Selfishness is predominant everywhere
‘Selfishness is so predominant in the world that if human skin should become useful for
some purpose, it will be removed from a dead body and only then will the corpse be sent
to the funeral pyre. There is no doubt about this. As long as one fulfills people’s selfish
desires, they will all respond with respect and love. Bhagavan Adi Sankaracarya rightly
said [from Bhaja Govindam]:
deat vittopdrjana saktah tdvannija-parivdro raktalz,
pas‘cdt dhdvati jarjara dehe vdrtii ko ‘pi na prcchati gehe
This means, as long as one has the capacity to earn, one’s family members show
love. But when old age comes, and the body is totally spent, then nobody in the house
will even inquire about him. Therefore, Bhaja govinddm, bhaja govindam, bhaja
govindam M uudha mate” Therefore, “Worship Govinda, worship Govinda. Oh foolish
one, worship Govinda.”
Gurudev offers the Hindi translation of Bhagavad Gita 4.1 lab before uttering it in Sanskrit.
It is possible that Brahmananda Saraswati had learned of Nazi atrocities in the death camps, but it is
more likely that he is remarking on vile behavior associated with the funerary caste (the Doms).