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CC Ādi 17.260

Text

yata adhyāpaka, āra tāṅra śiṣya-gaṇa
dharmī, karmī, tapo-niṣṭha, nindaka, durjana

Synonyms

yata — all; adhyāpaka — professors; āra — and; tāṅra — their; śiṣya-gaṇa — students; dharmī — followers of religious ritualistic ceremonies; karmī — performers of fruitive activities; tapaḥ-niṣṭha — performers of austerities; nindaka — blasphemers; durjana — rogues.

Translation

“All the so-called professors and scientists and their students generally follow the regulative principles of religion, fruitive activities and austerities,” the Lord thought, “yet at the same time they are blasphemers and rogues.

Purport

Here is a depiction of materialists who have no knowledge of devotional service. They may be very religious and may work very systematically or perform austerities and penances, but if they blaspheme the Supreme Personality of Godhead they are nothing but rogues. This is confirmed in the Hari-bhakti-sudhodaya (3.11):

bhagavad-bhakti-hīnasyajātiḥ śāstraṁ japas tapaḥ
aprāṇasyaiva dehasya
maṇḍanaṁ loka-rañjanam

If they are without knowledge of devotional service to the Lord, then great nationalism, fruitive, political or social work, science or philosophy are all simply like costly garments decorating a dead body. The only offense of persons adhering to these principles is that they are not devotees; they are always blasphemous toward the Supreme Personality of Godhead and His devotees.