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In special Guru Purnima discourse in Pune, Swami Parthasarathy says humans need to develop intellect to lead a perfect life

The Vedanta expert said that humans have become worse than animals and are fully dependent upon the world around them, be it desire, greed, fear or socio-economic compulsions, leaving them in a trapped situation.

pune Updated: Jul 19, 2018 16:38 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Pune
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Swami Parthasarathy.(Ravindra Joshi/HT PHOTO)

Pune Humans are capable of achieving absolute independence by using intellect, and yet they lead lives of total dependence,” said Vedanta doyen Swami Parthasarathy. He was speaking at the annual Guru Purnima special discourse Path to Perfection at Balgandharva Rang Mandir on Wednesday.

Speaking about the vicious cycle of dependence which is the root to stress and anxieties for human beings, he said, “Our world is made of three basic kinds of creations — plants, animals and humans. While plants are largely dependent on external help as they cannot fend for themselves, animals are partially independent but tied down by the laws of nature that shape their anatomy. For instance, a herbivore like cow cannot eat meat and vice versa. But, humans have intellect which makes them capable of absolute independence.”

The Vedanta expert said that humans have become worse than animals and are fully dependent upon the world around them, be it desire, greed, fear or socio-economic compulsions, leaving them in a trapped situation.

As a solution, the 91-year-old Swamiji said, “It is important to develop the intellect and not just intelligence. While schools and colleges help to only develop our intelligence, intellect has to be developed by oneself and it helps one control the desires produced by the mind, and will lead to an independent and perfect life.”

First Published: Jul 19, 2018 16:38 IST