Process of receiving transcendental knowledge

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Speaker: Srila Prabhupada
Source: Relatively Dirty Or Absolutely Clean

slide3-1000x468We receive knowledge from the authority. Everyone receives knowledge from the authority, but general authority, and our process of accepting authority is little different. Our process of accepting one authority means he is also accepting his previous authority. One cannot be authority self-made. That is not possible. Then it is imperfect. I have given this example many times, that a child learns from his father. The child asks the father, “Father, what is this machine?” and the father says, “My dear child, it is called microphone.” So the child receives the knowledge from the father, “This is microphone.” So when the child says to somebody else, “This is microphone,” it is correct. Although he is child, still, because he has received the knowledge from the authority, his expression is correct. Similarly, if we receive knowledge from the authority, then I may be child, but my expression is correct. This is our process of knowledge. We do not manufacture knowledge.