690512 Lecture - Srila Prabhupada Speaks a Nectar Drop in Columbus

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Nectar Drops from Srila Prabhupada
"Every one of us are rascals, born ignorant. But we have got the capacity to take the message of God from authorized information. That we have got. So Bhāgavata says, parābhavas tāvad abodha-jātaḥ (SB 5.5.5): 'All living entities who are born ignorant, whatever they are doing for advancement of society, culture, education, civilization, all such activities are defeat only if he does not inquire what he is'. Parābhavas tāvad abodha-jāto yāvan na jijñāsata ātma-tattvam. Ātma-tattvam. So long one does not inquire, 'What I am? What is God? What is this material nature? What are these activities? What are our relationships?'—if these inquiries are not there, then all our activities are simply defeat. Parābhavas tāvad abodha-jāto yāvan na jijñāsata ātma-tattvam. Yāvan na prītir mayī vāsudeve: 'So long one does not develop his dormant love of God', na mucyate deha-yogena tāvat (SB 5.5.6), 'so long he will not be able to get out of this repeated birth and death and transmigration of the soul'."
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