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Why one goes to college, school? Just to follow the instruction of the teacher, and then he becomes educated. This is the general method. Anything you want to learn, you have to approach a person who knows the thing

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Conversations and Morning Walks

1974 Conversations and Morning Walks

Why one goes to college, school? Just to follow the instruction of the teacher, and then he becomes educated. This is the general method. Anything you want to learn, you have to approach a person who knows the thing.

Prabhupāda: (indistinct) So you have to learn so many things. Don’t confuse yourself as authority. Then you will be misled. Therefore one has to accept a guru, just to give him direct. Anything, any field of activity, if one is know…Ācāryavān puruṣo veda (Chāndogya Upaniṣad). One who is being directed by ācārya, he knows things. Not a vagabond. Ācāryavān puruṣo veda. Why one goes to college, school? Just to follow the instruction of the teacher, and then he becomes educated. This is the general method. Anything you want to learn, you have to approach a person who knows the thing. Whimsically, if you create something in your mind, that is a madman's theory. The Vedic injunction is, tad-vijñānārthaṁ sa gurum evābhigacchet (MU 1.2.12). You have to, if we are going to learn the supreme science, science of God... In ordinary life, if we want to learn how to typewrite, I have to go to a typewriting school and to put this finger that way, put this finger that way. We have to learn in that way. And if we are going to learn Kṛṣṇa, the Supreme Lord, you don’t require anyone's help: "Let us do anything whimsically, that is all right." It is simply ludicrous, that's all.