This passage also tells us that we can obtain more understanding than teachers and the elderly.
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Education and experience are keys to wisdom and understanding. And yet, the Bible can give us wisdom and understanding above our pay grade and beyond our years!
Verses and hold a path metaphor. Consider life, like hiking through a vast trail system. The Bible can keep our feet from danger, in the most extreme case, walking off that cliff that could end your life. Scripture can also keep us from taking the wrong trail.
The metaphor moves from the path to taste in the next couple of verses. The Bible can make this life sweeter, improving the overall experience. But it goes further than that! Once we taste the sweet honey of following Scripture, the false ways of sin become more and more bitter to the taste.
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On the one hand because of the character of these routes, with overnight accommodations; on the other hand because of the combination of culture and nature — which means that the routes are varied. In addition you always meet interesting people along the way — not only the people who are on the road, but also the people who offer shelter to pilgrims.
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But above all one gets disconnected from daily life in a pleasant way on these long journeys. In terms of walking, I am not a Mediterranean person.
It is too hot or too busy for my taste. I love the somewhat rougher regions of Great Britain and Scandinavia. My interest was aroused.
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When more information about the path turned out to be scarce, especially in English or Dutch, I decided to write a book. In about the route from Oslo, and later, in , about the route from Sweden. The route from Oslo is like Harrods: Only those who are initiated into the visnu-mantras, in other words, who have received visnu-diksa, and who engage in the worship of Visnu are Vaisnavas. Therefore, the acceptance of visnu-diksa and the consequent engagement in the worship of Visnu is the primary symptom of Vaisnavism.
It is imperative for an initiated person to embrace and relish the prescribed conduct and obligatory duties of the Vaisnavas, which have been presented upon the merciful order of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu by the Vaisnava acaryas. It is mentioned in various sastras that all four people from the four varnas and asramas have the right to become Vaisnavas by accepting the visnu-mantras and then engaging in the worship of Visnu.
All the fruitive endeavors of an uninitiated person are meaningless. Due to not having received visnu-diksa such a person has not established a relationship with Sri Bhagavan and therefore cannot be acknowledged as a-bona fide Vaisnava. Only when sambandha-jnana, or knowledge of one's relationship with the Lord, awakens after undergoing the regulative principle of initiation diksa-samskara and receiving the visnu-mantras in accordance with the sastric injunctions is one genuinely established as a true Vaisnava.
The chanting of the mahamantra does not depend upon any rule or regulation related to the formal acceptance of initiation. If we can attain perfection simply by chanting the names of Sri Bhagavan, what then is the need of accepting formal initiation? The process of diksa awakens in the heart of the jiva as a particular relationship with Sri Bhagavan. Without it a person does not possess the necessary qualification to perform the worship of Sri Bhagavan.
Only after accepting diksa does he obtain the eligibility. Diksa-Samskara enlightens one in transcendental knowledge divya-jnanam and destroys one's accumulation of unlimited sins papa-sanksa.
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It is one's foremost duty to take shelter of the lotus feet of a sad-guru, who is thoroughly established in a bona fide disciplic succession, and then accept initiation from him. The guru is non-different from a manifestation of Sri Hari. Bhagavan Sri Hari Himself is the guru of all jivas. If the guru is pleased with someone, Sri Bhagavan will also be pleased with that person.
If Bhagavan is displeased with someone, he can still be protected by a sad-guru, but if the guru is displeased with someone, then even Sri Bhagavan cannot protect him. Guru-kripa, or the mercy of the guru, is the exclusive hope for a person who has taken shelter of him. A jiva can never achieve liberation from the entanglement of the material energy if he disregards the loving devotional service of Bhagavan. Those who are adverse to service to Sri Hari disregard the path of arcana and instead engage in the activities of karma and the cultivation of jnana.
On the other hand, those who perform arcana according to the rules of pancaratrika know bhakti-yoga to be the topmost.