Someone loses their transcendental knowledge, either due to reducing their devotional service and losing their shelter or due to offences. Then once you lose that transcendental knowledge it’s very easy to act in a most foolish way. Somebody with transcendental knowledge cannot understand at all how a person can act in such a foolish way, as people in material understanding act. That’s why the Bhagavad-gītā also states that the time of awakening for a self-realized soul is the time of sleeping for a person in material consciousness; and the time of awakening for a person in material consciousness is the time of sleeping for a self-realized soul. So, a person in transcendental knowledge, they have a transcendental perspective on things.
His Holiness Jayapataka Swami Maharaj
1989, 13th October, SB class, @ New Talavan, USA