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Cow Dung Dried and Burned into Ashes is used as Toothpowder - Prabhupada 0438

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In Āyur-veda, cow dung dried and burned into ashes is used as toothpowder. It is very antiseptic toothpowder. Similarly, there are many things, many injunctions in the Vedas, which may apparently appear as contradiction, but they are not contradiction. They are on experience, on transcendental experience. Just like a father says to his child, that "My dear child, you take this food. It is very nice." And the child takes it, believing the father, authority. The father says... The child knows that "My father..." He is confident that "My father will never give me anything which is poison." Therefore he accepts it blindly, without any reason, without any analysis of the food, whether it is pure or impure. You have to believe in such a way. You go to a hotel because it is licensed by the government. You have to believe when you take foodstuff there it is nice, it is pure, or it is antiseptic, or it is... But how do you know it? The authority. Because this hotel is authorized by the government, it has got license, therefore you believe. Similarly śabda-pramāṇa means as soon as there is evidence, in the Vedic literature, "This is this," you have to accept. That's all. Then your knowledge is perfect, because you are accepting things from the perfect source. Similarly Kṛṣṇa, Kṛṣṇa is accepted as the Supreme Personality of Godhead. Whatever He says, it is all right. Accept. Arjuna said at last, sarvam etad ṛtaṁ manye (BG 10.14). "My dear Kṛṣṇa, whatever You say I accept it." That should be our principle. Why should we bother about researching, when the evidence is there from the authority? So to save time, to save trouble one has to accept the authority, actual authority. This is the Vedic process. And therefore Veda says, tad vijñānārthaṁ sa gurum evābhigacchet (MU 1.2.12).

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Duration: 4 minutes and 18 seconds
Year: 1968
Country: United States
Language: English
Views: 155
Posted by: vanimedia on Sep 5, 2013

Prabhupada speaks during a Bhagavad-gita 2.8-12 Lecture - Part 4 in Los Angeles on November 27, 1968

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