Chakra Discussions

Quest for truth requires discernment

by Gaurav Mittal

Posted September 11, 2003

In reply to the "Lunatic's Logic" article by Niscala dasi:

I think most of us are in complete illusion. Can the ant understand the knowledge or even the life of human beings? Can the ant understand the intricacies of the earth as understood by humans? If we compare the ratio of the ant's size to the earth and the ratio of our size to the universe, or even the solar system, we will understand that we are insignificant beings. Unless we expand our consciousness to delve into higher dimensions, we cannot understand the Absolute Truth, just as the ant cannot understand reality as perceived by us.

In Narada Bhakti Sutra 51-52, it is explained that the pure love of God (or the Absolute Reality) cannot be explained by words and its description is like a mute person's effort to describe what he tastes. No book or guru can ever claim perfectly to explain God or Krishna. Even Goddess Sarasvati, or Sesa with thousands of mouths, cannot perfect describe Krishna or God.

The truth is revealed to us from within (Narada Bhakti Sutra 53). Therefore, the purpose of Vedic literatures is to enable us to realize the Absolute Truth, which is beyond words or books. They make us qualified so that knowledge can be revealed to us from the Lord Himself.

It is important to understand what is perfection. Any literatures or teachers who bring us nearer to God or Absolute Truth are perfect to the degree to which they bring us nearer to God. What is the use of perfect literature or books, or of a guru who does not help us to understand the Absolute Truth?

We should accept that knowledge or statement which brings us nearer to God. If statements from Srila Prabhupada or other teachers or books decrease our faith or discourage us from coming nearer to God, we should ignore them and continue our journey of self-discovery and quest for truth.

Our goal should be to advance our level of consciousness or increase our bhakti (saranagati). We should try to develop firm faith in the Lord and surrender to Him. Even an imperfect literature or guru who increases my surrender to Rama is perfect for me.

Vaisnavas accept themselves as full of faults and also accept their writings as full of faults. Since their writings contain the holy name of Rama, their writings are dear to saintly people who, like swans, accept the good and ignore the bad.