shastra veda shabda jnana, govinda radhe,
krishna bhakti heen abhiman badha de
So without practical application, theoretical knowledge becomes harmful. We think we know everything. If someone were to ask someone with a little theoretical knowledge of the scriptures what is written in the Gita and Bhagavatam, the listener will think, “This person is a great scholar!” But he is not a great scholar. He is even more ignorant than you because his ego has become more inflated by thinking, “I know everything!” What is the benefit of this kind of knowing?Just by merely having theoretical knowledge, we will not have success either in the material world or the divine world.
You want to travel somewhere by train. You ask at the station, “What is the fare?” You are told, “Fifty rupees” You have fifty rupees in your pocket, but without buying a ticket you sit on the train. At the next station the inspector comes onboard and says, “Show me your ticket.” You are not able to produce one, and instead you say, “Here, take the money.” The inspector impatiently says, “Your money is to be taken at the place where you got on the train!” You say, “Why is it like that?” The inspector says, “What do you mean why is it like that? How in the world will I know where you got on the train? You have to buy a ticket first and then get on the train!” Now your money will not be of any use. It is only of use when you give it at the station from where you started, and buy a ticket. If you don’t understand the theoretical, you won’t have success with the practical.
So theoretical knowledge is absolutely essential, and this is 101 percent true in the case of God. Without this, we will not have spiritual success. First of all, you should understand the nature of the world and that you are not receiving happiness from it. Why not? Look, you have been receiving happiness from the world from your birth. You have had and fulfilled so many desires, but still you are a beggar.
To be continued . . .
An English translation of a discourse delivered in Hindi by:
Jagadguru Shri Kripalu Ji Maharaj
6 October 2010,
Bhakti Dham, Mangarh
©Radha Govind Samiti