Lecture on SB 1.8.25 — Mayapur, October 5, 1974
When one is inquisitive to inquire about the higher level questions, brahma-jijñāsā, then he requires a guru. Tasmād guruṁ prapadyeta: “You are now inquisitive about understanding higher level knowledge, so you must go to a guru.” Tasmād guruṁ prapadyeta. Who? Jijñāsuḥ śreya uttamam. Uttamam. Uttamam means this which is above this darkness. This whole world is darkness. So one who wants to go above darkness… Tamasi mā jyotir gama. The Vedic injunction is: “Don’t keep yourself in darkness. Go to the light.” That light is Brahman, brahma-jijñāsā. So one who is inquisitive… The uttama… Udgata-tama yasmāt. Udgata-tama. Tama means ignorance. So in the spiritual world, there is no ignorance. Jñāna. The Māyāvādī philosophers, they simply say, jñāna, jñānavān. But jñāna is not stereotyped. There is varieties of jñāna. Just like in Vṛndāvana, there is jñāna, but there is varieties. Somebody wants to love Kṛṣṇa as servant. Somebody wants to love Kṛṣṇa as friend. Somebody wants to appreciate Kṛṣṇa’s opulence. Somebody wants to love Kṛṣṇa as father and mother. Somebody wants to love Kṛṣṇa as conjugal lover, as paramour—never mind. So somebody wants to love Kṛṣṇa as enemy, just like Kaṁsa. That is also vṛndāvana-līlā. He is always thinking of Kṛṣṇa in a different way, how to kill Kṛṣṇa. Pūtanā, she also apparently came as lover of Kṛṣṇa, to offer her breast for sucking; but the internal desire was how to kill Kṛṣṇa. But that is also taken indirect love, indirect love. Anvayāt.
So Kṛṣṇa is jagad-guru. He is the original teacher. That teacher is teaching personally in the Bhagavad-gītā, and we rascals, we do not take the lesson. Just see. Therefore we are mūḍhas. Anyone who is unfit to take the lessons given by the jagad-guru, he is mūḍha. Therefore our test tube is: if one does not know Kṛṣṇa, if one does not know how to follow Bhagavad-gītā, we immediately take him as a rascal. That’s all. Never mind he… He may be prime minister, he may be high-court judge, or… No. “No, he is prime minister. He is high-court judge. Still, mūḍhaḥ?” Yes. “How?” Māyayāpahṛta-jñānāḥ: (BG 7.15) “He has no knowledge of Kṛṣṇa. He is covered by māyā.” Māyayāpahṛta-jñānā āsuraṁ bhāvam āśritāḥ. Therefore he’s mūḍha. So straightly preach. Of course, you may say all these things in soft language just to, not to make any agitation, but anyone who does not accept Kṛṣṇa as the jagad-guru and does not take His lessons, he is a rascal. Just like this mūḍha in Jagannātha Purī. He says that “You take next birth. Then you can…” That mūḍha, take him as rascal. Why? He is jagad-guru; he also says, “I am jagad-guru.” But he is not jagad-guru. He has not even seen what is jagat. He is a frog. And he is claiming jagad-guru. So he’s mūḍha. Kṛṣṇa says. He is mūḍha because he has not taken the lessons given by Kṛṣṇa.
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