Hitopadesa

Hitopadesa

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Radha Jivan Das

Hare Krishna Prabhujis and Mathajis,

Please accept my humble obeisances. All Glories to Srila Gurudev & Srila Prabhupada.

na svalpam apy adyavasaya-bhiroh
karoti vijnana-vidhir gunam hi
andhasya kim hasta-tala-sthito'pi
prakasyaty artham iha pradipah

"Just as lamp in the hand of a blind man cannot help him see, so scriptural instruction yields no fruit for he who does not act on it with determination."

Sastra is like a lamp, yet one who studies it without putting it to practical use, is compared to blind man, because although the lamp sheds light, the blind man cannot take advantage.  As a lamp only serves those who have the power to see, so the sastra enlightens those who understand it and have the intelligence, courage, and faith to put it into practice.  The knowledge of one who fails to act is like a load of books on the back of an ass.  To be fruitful, sastric knowledge must be put into practice.

Your Servant,

Radha Jivan Das.