Knowledge without feeling is dry

10275980_10152667806424667_6787899080275202182_n“Although many of us may think of ourselves as thinking creatures that feel, biologically we are feeling creatures that think”
Jill Bolte Taylor, My Stroke of Insight: A Brain Scientist’s Personal Journey

I never understood the meaning of “dry” knowledge. Knowledge have never been dry to me, on the contrary it has been like a well of inspiration. I thrive on knowledge, it’s what keep things interesting.

“Having developed faith in topics about me and being disgusted with all karmas, a devotee knows that all enjoyments are filled with misery. But he is unable to give them up. Still, with affection for me, with faith and determination, he will continue worshipping me, while at the same time partaking of those enjoyments which give rise to suffering and yet condemning them.” (Srimad Bhagavatam 11.20.27-28)
When, oh when will that day be mine? When my offenses ceasing, taste for the name increasing, when in my heart will your mercy shine, when, oh when will that day be mine? (Kabe habe bolo, Srila Bhaktivinode Thakura)

For the first time I felt something when I read these two verses, especially the first verse of “Kabe habe bolo”. If I read the next verse; nothing, no feeling. No understanding.

But especially the first verse of “Kabe habe bolo” is crying out to me. The feelings are so clear, and suddenly available to me. Suddenly I understand why the feeling “dry” is used, knowledge without feeling is dry. There is a level of realization missing that gives a deeper understanding and meaning to it. Knowledge without the heart is dry.

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