Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Radhanath Swami on The Manufacturer's Manual

Reality is perceived according to our conditioning, according to our egoistic development in life. It is not possible to be purely objective because we are subjects - we are all subjected to the family we are born in, we are subjected to the community, to the race, to the sex, we are all subjected to the educators who were telling us what they wanted us to believe from the beginning of our life. So how can we be objective? We are all subjective. Scholars try to be objective but they cannot be, in a pure sense. This is the problem with direct sense perception.

Knowledge of the world we perceive with our own senses and the knowledge which we acquire from other conditioned souls who have the same illusions that we do, and the consequent realizations are based on an ascending mode of knowledge - everyone trying to figure things out. As against this, revealed knowledge is evidences that are revealed by the Absolute Truth, by the Supreme Lord.

As a simple analogy, when you buy a complicated piece of machinery there is an owner’s manual. Now, who writes the owner’s manual? The manufacturers. They know how it works, they know what it can do and they now what it is for. Similarly, when the Absolute Truth has created this whole cosmic manifestation that creator, that manufacturer gives us the manuals that cultivate us. The Holy Scriptures have been revealed throughout the ages in different places, in different times according to the capacity of the people to digest. But the Truth is the same.

25 comments:

  1. So wonderfully Radhanath Swami explains the concept of subjective vision.

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  2. Wonderful article! .. Thank u for sharing

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  3. Radhanath Swami Maharaj's use of the manufacturer's manual as an analogy is brilliant - who else can be perfect in knowledge other than the creator. So it makes sense to learn through the revealed scriptures as ordained by God, the creator of this cosmos, rather than accumulate incomplete, defective & myopic information from people who themselves are ignorant about the Absolute Truth.

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  4. Thanks to Radhanath swami for sharing this wonderful article

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  5. Maharaj is revealing to us the contents of the manual for mankind which the Lord has given. Hare Krishna !!

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  6. Radhanath Swami asks a very pertinent questions - we are all subjected to the educators who were telling us what they wanted us to believe from the beginning of our life. So how can we be objective?

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  7. Amazing and satisfying analogy. Thank you

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  8. So wonderfully explained by Radhanath Swami of Revealed Knowledge vs Perceived knowledge

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  9. Until I came to the Spiritual path I never understood that we live in various planes of relative truths and hence keep fighting of what is right and what is wrong....

    Only on the absolute plane we can have real understanding of God...

    Very nicely explained by Radhanath Swami

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  10. Scriptures......the manuals.....nice analogy for the modern age generation.

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  11. Thank you Radhantah Swami for this gem of wisdom. Yes, it is always an intelligent choice to follow the Revealed Scriptures and not to try to perceive the tings by the blunt and imperfect material senses.

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  12. The concept explained by Radhanath Swami is not simply theoretical but it has amazing practical substance added in it.

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  13. Interesting comments from Radhanath Swami.

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  14. So clear and convincing. Truly, i sincerely feel that we should stop depending on our senses and the mind to understand reality and dealing with people. Radhanath Swami is a true representative of the Holy Scriptures or word of God and hence, His service is to show us the true way of gaining knowledge and living life.

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  15. This is an amazing analogy that explains the necessity to accept the scriptures on the Lords Creations as we accept Owner's manual for a product. Thank you Maharaj.

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  16. Yes this is true.

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  17. How beautifully and simply explained by Radhanath Maharaj!

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  18. Radhanath Swami is right. We have to follow the instructions of the creator, God, if we sincerely want to figure out this material world & our eternal destiny.

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  19. Nice message from Radhanath Swami. Lord has given us Vedic scriptures which give us immense details on why this material world has been created and what the real purpose of human life is.

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  20. wonderful explanation.

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  21. Very nice article systematically explaining the importance of spiritual literature.....thanks

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  22. A perfect can make an imperfect a perfect. God is all complete and perfect. Learning from Him is the absolute process for absolute truth. All glories to Radhanath Swami.

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  23. wonderfully explained by Maharaj.

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