Namaskaar. In this Part 7 of the Introduction to Bhagavad Gita, Pujya Swamiji continues and takes up the topic of Ved Pramana, the basis for accepting the Vedas as the means of knowledge and ultimate authority in our daily lives, especially in the understanding of our own Self.
THOUGHTS NEED NOT BE ELIMINATED
This you must know. The enlightened mind is not brought about by the elimination of thoughts. Knowledge always comes because of an appropriate means of knowledge. There is no way of altering knowledge and there is no replacement for a means of knowledge. Therefore, what can be known by a given means of knowledge can be known only by that means of knowledge. There is no accommodation here. If you have to see a colour, what accommodation can there be? Only the eyes will see colour; your nose certainly will not. There is no other means for knowing colour except the eyes.
Because I cannot stumble upon my self, will I not remain ignorant in spite of anything I might do? And if so, might one not also ask, ‘is it not enough just to be a devotee? Why should I study all these books? Why should I have this knowledge? As a devotee, will I not gain moksa when I die?’