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12/28/2013 10:18:50 AM
Posted: 3 years ago
Quest for Knowledge is Important for Assimilation
Devotee: "One person asked that why Lord Krishna preached the Gita to Arjuna in such polluted atmosphere of war? He should have preached in a peaceful atmosphere".
Swami Replied: For preaching knowledge, the primary factor is the appetite for knowledge expressed by the receiver through a question or doubt. The external atmosphere is only a secondary factor. You may be serving food in a garden with beautiful external atmosphere. If the eater is not having hunger for food, the external atmosphere cannot influence him to take the food. When the person is hungry, he will eat the food even in a bus or train or in the verandah of an office. The quest for knowledge is very important for its assimilation after receiving it. If the quest is not there, either food or knowledge is not received. In fact, this is the message given by Lord to all the preachers of knowledge whether the knowledge may be pertaining to world (Pravritti) or to God (Nivritti). You should preach the spiritual knowledge only to the people, who have interest in it. Several old retired people often attend the spiritual speeches just to pass the time and their attendance is mainly based on the fear for hell after the death. They don"t have the real quest for the knowledge of God. Their quest is only for finding a way to escape the future hell to which they are near. Therefore, they do not assimilate the knowledge and sit with inactive mood, sometimes even sleep. They become suddenly attentive once the speaker says that God can protect any soul falling in the hell. Their interest in the God is only since God is an instrument to save them from the hell. Similarly, several others are interested in God since God has the miraculous power to solve their problems and give benefits in the form of boons. Only one in millions is really attracted to God and therefore, has a real quest for the knowledge of God.
When Arjuna expressed the doubt about the fight, the Lord gave relevant answer to his doubt and did not speak anything about God. The Lord was replying to the doubts of Arjuna without crossing the limits of scope of those doubts. He spoke about God only when the doubt touched the necessity of knowledge of God. The Lord always tried to clarify the doubts of Arjuna and never tried to pour down all His knowledge. Context and relevance were mainly followed by the Lord throughout His preaching. The way in which the Lord answered the doubts is a guideline for the preachers and teachers.
The sages lived in the forest to maintain constantly the external peaceful atmosphere. The sages also spoke about God to the students only when the students expressed query. They did not speak about God without query since the external atmosphere was peaceful. We find the sage Varuna speaking about God only when Bhrugu approached with a query as found in Taittireeya Upanishat (Adheehi Bhagavo Brahmeti"). The external atmosphere definitely helps the process of absorption of the knowledge. Hence, the sages constantly lived in the forest so that the second factor is always available. If the knowledge is preached in a peaceful atmosphere in the absence of quest in the student, due to the effect of the second factor the knowledge may be adsorbed. Adsorption is surface phenomenon. If the quest is there, the knowledge gets absorbed. Absorption is bulk phenomenon. If both factors exist, the absorption will be very deep. For the sake of the benefit of this deep absorption only, sages opted to live in the forests.