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Title: A Baby Does Not Study.....must We
User: Swami Gaurangapada Date: 2006-07-14 12:14:00
I have just registered with the hope that with your divine grace and† compassion the path of my quest will now have more lights. Please accept me as† your student.
†One question always disturbed me. That is a baby loves the mother† unconditionally without bothering to know about her looks or qualities. The† mother also reciprocrates knowing fully well that her baby is totally ignorant† and helpless and that her baby is totally surrendered to her.
†Now if we, by the dint of prarabdha samskar or by simple faith, can become† like a helpless baby and surrender to His lotus feet, do we need to go into the† studies of the Vedas, the Gita and all other thick and† difficult-to-understand-books ? They help but without His divine grace one tends† to become proud of becoming a pundit or becomes a totally confused man. Is it a† must to study the books?
Answer by Swami Gaurangapada:
†Originally† posted by Kumar
I have just registered with the hope that with your divine† grace and compassion the path of my quest will now have more lights. Please† accept me as your† student.
†† Welcome Dilip Kumar Ghosh .†
Nityananda! Gauranga! Hare† Krishna! You have the right and perfect consciousness and humility to learn† about the Absolute Truth.
†One† question always disturbed me. That is a baby loves the mother unconditionally† without bothering to know about her looks or qualities. The mother also† reciprocrates knowing fully well that her baby is totally ignorant and helpless† and that her baby is totally surrendered to† her.
†† Yes sure the baby is totally helpless and surrendered to her mother but are† the Kali Yuga souls ever able cry to Lord Gauranga-Krishna with such† helplessness and urgency and surrender? No, never, such crying with complete† dependance on the Lord is called sharanagati and is of six kinds which we may† discuss is some other posts. Thus it is possible only for the greatly advanced† realized souls to cry totally helplessly to the Lord with true full surrender† and thus only they can be compared to the child. A neophyte devotee may claim† full surrender but when we ask him to give up his wife, home or money, he will† start shouting instead of crying.
Now †if we, by the dint of prarabdha samskar or by simple faith, can become like a† helpless baby and surrender to His lotus feet, do we need to go into the studies† of the Vedas, the Gita and all other thick and difficult-to-understand-books?
†Yes because we have not yet reached the state of spontaneous attachment and† surrender to Lord Gauranga-Krishna like the child you have described above. We† need to practice devotional service according to scripture, guru and the† vaishnavas.
Shri Chaitanya Charitamrita states:
†maya mugdha jivera svatah nahi krishna gyana
jivera kripaya krishna kaila† veda purana
†"The Vedic scriptures and Puranas have been manifested by Lord† Gauranga-Krishna Himself because the Lord knew that the soul bewildered by His† illusory energy Mahamaya cannot understand Him on his own or by simply by the† dint of one's own material intelligence."
†The Vedic scriptures are our mother and the Lord is our father. To properly† understand the Father one has to take shelter of the Mother. There is no other† way.
†Ofcourse one has to study the Vedic Scriptures under the guidance of a† bonafide Guru who can simplify the study and deeply teach us a few scriptures† from the Vedas which are the essence of the Vedas in Kali Yuga. Acaryavan† purusho veda....One who has a bonafide and realized Guru knows everything in the† Vedas at one's fingertips because the Guru presents the distilled essence of all† the Vedas so one does not have to read and to research for thousands of† lives.
†† The few main scriptures of Gauranga Dharma are the ones you can study and† read so you will get the full essence of all the Vedic scriptures. The distilled† essence of the Vedas is Lord Gauranga Mahaprabhu and all the Vedic scriptures† related to His Holy Names and Pastimes are the most primely important in Kali† Yuga.
†They† help but without His divine grace one tends to become proud of becoming a pundit† or becomes a totally confused man. Is it a must to study the† books?
†† Without reading or hearing or studying the Holy Books glorifying His Holy† Names and Pastimes under the guidance of the realized Guru, you will never be† able to factually achieve His Divine Grace. One becomes puffed up and pandita by† the study of speculative knowledge under a non-devotee puffed-up Guru. But under† the guidance and shelter of the bonafide Guru who is the worshiper of Their† Lordships Nityananda-Gauranga, the saviors of Kali Yuga, you will never become† puffed-up. Infact the more you become a pundit or learned, the more you will† display the humility of a Vaishnava like Shrila Ganganarayana Chakravarti, the† great scholar disciple of Shrila Narottama dasa Thakura.
†I† am your disciple, please help† me.
†We accept you as a student and we are always at your service to guide you to† the eternal Kingdom of God.
†We thank Nitaipada Maharaja and Divine Madman prabhu to responding in such a† detailed way to your query.