Avidya - an essential subject

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Vidya translates to knowledge, and the opposite of vidya is 'avidya' which means no knowledge or also, nescience. In the spiritual context, when one is in avidya, he is covered by the material (illusory) energy and thus, has no transcendental knowledge. This is clearly stated by Lord Śrī Kṛṣṇa in the Bhagavad-gītā 'the kṣetra-jña is the living entity, who knows his field of activities, and the living entities in the material world are forgetful of their eternal relationship with the Supreme Personality of Godhead. This forgetfulness is called avidya, or nescience'. Therefore, in order to move upwards (from avidya to vidya), one has to perform pure devotional service in Krishna consciousness under the guidance of a genuine guru.

Srila Prabhupada's books, lectures, conversations and letters offer a comprehensive presentation of this essential subject as seen in the Vaniquotes Avidya category. An introduction from his books is given below in the following 8 quotes.


   
 

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