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Compiled by Damaghosa dasa (Seattle, USA) .

Indian: Because if we go wholeheartedly to God without proper understanding, there is also a flaw.

Srila Prabhupada: No. There is no question of understanding. Suppose this process… Just like Krishna says, bahunam janmanam ante jnanavan mam prapadyate: [Bg. 7.19] "After many, many births of culture of knowledge, the person who has come to the highest point of knowledge, he surrenders unto Me." So similarly, if any person without any knowledge, if he surrenders only to Krishna, he acquires all the knowledge. He has surpassed all stages. He has surpassed all stages. And that is also confirmed. If you say, "How he has gone, surpassed all stage?" That answer in Bhagavad-gītā you find,

tesam evanukampartham
aham ajnana-jam tamaḥ
nasayamy atma-bhava-stho
jnana-dipena bhasvatāa
[Bg. 10.11]

Tesam: "Because he is a devotee, just to give, just to show him a special favor," tesamevanukampartham, "simply for showing a special favor, I Myself, from within, I light up the knowledge, I mean to say, searchlight, and he becomes…"

And you will find that Gaura Kishora dasa Babaji Maharaja was completely illiterate. He did not know how to sign, and my spiritual master was the most learned man of his age. He accepted that Guru who was completely illiterate. But when he would speak, Gaura Kishora dasa Babaji Maharaja, you will be surprised, that he would speak with all Vedic references.

yasya deve para bhaktir
yatha deve tatha gurau
tasyaite kathita hy arthaḥ
prakasante mahatmanaḥ
[SU 6.23]

So the spiritual knowledge becomes revealed. It is not subjected to any material acquisition. It is not subjected to any material acquisition of knowledge. It becomes revealed. How? Yasya deve para bhaktir yatha deve tatha gurau. One who has a staunch faith in the Supreme Lord and staunch faith in the personality of his spiritual master, bona fide, then he gets all the things revealed in himself. Spiritual things are not just like material things.

So according to Bhagavad-gita, sarva-guhyatamam, the Lord says that "The most confidential part of knowledge I am speaking to you, my dear Arjuna, because you are My very dear friend, that sarva-dharman parityajya mam ekam sharaṇam vraja [Bg. 18.66]." So one who has the conception of the Supreme Personality of Godhead and has surrendered unto Him, he is considered to be highest, topmost spiritualist.

Indian: What is the importance of prasadam? Importance of prasadam?

Srila Prabhupada: Prasada? Prasada means mercy. Mercy. Prasada means rupena-prakrstasidati. That isprasada means completely satisfied.

Indian: At the end of this, you will give us some prasada. What is the importance of that prasada?

Srila Prabhupada: Oh, that. Yes. Prasada. Very good. That prasada is Krishna's favor. Krishna's special favor. That is prasada. Prasade sarva-duhkhanamm hanir asyopajayate. If we simply eat Krishna prasada, without any culture, we can get spiritual knowledge. All right. Let us have sankirtana. (end

Bhagavad-gita Lecture: 4.24-34 — New York, August 12, 1966

 


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