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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
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Śrīla Prabhupāda: Once again, Vedānta means “the ultimate knowledge.” And what is that knowledge many births, one who is actually in knowledge at last surrenders unto Me.” So unless one surrenders to Kṛṣṇa, there is no jñāna, no knowledge.
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Therefore the Māyāvādī Vedantists are all nonsense – they have no knowledge at all. The subject matter of ultimate knowledge, Vedānta, is Kṛṣṇa, God. So if one does not know who God is, who Kṛṣṇa is , and if one does not surrender to Him, then where is the question of knowledge? But if a rascal claims that “I am a man of knowledge,” what can be done?
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understands that Vāsudeva, Kṛṣṇa, is everything, then that is knowledge. But such a mahātmā is very rare.” Before coming to this understanding, one has no knowledge. His so-called understanding is the ultimate knowledge. But if you do not understand Kṛṣṇa, then where is your knowledge? Half-way knowledge is not knowledge. It must be complete knowledge.
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Puṣṭa Kṛṣṇa: Śrīla Prabhupāda, are you saying that the Māyāvādīs have no knowledge at all?
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Śrīla Prabhupāda: The real aim of saṁskāras is to bring a rascal to the platform of knowledge knowledge. So the purpose of saṁskāras is to gradually bring a person who has no knowledge of spiritual
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Pradyumna: There’s just one more thing, Śrīla Prabhupāda. What’s the minimum knowledge one must have to . . .
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“The humble sages, by virtue of true knowledge, see with equal vision a learned and gentle brāhmaṇa degree-holder who has no tapasya and no character – Kṛṣṇa says he is māyayāpahṛta-jñānā, “his knowledge knowledge. He’s a rascal. He’s an animal. This is the perspective of Vedic civilization.
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-gītā, and still it is accepted as the greatest book of knowledge all over the world. Even people from knowledge. Who can give such knowledge? That is the proof that He is God. Kṛṣṇa has all opulences in full, including knowledge. Other than here in Kṛṣṇa’s words, where is such knowledge throughout the whole world? Every line is sublime knowledge. If you study Bhagavad-gītā scrutinizingly, you’ll understand that Kṛṣṇa is the Supreme Lord.
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That complete knowledge is possible, as it is said in the Bhagavad-gītā, bahūnāṁ janmanām ante – after many births. Those who are striving to acquire knowledge – after many, many births, when actually by the grace of God and by the grace of a devotee they come to knowledge, then such persons agree
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Pradyumna: Śrīla Prabhupāda, you’re saying we must know God before we can love Him. So that means devotional service is preceded by knowledge.
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two words 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