Lord Caitanya Mahāprabhu, the disciple of Prakāśānanda Sarasvatī is quoting one verse from Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam in which it is said that simply for understanding, if you waste your time, but if you do not practically apply yourself, then it is simply a waste of time.
There is a very nice story. In our college days in logic class of Professor Purnachandra Sen, he cited a very nice example, that a student approached his teacher, and the contract was that he wanted to become a law student, lawyer, and the contracts were that when the student will appear in the court after being duly qualified as lawyer, then he will pay the remuneration of the student.
This was the contract between the . . . so that the teacher may very quickly make him qualified. So teacher agreed, "Yes. I shall make you qualified within one year." So this is . . . "You have to pay me five million dollars," like that, something. So when he was qualified, passed his law examination, he said: "Now you come. You practice in the court." So he said: "No. I am not going to practice." "Then pay me." "How can I pay? If I practice, then I'll pay, but I am not going to practice."
So this kind of law student, that he has learned all laws and he has become lawyer officially by his degree, but he's not going to practice . . . so similarly, if we simply know what is Brahmin and what is not Brahmin but do not practice, it is just like that. It is useless waste of time. If you become a medical man but if you don't practice as a medical man, then why should you take so much trouble? Similarly, those jñānīs and yogīs, they do not take to the devotional service, or Kṛṣṇa consciousness, which is practical. If you . . .
So far we are trying to be practically employed in Kṛṣṇa's service. That is our business. We may not be haṭha-yogī or dhyāna-yogī or this yogī or that yogī or a very learned scholar that we can distinguish and interpret that, "Not to Kṛṣṇa but to myself." In this way I can waste my time. But if I do not apply myself (to) the purpose, then what is the use of?
That is stated:
- ye 'nye 'ravindākṣa vimukta-māninas
- tvayy asta-bhāvād aviśuddha-buddhayaḥ
- āruhya kṛcchreṇa paraṁ padaṁ tataḥ
- (SB 10.2.32)
Such class of men simply trying to understand what is Brahmin, what is not Brahmin, but practically, he will simply be engaged in material sense enjoyment. He'll not give up anything, even not smoking. Anything he will not give up. Everything he'll keep in contact, but he'll discuss very scholarly, "This is not Brahmin, this is Brahmin." This is simply waste of time. Teṣāṁ kleśala eva śiṣyate (SB 10.14.4).
Therefore such persons who are simply wasting their time in that way, if they think that, "I have become liberated," so Bhāgavata says that their intelligence is not purified. They are less intelligent still, because the result of his being qualified is not being utilized. He's not engaged in Kṛṣṇa consciousness.
The whole thing is that you have to meditate. Then meditate, you have to practice the haṭha-yoga. Haṭha-yoga is the practice for the person who is too much addicted to this body. One who has got very stubborn conviction that, "I am this body," for them, such foolish creatures are recommended that "You try to exercise and see what is there within you." Meditation.
But one who knows that, "I am not this body," he begins immediately that, "I am not this body; I am pure soul, and I am part and parcel of the Supreme Lord. So my duty is to serve the Supreme." It is very simple truth. If I am part and parcel of the Supreme, then what is my duty? That you can understand from any example. As we have several times discussed, the part and parcel of my body, these hands, legs, oh, they are engaged in service of the whole body.
The part and parcel of this body, hand, what is it meant for? It is meant for serving the whole body. Similarly, if I am part and parcel of the Supreme Lord, then what is my duty? My duty is to abide by the orders of the Lord. That is the version of all Vedic scriptures. And Bhagavad-gītā is the essence of all Vedic scripture. It says, sarva-dharmān parityajya mām ekaṁ śaraṇaṁ vraja (BG 18.66): "You give up all other engagement. Just be surrendered unto Me and be engaged in My service." This is perfection.