The first principle, or the first symptom of a self-realized soul, is that he does not make any plan for his prosperity. Because we are always busy in making plans, "Now, after this, we shall do this. After this, we shall do this." But one who is self-realized, he has no plan. Because he has dovetailed himself with the supreme consciousness, so for himself he has nothing to do. He simply depends. He simply depends on the Supreme Consciousness. It is very elevated stage, you see, that completely he surrenders himself and . . . but we should not be, I mean, imitating this. This is, of course, spoken for the highest stage. But we should . . . without coming to that highest stage, we should not imitate.
When Kṛṣṇa is asked, He must give the proper answer, so He's giving the answers that prajahāti yadā kāmān sarvān pārtha mano-gatān. Because our mind is the factory of creating so many plans. So many plans. But one who has dovetailed himself, he has nothing to do for plan-making, because everything is taken up by the Supreme Consciousness. He has simply to follow. Therefore he has, for himself, he has no plan. He has no plan. This is the first symptom.
But without reaching that stage, we should not pose ourself that, "I have nothing to think. I have nothing to think of future, past or everything." No. Gradually, we shall come to the stage when there will be everything done automatically. But in, in the present moment, in the present moment, we should give up plan-making, but we shall, we shall have to take up the plan of the Supreme Consciousness. Personally, we shall not make any plan. But we have to receive the plans from the Supreme Consciousness. That will be our position.
Just like an apprentice: he is working, he is working in the apprenticeship; he should not present his own plan. But he has to take plans of work from his superior. Then he will learn. And when he's accustomed, when he's elevated, then he'll be able to make independent plans. Although not independent always, but even if he is higher officer, everyone has to consult the higher authorities. Similarly, this means that I shall not independently make any plan, but I must accept the standard plan which is coming directly from the Supreme Consciousness through a channel. Through a channel. You have to seek that channel.
So that channel is called . . . you'll find it in the Bhagavad-gītā, in the Fourth Chapter, paramparā. Paramparā, disciplic succession. Disciplic succession. The words, the plans and the instruction which is coming directly from Kṛṣṇa, that thing we have to accept. We shall not make any our own plan. That is the way of making progress.
Now, this disciplic succession, as we have accepted, this disciplic succession comes from Kṛṣṇa. Just like Kṛṣṇa is instructing Arjuna. Kṛṣṇa is instructing Arjuna, and we have to understand how Arjuna has understood Kṛṣṇa. And if we follow the understanding of Arjuna, then we are following the paramparā system, or the disciplic succession. That is the process.
Now, in the Tenth Chapter, in the Tenth Chapter you'll find that how Kṛṣṇa is understood by Arjuna. After hearing not all—at least seventy-five percent of the instruction of Bhagavad-gītā—the estimation of Arjuna is stated in the Tenth Chapter. He says that . . .
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Arjuna, after understanding Kṛṣṇa, after His instruction, he says that . . . automatically he says:
- paraṁ brahma paraṁ dhāma
- pavitraṁ paramaṁ bhavān
- puruṣaṁ śāśvataṁ divyam
- ādi-devam ajaṁ vibhum
- (BG 10.12)