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If I want to inquire about God, shall I go to the storekeeper or drug shop or a motor shop? No. Tad vijnanartham sa gurum evabhigacchet (MU 1.2.12). If you want to know the transcendental science, then you must find out a guru. That is injunction

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"If I want to inquire about God, shall I go to the store-keeper or drug shop or a motor shop? No. Tad vijñānārthaṁ sa gurum evābhigacchet" |"If you want to know the transcendental science, then you must find out a guru. That is injunction"

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If I want to inquire about God, shall I go to the store-keeper or drug shop or a motor shop? No. Tad vijñānārthaṁ sa gurum evābhigacchet (MU 1.2.12). If you want to know the transcendental science, then you must find out a guru. That is injunction.

Vyāsadeva explains Vedānta-sūtra in the Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam. Because He knew that "Vedānta-sūtra, being authoritative version of Vedic literature, so many rascals will comment in different way. Therefore I must leave . . ." That was also done under the instruction of Nārada. He wrote personally a commentary on the Vedānta-sūtra. That is Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam. Bhāṣyāyāṁ brahma-sūtrānāṁ vedārtha paribṛṁhitam. The Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam is the right commentary by the author Himself. And the vedārtha paribhṛmhitam, the purpose of Vedas, the scheme of Vedic literature, is explained in the Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam.

So the human life . . . athāto brahma jijñāsā means, the Vedānta-sūtra says that, "This life, this human life, is meant for understanding God." Brahmā-jijñāsā. At least, not understanding, at least inquiry, jijñāsā. Jijñāsā means inquiry. So where the inquiry should be made? If I want to inquire about God, shall I go to the store-keeper or drug shop or a motor shop? No. Tad vijñānārthaṁ sa gurum evābhigacchet (MU 1.2.12). If you want to know the transcendental science, then you must find out a guru. That is injunction.

Jijñāsuḥ śreyaḥ uttamam. Guruṁ prapadyeta. Tasmād prapadyeta guruṁ jijñāsuḥ śreyaḥ uttamam. If you are actually inquisitive to understand higher science, uttamam . . . uttama means higher. These are not higher science, how to earn some money. Earn some money, and eat something and sleep, and have some sex life and die—this is not higher science. This is not higher science. Higher science is brahma-jijñāsā, to inquire about Brahman. That is higher science.

This science, earning money and fulfilling the hungry belly, this science the birds and beast also know how to do it. It does not require much education. There is no scientific education how to enjoy sex life. Everyone knows how to do it. Similarly, there is no need of scientific education how to eat or how to find out your food. The birds and beast, they are also finding out, and are they also eating. So these are not higher sciences.