Based on Bhagavad Gita Chapter 07, Text 19
By Chaitanya Charan Das
Some people feel that the path of bhakti is too simplistic: “If we just do what Krishna tells, then how are we doing justice to our intelligence? It is Krishna who has given us intelligence. Wouldn’t he want us to use it properly?”
Yes, Krishna wants us to use our intelligence not just properly but perfectly. And the perfection of intelligence includes its capacity to recognize its limitation: that it is not great enough to be omniscient.
By our intelligence, we can appreciate the majesty and harmony of the natural world undisrupted by human intrusion. Thereby we can sense the existence of an intelligence far better than our own — the supreme intelligence of Krishna.
That supreme intelligence complements our human intelligence by providing a source of perennial wisdom: scripture. By using scripture to contemplate the nature of existence, we understand that just as Krishna has a position and a plan for everything, he has a position and a plan for us too. When we intelligently harmonize ourselves with that position and plan, we learn to love Krishna and relish life to its fullest. Doing anything else keeps us in disharmony and comprises underuse of our intelligence.