death, Old Age and Disease - an essential subject

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When prince Siddharta went on his quest for enlightenment, he witnessed four kinds of suffering - birth, death, old age and disease. That sobering experience led him to sit under the tree and meditate to find a solution and thus, he became Buddha - The Enlightened One.

You may say - it was just an ancient story, but actually these sufferings concern each and every one of us and there is no way we can avoid it. Still, nobody is asking the serious question - why do we have to suffer? Science is trying to fight diseases, prolong life, preserve beauty but still people are dying, taking birth, getting old and sick.

Bhagavad-gita explains, that birth, death, old age and disease are unnatural to us, because we, as spirit souls are by our very nature eternal, full of knowledge and bliss. Thus making a solution of this “birth, death, old age and disease problem” should be our priority. The solution to this problem is spiritual, not material.

Srila Prabhupada's books, lectures, conversations and letters offer a comprehensive presentation of this essential subject as seen in the Vaniquotes Birth, Death, Old Age and Disease category. An introduction from his books is given below in the following 11 quotes.



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