Path to Donkeyhood

His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad
Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj,
Speaking to devotees in London
29 July 2012, part 1

 

It is very nice, very good if devotees come from time to time—slowly, slowly people will come in this way. Why do they not live in the temple permanently?

Devotee: Because they are studying, they go to university.

What will they do after the studies? Get a job? Everybody is studying so hard but what university did Srimati Radharani study at? [His Divine Grace chuckles.] Srila Bhaktivinod Thakur said,

জড়বিদ্যা যয়, মায়ার বৈভব,
তোমার ভজনে বাধা ।
মোহ জনমিয়া অনিত্য সংসারে,
জীবকে করিয়ে গাধা ॥

jada-vidya yata, mayara vaibhava,
tomara bhajane badha
moha janamiya, anitya samsare,
jivake karaye gadha

"All mundane learning is an exhibition of maya and an obstacle to Your service. It brings about infatuation for the temporary world and makes an ass of the soul."

(Saranagati, 3.3)

When you get involved with so much education, maya (illusory environment) attacks you—it brings bondage for your spiritual life, and too much education turns you into a donkey, an ass. Do you understand it? It is not my words—Srila Bhaktivinod Thakur said "gadha" (donkey).

We are only wasting, wasting our time...

 

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