We human beings have an intelligence more advanced than our nonhuman fellow beings. This developed intelligence enables us to think beyond the immediate issues that occupy the animal world: eating, sleeping, mating and defending. We can think about the ultimate issues: the meaning of existence, the source of creation and the ultimate goal of life. Of course, these issues deal with a realm that is invisible and intangible, but that does not make them insubstantial or insignificant. In fact, those who consider these issues to be insubstantial and insignificant sentence themselves to an insubstantial and insignificant existence that is not much different from that of the animals, for they remain devoted to mostly animalistic pleasures.
The Bhagavad-gita (07.15) calls such people by a curious name, mayayapaharita jnanah, those whose intelligence has been stolen by illusion. This Gita designation acknowledges that these people have intelligence, but also indicates that illusion has stolen from them the awareness of the purpose of intelligence: to build a bridge that raises them from the animal level to the spiritual level. These people use their intelligence for the exact opposite purpose: for rationalizingtheir animalistic ways. They thus build a wall that separates them from the spiritual level.
For those of us who wish to fulfill the purpose of intelligence, Gita wisdom offers us a philosophical, logical and experiential sense of the world beyond. When we use our intelligence to comprehend and implement Gita wisdom, then it forms a bridge that takes us from the visible to the invisible, from the material to the spiritual, from the mundane to the divine. In that invisible, non-material, divine realm, our potential for personality and relationships blossoms fully in our loving connection with Krishna.
“Those miscreants who are grossly foolish, who are lowest among mankind, whose knowledge is stolen by illusion, and who partake of the atheistic nature of demons do not surrender unto Me.”