H. H. Niranjana Swami
ISKCON Founder—Acarya His Divine GraceA.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

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Niranjana Swami
Lectures from a Disciple, Vol. 2, "Enthusiasm for Devotional Service"

In Sri Bhaktyaloka, Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura speaks on the subject of apathy, indifference, which he says is the tendency towards impersonalism. If we do not have strong faith in the holy name and in the hearing of the Lord's pastimes, and simultaneously have no attraction for fruitive work, being somewhat disgusted with the material world, we become indifferent or apathetic and therefore inert. Having no impetus to work, we think, "Why should I do anything if everything I do leads to suffering?" Seeing only negativity and suffering on one side and having no faith in the positive, the Lord and His pastimes on the other, we may be left with no reason to live. Bhaktivinoda Thakura writes, "What can remain in a person's heart except for indifference towards everything?"

Srila Prabhupada
Lecture on Bhagavad-gita 1.43, London, July 30, 1969

Catur-varnyam maya srstam guna-karma-vibhagasah [Bg. 4.13]. This is meant for the human being, manusyanаm, not for the animals. So unless the human society accepts this principle of varnasrama-dharma ordained by Krsna, the Supreme Lord, he is not considered amongst the human being. They are as good as animals because there is no regular, systematic principles of how to live, a human being.