Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Bhagavad Gita As It Is -
Chapter 4 Text 34
tad viddhi pranipatena
upadeksyanti te jnanam
jnaninas tatt va-darsinah
tat--that knowledge of different sacrifices; viddhi--try to understand; pranipatena--by approaching a spiritual master; pariprasnena--by submissive inquiries; sevaya--by the rendering of service; upadeksyanti--they will initiate; te--you; jnanam--into knowledge; jnaninah--the self-realized; tattva--of the truth; darsinah--seers.
Just try to learn the truth by approaching a spiritual master. Inquire from him submissively and render service unto him. The self-realized souls can impart knowledge unto you because they have seen the truth.
Srila Prabhupada reminds us in his purport; The Bhagavatam (6.3.19) says, dharmam tu saksad bhagavat-pranitam: the path of religion is directly enunciated by the Lord. Therefore, mental speculation or dry arguments cannot help lead one to the right path. Nor by independent study of books of knowledge can one progress in spiritual life. One has to approach a bona fide spiritual master to receive the knowledge.
This may be the hardest lesson one has to learn (it was for me) but approaching a spiritual master or, in my case, a devotee of Srila Prabhupada, has helped me immensely in my life!