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When there is something fearful the child, it is nature, closes the eyes. I have practical experience. When I was young man I went to the zoo with my little son and as soon as there was a tiger cage, oh, the child closed the eyes

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"When there is something fearful, the child—it is nature—closes the eyes. I have practical experience. When I was young man I went to the zoo with my little son, and as soon as there was a tiger cage, oh, the child closed the eyes"

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Bhagavad-gita As It Is Lectures

When there is something fearful the child, it is nature, closes the eyes. I have practical experience. When I was young man I went to the zoo with my little son and as soon as there was a tiger cage, oh, the child closed the eyes. Yes. He could not bear the vicious sight. This is natural.


Lecture on BG 4.19-25 -- Los Angeles, January 9, 1969:

So this is only thinking. Actually they do not know what is God. Otherwise they would not have dared to say that, "I am God." They do not know the meaning of "God." You see? Therefore they are less intelligence. They are thinking, "I am merged into the . . ." Just like the rabbit. The rabbit, when he is faced with some enemy, he closes his eyes. He thinks, "Now I am safe." (laughter) (laughs) The rascal animal thinks that he is safe now. "I cannot see the enemy."

Just like a child. When there is something fearful, the child—it is nature—closes the eyes. I have practical experience. When I was young man I went to the zoo with my little son, and as soon as there was a tiger cage, oh, the child closed the eyes. Yes. He could not bear the vicious sight. This is natural.

Similarly, these impersonalist, they are closing their eyes. That's all. Just like voidists, they are also doing that. "Now I have become free by smoking," or by gāñjā eating, drinking, or smoking. You see? These things are simply false imagination. Therefore they are less intelligent. They are not intelligent. Bhāgavata says, ye 'nye 'ravindākṣa vimukta-māninaḥ. They are self-complacent, that "I have become free, liberated," this and that. But actually their intelligence is very contaminated.