Why does one need to know about the knowledge of self-realization and how can this knowledge be used in daily life?


THIS IS NOT EASTERN PHILOSOPHY OR EASTERN RELIGION

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We are told in the vedic literature labdva sudurlabham bahu sambhavante that after many many births, it is very rare for someone to get a human life form. If you look around the world and you see all the different species of life, you’ll conclude that human species is a very rare species indeed. And if you examine all these species, you’ll see they offer living beings different facilities. Ahara nidraya bhaya mathunam ca there is eating, sleeping, sex, defense, these are all going on in different forms of life including the human species. But then the question comes, what is it that is exclusive to human species that separates it from animal life? Dharmena hina pasubhi samana without dharma or self-realization, spiritual realization, there is no difference. Just like we see, this is the only species where we educate. We educate ourselves. Because we understand this intuitively, this is not eastern philosophy or eastern religion. This is common sense understanding. And you can connect this to dharma also. We have a natural tendency to investigate our existence, the purpose of life. This is natural to human beings. You do not see reindeer in the forest having a philosophical discussion. That is not inherent to them but you do see them going about getting food, mating, protecting themselves. So really, even by analyzing the environment carefully that self-realization is essential for human beings.

GENERALLY PEOPLE THINK THAT EDUCATION IS SOMETHING THAT WILL HELP THEM LIVE AND THRIVE IN THIS WORLD. THEY THINK THAT SPIRITUAL EDUCATION HAS A TENDENCY TO MAKE ONE WITHDRAW FROM THE WORLD AND THAT’S NOT GOOD.

In the teachings of Prahlada Maharaja, there is one verse, na te sva artha gatim hi vishnum durasaya vimukta maninah…, and the people who have made a vow to live in the material world, they chew the chewed. Just like the cows they just chew over the cud over and over again trying to extract some sort of pleasure. People who’ve made a vow to live in this world, taking this world as the all in all, that there is no other existence beyond this. They have spent all their time, knowledge and ability cultivating material existence and chewing the chewed. Really, what people are searching for is rasam, ecstasy, pleasure. Some higher taste but they are trying to extract it, a conscious being is trying to extract pleasure from matter. Srila Prabhupada would give the example of sugar cane. People chew and suck out all the juice from the sugar cane and throw it away. If someone else takes that and tries to suck it again, its foolish! So generation after generation after generation for thousands and thousands of years, human beings have been preoccupied with the same activity, trying to squeeze a little juice out material life and unsuccessfully. So much so that people even conclude that maybe it doesn’t even exist. But there is a call from the literature saying srinvan tu vishye amritasya putra “No, no, please listen, you are children of nectar, you are not of this mortal world and environment, you are children of the nectarine world.

YOU WERE BORN TO TASTE NECTAR.

You must not be satisfied by anything but nectar”. Uthishtahata jagrata prapya bhorana bhodata. Now you’ve achieved human life. Wake up and understand the opportunity that is in the front of you. This opportunity is not available in any other species or any other part of the universe. It is here and now, right before you. Tasyaevta hetoh prayateta kovidah na labhyate bhramata uparyadah. This opportunity you won’t get by wondering the length and breath of this universe, throughout millions and millions of species and life forms. It is only available to you now as a human being. And what is that? The opportunity of understand your nectarean existence.

THAT IS SELF-REALIZATION, TO DISCOVER THE LAND OF YOUR DREAMS.

How can we apply this in our daily lives is by associating with those who are similarly interested; just you find clubs, lions club, rotary clubs. There is a club for businessmen. So you find all businessmen who were interested in buying or selling a particular product, they would make a club to meet with each other, exchange ideas, encourage one another. So, you need to make this something practical, you need association. If you want to become a drunk, you can read about it. You can read a few books about it and you can start to get some idea of what that must be like but if you enter in the association of drunkards, within 15 minutes you’ll know what its like. It will be very clear to you. You won’t understand it fully, but what they feel, you’ll feel something of that. So we want the association of those who are intoxication with the Krsna Conscious conception. That will make it something living, vital and reliant to our lives.

[Srila Bhakti Sudhir Goswami Maharaj - reknown preacher and scholar]