TEXT 102
prabhu kahe,--gita-pathe tomara-i adhikara
tumi se janaha ei gitara artha-sara
SYNONYMS
prabhu kahe—the Lord replied; gita-pathe—in reading the Bhagavad-gita; tomarai adhikara—you have the proper authority; tumi—you; se—that; janaha—know; ei—this; gitara—of the Bhagavad-gita; artha-sara—the real purport.
TRANSLATION
Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu told the brahmana, "Indeed, you are an authority in the reading of the Bhagavad-gita. Whatever you know constitutes the real purport of the Bhagavad-gita."
PURPORT
According to the sastras: bhaktya bhagavatam grahyam na buddhya na ca tikaya. One should understand the Bhagavad-gita and Srimad-Bhagavatam by hearing them from a real devotee. One cannot understand them simply by erudite scholarship or sharp intelligence. It is also said:
gitadhita ca yenapi
bhakti-bhavena cetasa
veda-sastra-puranani
tenadhitani sarvasah
To one who reads the Bhagavad-gita with faith and devotion, the essence of Vedic knowledge is revealed. And according to the Svetasvatara Upanisad (6.23):
yasya deve para bhaktir
yatha deve tatha gurau
tasyaite kathita hy arthah
prakasante mahatmanah
All Vedic scriptures are to be understood with faith and devotion, not by mundane scholarship. We therefore present the Bhagavad-gita As It Is. There are many so-called scholars and philosophers who read the Bhagavad-gita in a scholarly way. They simply waste their time and mislead those who read their commentaries.

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