Radhanath Swami speaks on the ‘Purpose of Knowledge’

33 Purpose of Knowledge

“The conclusion as well as the goal of all knowledge is the complete cleansing of the mind and the heart of all material misgivings.” – Radhanath Swami

The conclusion as well as the goal of all knowledge is the complete cleansing of the mind and the heart of all material misgivings. Theoretical knowledge that does not bring us to the point of becoming pure in heart is just like a heavy burden on our brain. It simply creates all sorts of false ego and a mumbo-jumbo of different ideas, concepts and philosophies, which are nothing but a burden. Therefore, to learn simply for the sake of accumulating knowledge is one of the greatest obstacles to spiritual advancement.

We have shining examples of great spiritual teachers who are conversant with so much knowledge of philosophy and so much realization. But all of that knowledge is simply targeted at cleansing the heart to become the humble servant of the Lord. Knowledge is like a seed and our heart is like an agricultural field. Unless the heart is properly ploughed and made receptive to receive the seed, the seed will simply be lost.

– Radhanath Swami

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