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Human Form of Life is Especially Meant for Inquiring About the Absolute Truth - Prabhupada 0985

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Human Form of Life is Especially Meant for Inquiring About the Absolute Truth Now this life, this human form of life, is especially meant for inquiring about the absolute truth. In animal life we cannot do. There are big, big animals, tigers and lions and elephants, and big, big trees also, they are also living entities. Big, big whale fish within the ocean, very gigantic. Big, big mountains. Mountains, they have got also life. But they cannot inquire about God, that is not possible. You can inquire about God in this human form of life, that's all. Therefore in any civilized society, there is an inquiry of God, that is called religion. One may be, or in degrees there may be different. Just like in India, they are also making inquiry. Not now, not at the present moment. They have given up. But hundreds and thousands of years ago. Not thousand. Even two hundred years ago, India was so inquisitive about inquiring about God. Even one Chinese gentleman, he has written one book, philosophical, that is recommended - I forgot the name, title of the book - that is studied in New York University in the religion class. In that book he has written that if you want to know about God, if you want to know about religion, then you must go to India. Yes, that's a fact. Because in no other country the great sages and saintly person engaged themselves so seriously about understanding God. Therefore the Vedānta-sūtra is there. So we should know that God is one. God is not different. There cannot be any competition of God. Mattaḥ parataraṁ nānyat kiñcid asti dhanañjaya (BG 7.7). There cannot be any superior truth than God. Therefore God is called the great. God is called the absolute. So Religion means, first-class religion means, how the followers have developed the understanding of God. That is first-class religion. Not that how many animals we can sacrifice or how many times we can... So many rituals and so many other things are there in every religion. But the, we have to test by this result, phalena paricīyate. Everything... Just like we have studied so much, a scientific man, but there is examination. If one passes the examination, then it is understood that he has studied nicely. That is our common sense. In school, colleges, everywhere. If I cannot pass the examination and if I advertise myself, "Oh, I have studied this, I have studied that," then what is the value of that? Suppose a man is doing business. So if we see that by doing business, he has acquired some money, he has become rich, then we can understand that he is successful businessman. But if he, he is a poor man, and he says, "I have done this, I have done that, I have done that," you can say so but we want to know by the result. Phalena paricīyate. That is a Sanskrit version. But we have to understand by the result, phalena, what result you have got. What the value of your examination paper you have, how much mark you have received. Similarly we can declare ourself very religionist, great religionist, follower of great religion, but what is this? What is...? How much you have developed your sense of God consciousness, how much you have learned to love God.

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Duration: 6 minutes and 37 seconds
Year: 1972
Country: United States
Language: English
Producer: Vanipedia
Director: Vanimedia
Views: 57
Posted by: vanimedia on Dec 26, 2014

Prabhupada speaks during a Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.2.3 Lecture part 2 in New Vrindaban on September 5, 1972

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