Prabhupada, Nairobi, October 30, 1975:..Materialistic eyes means everything we think in the, with reference to our sense gratification. That is materialistic eyes. “Everything belongs to God”—that we cannot believe or neither we have got the power to understand it. Krishna says, God says, sarva-loka-mahesvaram: “Everything belongs to Me.” Still, we are fighting: “No, this Africa is mine,” “This America is mine,” or “This India is mine.”
They are simply fighting, simply fighting on this misconception. It is clearly said, and is a fact. How this land becomes yours? It does not belong to you. You have come for the time being, for, say, fifty years, hundred years. But the land is lying for millions and millions of years. So before your coming the land was there, and after your going away the land will be there. How it becomes yours?
But they have no common sense, these rascals. They have no common sense. They are fighting—“nationalism.” Therefore they are described as go-khara, go-khara, animals, cows and asses. Yasyatma-buddhih kunape tri-dhatuke sva-dhih kalatradisu bhauma-ijya-dhih [SB 10.84.13]. Bhauma-idya-dhih, this is nationalism, worshiping the land of birth. This is called nationalism.
So everyone is becoming very great personality by bhauma-ijya- dhih. The land in which he has taken birth is worshipable, not this Deity. Deity is impersonal, but the land is personal. This is their intelligence. Therefore in sastra it is said, yasyatma-buddhih kunape tri-dhatuke [SB 10.84.13]. The mistake begins from this misunderstanding that “I am this body.”
Therefore all other mistakes What are those? Yasyatma-buddhih kunape tri-dhatuke…, sva-dhih kalatradisu: family. “My wife. This is my wife. This is my children. This is my father. This is my mother. We are in a family.” Sva-dhih: “They are my kith and kin. Others, they are all my enemies.” So this crippled thought Yasyatma-buddhih kunape tri-dhatuke sva-dhih kalatradisu [SB 10.84.13].
Because they have no knowledge that “Nobody is my father. Nobody is my mother. I am nobody’s son. We are simply assembled together under certain condition, just like some straws gathered together by the waves of the river, and again, by the same river, it is tossed here and there and then the straw remains one.”
So we can study our history of life, that someone was born in India; someone was born in America; someone was born in Africa, Canada. So we have come together. There was no idea that we shall have to give up our family relationship and come into this society of Krishna conscious. So similarly, we mix together, intermingle, by chance. Not by chance—by the arrangement of the Supreme, by providence. Karmana daiva-netrena.
So we play the part of the son, the father, the wife, the children, but it is exactly the same—a straw gathering by the waves of the river. So just like sometimes in a foreign country we make some relationship, brother, father, but that is not actually the fact. The real father is Krishna. Sarva-yonisu kaunteya sambhavanti murtayoyah [Bg. 14.4].