In the sun there is great heat and light, and by reflecting the greatness of the sun’s light, the moon in night also appears great. Actually the moon is by nature dark ans cold, but in association with sun it has become accepted as great. Hence by association of the Great, one appears great.
When we are children, innocent, we have no bad habits, but as we grow and associate with bad company, we also acquire all these bad habits. To give up all these bad habits means we have to associate with sadhus or devotees, saintly persons. Then we can give it up. This is called ‘Anartha-nivritti’, means giving up all unwanted bad habits. — Conversation, Mexico, 11th Feb, 1975.
Ordinary knowledge obtained by a university education pertains only to matter. Knowledge means knowing the distinction between spirit and matter. In modern education there is no knowledge about spirit; they are simply taking care of the material elements and bodily needs.
The gigantic industrial enterprises are products of a godless civilization, and they cause the destruction of the noble aims of human life.
Srimad Bhagavatam 1.8.40,