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Submissive Inquiry


A disciple should be sincerely inquisitive about the ultimate /"\goal of life, tasmat gurum prapadyeta jijnasu sreyah uttamam. (Shrimad Bhagavatam 11.3.21) "Any person who seri­ously desires  real happiness must seek a bonafide spiritual mas­ter and take shelter of him by initiation." A disciple must be sin­cerely inquisitive about the topmost long-term goal of life. The highest long-term  welfare is spiritual welfare and one should be serious about it. Even animals like cats, dog and birds are inquisitive about food, shelter, sex etc. So inquisitiveness about how to improve eating,  sleeping, mating and defending is not appreciated in the scriptures because such inquisitiveness only makes us more so­phisticated two-legged animals.The short-term goals of life  (calledpreyas) are to gain wealth, name, fame, a posh apartment, a promising career etc. Even if achieved, such things are temporary and will be taken away at the time of death. The long-term  goal of life (called shreyas) is to become Krishna conscious and achieve the kingdom of God. The disciple must be inquisitive to know, "Why am I suffering? What ls tne meaning and ultimate  destination of life?"


In the modern times, people are not at all interested in spiritual' subject matters and are heading full-speed towards self-destruction by pursuing short-term goals, which may be very sweet aie painfully short-lived. The long-term goal may demand some Penance in the beginning but the fruit is eternal bliss with full knowledge. A simple example will clarify this point. Given a choice,  what would a child choose between a chocolate and a hundred-rupee note? An unintelligent child will probably choose a chocolate to get immediate pleasure, but an intelligent child knows that he  can get hundreds of chocolates by using the hun­dred rupee note, provided he is patient enough to go to a shop­keeper with it and purchase the chocolates. Similarly, we have to ask ourselves:  Do I want flickering material pleasures or ever­lasting spiritual happiness in the kingdom of God?


The Vedas enjoin: tamaso majyotir gama "Go from darkness to light." The darkness mentioned here refers to the material world, because the material world is an inherently dark place.  Otherwise why would we need the sun, moon, electricity, fire etc tor providing light? Therefore the Vedas urge a human being to go from darkness (ignorance) to light (knowledge) or from the  Material world to the spiritual world. A disciple should never be proud of his material qualifications like education, bodily beauty, wealth, high birth etc. Such qualjf cations have no connection with  spiritual life. In fact, they mav even have an adverse effect like a heavy gold crown on the head of a drowning man because they may increase the false pride of a prospective disciple and  obstruct his spiritual advancement. So a disciple should never present his material qualifications in front of the spiritual master. For example, His Divine Grace Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati was  highly educated: but he took ini­tiation from Gaurakishore Das Babaji Maharaj who was illiterate but was greatly enlightened in the conclusions of the scriptures.