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shastra veda shabda jnana, govinda radhe, krishna bhakti heen abhiman badha de
Part - 1
Bhakti or devotion cannot be practiced without theoretical scriptural knowledge. It is impossible. How would we otherwise know, who am I? What do I have to attain? How will I attain it? Who is Shri Krishna? What is special about Shri Krishna? What are His unique qualities? What is the happiness of the world? Why am I caught up in this? What is the mind? What are the senses? What is the intellect? Why don’t I experience God through these? As long as we do not deeply understand the scriptural answers to these questions, we will not be able to practice bhakti. If we do it anyway, then we will go some distance, and return. We will remain doubtful, and anyone’s simple argument or challenge to our practice will cause us to stop. The other difficulty is that if we merely acquire theoretical scriptural knowledge without engaging in practical bhakti, our pride will increase.

If we leave the topic of God, who is imperceptible and come to the world which is perceived and tangible, even here practical results are not achieved without theoretical knowledge. First understand the theory of cooking, and then cook. How much salt should you put in a certain quantity of dhal? How much milk and sugar should be used in something else? How do you make the syrup for a sweet like rasagulla? There is a very subtle technique for preparing food. To do this properly there are so many cookbooks and courses. If you don’t understand this technique, you cannot prepare food nicely. However, if you just memorise the information, it will not fill your stomach.

Similarly, you could memorise all the arrival and departure timetables for trains and planes. If someone asked you for this information, you could quickly answer him. But if you never leave your home, how will arrive in Vrindavan?


An English translation of a discourse delivered in Hindi by:
Jagadguru Shri Kripalu Ji Maharaj
6 October 2010,
Bhakti Dham, Mangarh
©Radha Govind Samiti
Part - 2
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 on board 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.


An English translation of a discourse delivered in Hindi by:
Jagadguru Shri Kripalu Ji Maharaj
6 October 2010,
Bhakti Dham, Mangarh
©Radha Govind Samiti
Part - 3
One day you had a desire to hug your mother, so you hugged her. You felt happiness. Then you physically separated. Again you felt like hugging her. You ate ten rasagullas and filled your stomach. Now you won’t eat any more, otherwise you will by sick. After twenty-four hours, “I want more rasagulla!” What kind of disease is this that first you have detachment and then desire?

You must understand this science deeply because only then will you become truly detached. And if you do not become detached from the world, then why would you think of or become involved with God?
First examine what happiness you are getting from the world. The world is the place where first you have happiness, and then suffering. God’s area is attained after first exerting some effort and then attaining supreme divine bliss.

If a mother did not tolerate the discomfort of a nine-month pregnancy, no child would ever be born. Every mother has to tolerate this, no matter if she is a Queen, a dog, a donkey or a buffalo. Everyone has to go to school, even the Prime Minister’s son. He also has to listen to the teacher, accept her reprimands and do what she says or be punished.

God has made the same rule for everyone. It is absolutely necessary to understand spiritual theory. But if this is not put into practice, this knowledge becomes our enemy by increasing our pride.


An English translation of a discourse delivered in Hindi by:
Jagadguru Shri Kripalu Ji Maharaj
6 October 2010,
Bhakti Dham, Mangarh
©Radha Govind Samiti


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