Shrimad Bhagavad Gita As It Is -Shri Shrimad A.C Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada
Knowledge of the Absolute
Chapter 7: Verse-15
na mäm duskrtino müdhäh prapadyante narädhamäh
Those miscreants who are grossly foolish, who are lowest among mankind, whose knowledge is stolen by illusion, and who partake of the atheistic nature of demons do not surrender unto Me.
It is said in Bhagavad-gita that simply by surrendering oneself unto the lotus feet of the Supreme Personality krsna one can surmount the stringent laws of material nature. At this point a question arises: How is it that educated philosophers, scientists, businessmen, administrators and all the leaders of ordinary men do not surrender to the lotus feet of Krsna, the all-powerful Personality of Godhead? Mukti, or liberation from the laws of material nature, is sought by the leaders of mankind in different ways and with great plans and perseverance for a great many years and births. But if that liberation is possible by simply surrendering unto the lotus feet of the Supreme Personality of Godhead, then why don’t these intelligent and hard-working leaders adopt this simple method?
The Gita answers this question very frankly. Those really learned leaders of society like Brahmä, Siva, Kapila, the Kumäras, Manu, Vyäsa, Devala, Asita, Janaka, Prahläda, Bali, and later on Madhväcärya, Rämänujäcärya, Sri Caitanya and many others—who are faithful philosophers, politicians, educators, scientists, etc.—surrender to the lotus feet of the Supreme Person, the all-powerful authority. Those who are not actually philosophers, scientists, educators, administrators, etc., but who pose themselves as such for material gain, do not accept the plan or path of the Supreme Lord. They have no idea of God; they simply manufacture their own worldly plans and consequently complicate the problems of material existence in their vain attempts to solve them. Because material energy (nature) is so powerful, it can resist the unauthorized plans of the atheists and baffle the knowledge of “planning commissions.”
- na=not; mäm=unto Me; duskrtinah=miscreants; müdhäh=foolish; prapadyante=surrender; nara-adhamäh=lowest among mankind; mäyayä=by the illusory energy; apahrta=stolen; jnänäh=whose knowledge; äsuram=demonic bhävam=nature; äsritäh=accepting.