"Too much study of the scriptures does more harm than good. The important thing is to know the essence of the scriptures. After that, what is the need of books? One should learn the essence and then dive deep in order to realize God".
The reason I have chosen Sri Rama Krishna's quote at the top of this post is because it makes a lot of sense (to me anyway) It's as if all the Holy Scriptures act like the scaffolding, Good for steadying a shaky foundation but once the roots are firmly in place words and philosophical discussions are redundant to the point of being counter productive.Again this is just my opinion but it seems to me a lot of people are just kidding themselves when they say they want to get "enlightened" They've always got that next retreat to go to,or some book they think (hope) will give them all the answers they seek....It's like learning to ride a bike,sure you need training wheels when you start out but you've gotta know when to take them off.
"So long as the bee is outside the petals of the lily, and has not tasted the sweetness of its honey, it hovers around the flower emitting the buzzing sound; but when it is inside the flower, it noiselessly drinks the nectar. So long as a man quarrels and disputes about doctrines and dogmas, he has not tasted the nectar of true faith; when he has tasted it, he becomes quiet and full of peace."