Because the education was very high, Vedic education. Satisfied with Brahman realization. Brahma-bhūtaḥ prasannātmā [Bg. 18.54]. Not very long ago, say about 300 years ago, there was a brāhmaṇa, a very rigid brāhmaṇa, in Kṛṣṇa-nagara, near our Māyāpura. And brāhmaṇa’s business, he was teaching. So the king of that place, means a big zamindar, Rājā Kṛṣṇa-candra … By his name, that place is Kṛṣṇa-nagara. So he heard about the brāhmaṇa, very learned brāhmaṇa, but very poor. So he one day came to him and asked him, “Brāhmaṇa, can I help you any way?” So he said, “No, I don’t require any help from you.”
“No, I see you are so poverty-stricken. You have no sufficient means.” “No, I am not poverty-stricken. My students, they get some alms of rice. So my wife boils the rice, and here is a tamarind tree. So I take some leaves and boil it, and that’s sufficient. Why I am poverty-stricken?” He’s satisfied, whatever is coming automatically, that’s all. He doesn’t require any higher standard of life, any botheration. He is satisfied, little rice and tamarind juice. That’s all. So in each and every home, formerly, this independence was very much valued. So at the modern education this independence is being killed. People are becoming unemployed, machine. Machine … High technologist means he must find out a job where technological machines are there. Otherwise he will starve, and he will have to go round, factory to factory: “Will you give me some service?” “No vacancy.”
(Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam 2.3.18-19 – Bombay, March 23, 1977, At Cross Maidan Pandal)
So we see here how nicely Srila Prabhupada puts it, what is real success in life – Brahma-bhūtaḥ prasannātmā. This is happiness! It is there within us always. We do not have to go anywhere, chase after anything or any one, we do not have to do anything. We must simply see what happiness is there waiting within.