1. Advancement beyond the lust & greed of “civilization”

    The whole world is working so hard, especially in Western countries. They have got their nice motorcar, nice roads, and flyover. Very good facility for driving motorcar, and they have got enough motorcar also. Every third man has got a car. But what are these civilization? Kama and lobha, lustiness and greediness. That’s all. The basic principle is lust and greediness. That’s all. This is their qualification. So anyone who has become free from this lusty and greedy status of life, he’s advanced. He’s advanced. Kama-lobhadayas ca ye. Because these lusty desires and greediness will not help him at any time to realize his self or to realize God.

    Srila Prabhupada; lecture on Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.2.19 — Vrndavana, October 30, 1972