Srimad Bhagavatam 11.08.10 - Essence Seeker like Honeybee (download mp3)
by Jayadvaita Swami at ISKCON Chowpatty
anubhyas ca mahadbhyas ca
sastrebhyah kusalo narah
sarvatah saram adadyat
puspebhya iva satpadah
Just as the honeybee takes nectar from all flowers, big and small, an intelligent human being should take the essence from all religious scriptures.
In human society the original knowledge is called Veda, and the essential part of veda, or knowledge, is Krsna consciousness. As stated in Bhagavad-gita (15.15), vedais ca sarvair aham eva vedyah. From the honeybee, an intelligent human being should learn to take the essence, or nectar, of all knowledge. A honeybee does not waste its time trying to carry away an entire bush or garden, but rather takes the essential nectar. We may thus study the difference between the honeybee and the ass, who carries heavy loads. Education does not mean to become an intellectual ass carrying heavy loads of useless knowledge; rather, one should accept the essential knowledge that leads to an eternal life of bliss and understanding.
At the present time people generally have a sectarian concept of religion, and yet there is no scientific understanding of the Absolute Truth. Such complacent, dogmatic, sectarian religionists can certainly learn something from the example of the honeybee given in this verse.