by purujit dasa
WATER THE ROOT
All the different departments of knowledge can be understood only if we establish ourselves in the knowledge of the Complete Whole. Krsna says:
yāvān artha udapāne
tāvān sarveṣu vedeṣu
All purposes that are served by the small pond can at once be served by the great reservoirs of water. Similarly, all the purposes of the Vedas can be served to one who knows the purpose behind them.
…and later on:
vedaiś ca sarvair aham eva vedyo
By all the Vedas am I to be known.
Srila Prabhupada said that because he knows Krsna, he is able to challenge and defeat big scientists and philosophers, although he himself is not a scientist, nor a big scholar. This is because the purpose of all the Vedas is to understand the Complete Whole, Krsna. Just like great reservoirs of water can serve all the purposes of a small pond, similarly, by understanding the Complete Whole, Krsna, one knows everything. This is real science.
To give an example, zero has no value, but as soon as the digit one is placed before the zero, the zero immediately becomes ten. If there are two zeros, they become one hundred, and three zeros become one thousand. Similarly, we are intoxicated by material assets that are actually no better than zero, but as soon as we add Kṛṣṇa, these tens and hundreds and thousands and millions of zeros become extremely valuable. The Kṛṣṇa consciousness movement therefore offers a great opportunity to the people of the West. They have an overabundance of the zeros of materialistic life, and if they simply add Kṛṣṇa their life will become sublimely valuable.
TQK 9: Decreasing the Fever of Illusion