Elevation to Krishna Consciousness
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Chapter OneChoosing Human and Animal Livesom ajnana- timirandasya jnananjana-salakaya-caksur unmilitam yena tasmai sri-gurave namoh"I offer my respectful obeisances unto my spiritual master, who hasopened my eyes, blinded by the darkness of ignorance, with thetorchlight of knowledge."It is customary with this verse to offer obeisances to thespiritual master who enlightens his disciples in the matter oftranscendental knowledge. The Vedic process does not involve researchwork. In mundane scholarship, we have to show our academic learning bysome research, but the Vedic process is different. In the Vedic processthe research work is already done; it is complete, and it is simplyhanded down by disciplic succession from teacher to student. There is noquestion of research work because the instruments and the means withwhich one conducts such research work are blunt and imperfect.At this stage of our material existence, we are conditioned by manylaws of nature. All conditioned souls are subject to four defects due tothe imperfection of their senses. One defect is that the conditionedsoul is certain to commit mistakes. There is no man who does not commitmistakes. In India, for instance, Mahatma Gandhi was supposed to be avery great personality, but he also committed mistakes. Five minutes