Advancement made through material education and intelligence is not spiritual advancement. Spiritual advancement is achieved simply by maintaining a progressive, pure mood. Even a most foolish person can attain ample mercy from the Supreme Lord, while a most learned scholar, because of his godlessness, can become animalistic and unqualified to attain that same mercy. Therefore, when trying to attain the Lord’s mercy, education, wealth, strength, beauty, and material expertise do not play a role. On the one hand, greatly learned scholars and powerful people are gradually running to hell because of their pride; on the other hand, the most foolish, weak people are attaining great peace of mind by engaging in the Supreme Lord’s devotional service.
(Sri Manah-Siksa, Verse 5)
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