6. The Ultimate Knowledge
on jñāna [cultivation of knowledge], are being given the pride of place by noted savants?” Śrīla combined in the word Vedānta are veda and anta. Veda means “knowledge,” and anta means “goal” or ”end .” So Vedānta means “the end of all knowledge, or veda.” Now, in the Bhagavad-gītā Lord Kṛṣṇa says end of knowledge. And if we take shelter of the Māyāvādī Vedantists, the bluffers, then we cannot knowledge are also rascals. They are willingly being cheated. Let the Māyāvādī Vedantists and their
Prabhupāda: No, because they have no knowledge. How we can enjoy life without knowledge? They also accept that for this comfortable situation they require knowledge---the engineering knowledge, this knowledge, that knowledge. But that knowledge is not sufficient. You require another knowledge. That you are lacking. You are deficient in that knowledge, self-realization. That is the defect. This knowledge will not help you. For eating, sleeping knowledge, this child, if I give him some eatable
education pertains only to matter, and it is not accepted here as knowledge. Knowledge means knowing the distinction between spirit and matter. In modern education there is no knowledge about spirit Intelligence refers to the power to analyze things in their proper perspective, and knowledge refers to understanding what is spirit and what is matter. Ordinary knowledge obtained by a university ; they are simply taking care of the material elements and bodily needs. Therefore academic knowledge is not complete.
Veda, Veda means knowledge. Vetti veda vidoḥ jñāne vinte vid vicaraṇe. So vid-dhātu, those who are Sanskrit scholars here, they'll understand. Vid means to know, knowledge. So Vedic literature means to receive knowledge, authoritative knowledge. Not false knowledge. False knowledge... There is difference between false knowledge and authoritative knowledge. So far we are concerned at the present moment, whatever knowledge we are giving or accepting, they are more or less false knowledge. Not authoritative knowledge.
Prabhupāda: Not just for knowledge, because they do not get any knowledge. They have no knowledge . What is the knowledge? They talk all nonsense. What is the knowledge?
Yogeśvara: They just accumulate knowledge just for knowledge. They just accumulate knowledge just for knowledge sake. All these big...
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on. But what is this rāja-vidyā, the king of education, the summum bonum of knowledge? It is this Kṛṣṇa consciousness. Real knowledge is understanding what I am. Unless we come to the point of understanding what we are, we cannot attain real knowledge. When Sanātana Gosvāmī left his government post In the material world there are so many gradations of education. Some people never finish grammar school or high school, whereas others go on and receive a university education, a BA, MA, PhD, and so
Prabhupāda: That is faith---means on knowledge. So faith with knowledge is very good. But beginning must be faith---with knowledge or without knowledge.
Bhagvad-gītā 7.2 in Hindi [final proofreading pending]
So this knowledge when understood along with the science behind it is called realized knowledge. So realized knowledge of the Absolute Truth, realized knowledge of the soul, and realized knowledge of Brahman, is one and same thing. The Lord is himself imparting knowledge about the Absolute Truth . athāto brahma-jijñāsā. This human form of life is for gaining knowledge about Brahman, transcendence . There is no need to gain any other knowledge. What knowledge can you gain? Only knowledge of
Personality of Godhead. If we receive knowledge from the Supreme, then it is perfect knowledge. Just like if you get some knowledge from the superior, one who is more educated than you, one who is more experienced, that knowledge is perfect. So in this material world there may be somebody supreme, but he -vigraha, anādir ādir govindaḥ sarva-kāraṇa-kāraṇam [Bs. 5.1]. So if we receive knowledge from the ultimate supreme, īśvaraḥ paramaḥ kṛṣṇaḥ, then our knowledge is perfect. If we receive knowledge secondary
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degrees of knowledge? Brahman knowledge, Paramātmā knowledge and Bhagavān knowledge. The same thing : the knowledge of sunshine, the knowledge of sun globe and the knowledge of this predominating deity in the sun globe.
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Prabhupāda: We cannot compromise. Knowledge is knowledge. It cannot be changed because there is secular, pecular and [indistinct]. It cannot be changed. Knowledge is knowledge. Just like this asmin dehe dehino 'smin. What is secular knowledge? It is knowledge for everyone. Within this body the active principle is there. And the secular knowledge says, "No, no, the active principle is outside." We have to accept it? Knowledge is knowledge. Two plus two is equal to everyone, everywhere. It is four.
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