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Bombay, April 1, 1977
Prabhupada: ...and shall remain up to eight. So our darsana and talks, if there is any, generally, every day it will be done. And on Sunday you can fix up some time. I will speak in the evening. And then Krsna's desire, as He likes. For the time being, this arrangement.
So what is that verse? Divya-jnana hrde prakasito. Just recite that. (Indians repeat) Before that. (prema-bhakti yaha hoite, avidya vinasa yate) So the necessity is prema-bhakti. Prema-bhakti yaha hoite, avidya vinasa yate, divya-jnana. So what is that divya-jnana? Divya means transcendental, not material. Tapo divyam [SB 5.5.1]. Divyam means we are combination of matter and spirit. That spirit is divya, transcendental. Apareyam itas tu viddhi me prakrtim para [Bg. 7.5]. That is para prakrti, superior. If there is the superior identity... And for understanding that superior identity we require superior knowledge, not ordinary knowledge. Divya-jnana hrde prakasito. So this is the duty of the guru, to awaken that divya-jnana. Divya-jnana. And because guru enlightens that divya-jnana, he is worshiped. That is required. The modern... Modern or always; this is maya. That divya-jnana is never, I mean to say, manifested. They are kept in the darkness of adivya-jnana. Adivya-jnana means "I am this body." "I am Indian," "I am American," "I am Hindu," "I am Muslim," this is adivya-jnana. Dehatma-buddhih. Yasyatma-buddhih kunape tri. I am not this body.
So the beginning of divya-jnana is there when we try to understand that "I am not this body. I am superior element, I am spirit soul. This is inferior. So why should I remain in this inferior knowledge?" We should not remain in the inferior... Inferior knowledge means darkness. Tamasi ma. The Vedic injunction is, "Don't remain in the inferior knowledge." Jyotir gamah. "Come to the superior knowledge." So to worship guru means because he gives us superior knowledge. Not this knowledge—how to eat, how to sleep, how to have sex life and defend. Generally, the political leaders, social leaders, they give this knowledge—how to eat, how to sleep, how to have sex, how to defend. A guru has no business with these things. He is divya-jnana, superior knowledge. That is required. This human form of life is an opportunity to awaken that divya-jnana hrde prakasito. And if he's kept in darkness about that divya-jnana, simply if he is trained up how to eat, how to sleep, how to have sex and to defend, then life will be lost. That is a great loss. Mrtyu-samsara-vartmani. Aprapya mam nivartante mrtyu-samsara-vartmani [Bg. 9.3]. Very risky life if we do not awaken our divya-jnana. We should always remember this. Very risky life—once again thrown into the waves of birth and death, we do not know where I am going. Very serious. This Krsna consciousness is divya-jnana. It is not ordinary knowledge. Everyone should try to understand this divya-jnana. Daivim prakrtim asritam. Therefore one who is interested in this divya-jnana, he is called daivim prakrtim asritam. From daivi, divya comes, the Sanskrit word. Sanskrit word, from daivi, divya, adjective.
So mahatmanas tu mam partha daivim prakrtim asritah [Bg. 9.13]. One who has taken to this divya-jnana process, he is mahatma. Mahatma is not made by stamping for receiving knowledge how to eat, how to sleep, how to have sex. That is not the definition in the sastras. Sa mahatma su-durlabhah.
One who has got this divya-jnana, vasudevah sarvam iti sa mahatma, that is mahatma. But that is very, very rare. Otherwise, mahatma like me, they are loitering in the street. That is. So you should always remember this word, divya-jnana hrde prakasito. And because the spiritual master enlightens the divya-jnana, one feels obliged to him. Yasya prasadad bhagavat-prasado yasya prasadan na gatih kuto 'pi **. So this guru-puja essential. As the Deity worship essential... It is not cheap adoration. It is the process of enlightening the divya-jnana.
Thank you very much. (end)
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