Tuesday, October 23, 2012
Uddhava: “What is ‘Vidya’ (learning/education)?” Sri Krishna: “That which removes duality (that we are different from the atman) is ‘vidya’!”
Nama Article 23rd October 2012
Source: Script from Scriptures Madhuramurali Sep 2001
On this auspicious day of Saraswati Pooja, let us pray to the Divine Mother of Knowledge to bestow us abundant knowledge and in addition, humility, faith and perseverance. May Goddess Saraswati bless us so that we keep the Mahamantra on our lips every moment of our life.
Bhagavãn Sri Krishna's dialogue with His loving devotee, Uddhava. (Srimad Bhãgavatam - 11th Skanda)
Uddhava: "What is 'balam' (strength)?"
Sri Krishna: "Prãnayama is the best 'balam'!"
Uddhava: "What is 'Bãgyam' (fortune)?"
Sri Krishna: "To attain my 'iswarya' is the best 'bãgyam'!"
Uddhava: "What is 'lãbam' (profit)?"
Sri Krishna: "To earn Bhakti for me is the best 'lãbam'!"
Uddhava: "What is 'Vidya' (learning/education)?"
Sri Krishna: "That which removes duality (that we are different from the atman) is 'vidya'!"
Uddava: "What is 'vetkam' (embarrassment)?"
Sri Krishna: "Disgust in wicked deeds is 'vetkam'!"
Uddhava: "What is 'Sri' ('iswarya' - wealth)?"
Sri Krishna: "Atma gunas such as desirelessness in worldly affairs is 'Sri'!"
Uddhava: "What is 'Sukha' (joy)?"
Sri Krishna: "It is 'sukha' when the mind experiences neither joy nor happiness!"
Uddhava: "What is 'Dukha' (sorrow)?"
Sri Krishna: "The desire to enjoy pleasures of senses like sensual pleasure is 'dukha'!"
Uddhava: "Who is a 'Pundit' (Scholar)?"
Sri Krishna: "One who knows what is 'banda' (binding) and what is 'Moksha' (liberation) is a Pundit!" (Not the one who has mere theoretical knowledge, through the the study of the Shastras that 'samsãra' is the binding factor and Moksha is to get out of it. Only one who realizes this in experience and frees himself is the one who has truly known 'banda' and 'Moksha')
Please check these: Excerpts from a discourse by our Sri Sri Muralidhara Swamiji
True knowledge that is pure is represented by the Goddess Saraswathi.......THE JNAANA (KNOWLEDGE) BORN OUT OF GRACE, THE VIDWAT (LEARNING) BORN OF THIS GRACE, WEALTH RECEIVED FROM SUCH A GRACE IS EVERLASTING AND SAFE (HARMLESS).
If the education you get turns you away from God, I do not know how it is going to help you and how you are going to help the world.