Tuesday, May 4, 2010


Knowledge is the crown every one wish to have. Due to our nature, we have the basic urge for gaining knowledge. Again, based on our nature, the urge for the type of knowledge we seek differ. On one side it is technological knowledge, simple techniques we use in our day-to-day life to complicated rocket launching technologies or the medical technologies for maintaining our own body. They are mere technological knowledge, which helps us to make our life comfortable.

On the other side, we have the knowledge in psychological realm – any knowledge which supports the existence and growth of ego. As long as the technical knowledge is pure, without any interference from knowledge in psychological domain, they are great. It helps us to have a better, comfortable, easy life. But that is a very rare possibility on considering the general tendency of human being. For a common man or women or child, the technological knowledge gets superimposed by the knowledge in psychological domain. This may be the starting point of all our troubles and sufferings. Almost all destructions by human being might have been due to the interference of knowledge in psychological domain with the technological knowledge; for any destruction, technological knowledge is must, but technological knowledge alone cannot initiate any destruction – It can only cause an accident.

If we like to have only the technological evolution and eliminate human initiated destruction, we must understand the interface between technological knowledge and knowledge which support our ego. That may be the Wisdom. For that knowledge, we have to have the capability of understanding the mechanism of any technological knowledge being infected by our own ego. For that we must have complete understanding of our own ego; understanding of our ego amounts to the dissolution of ego itself. If that happen what remains is pure technological knowledge.

Knowledge is also a trap, inescapable trap. When we are unaware of our ego and its functions, we never recognize what is real and psychological domain of knowledge. Whatever reaches the mind, it takes it as knowledge about the subject – it cannot recognize the egoistic component of that knowledge, as the superimposition of egoistic component happens simultaneously as we start conceiving any thing in our mind. As we are deep inside an unlimited such nests of knowledge, it is nearly impossible to realize truth – the only way out is start understanding our own ego, which may start unwind the nests and possibly make us free; free from our own knowledge and hence ego.

To understand the truthfulness of our knowledge, we must have enough freedom from the knowledge we gained. We must be capable of withstanding the shock of knowing that our knowledge is just illusion. Almost none of us have that quality. Our entire life is built on the belief that we are knowledgeable. If we need to face the fact that our knowledge is just an illusion, the entire span of life we had until now is meaningless. The void generated by the understanding that our knowledge is illusion lead as to believe that our life is meaningless. Now we need to have the courage to face a meaningless life. The very thought (note – it is the thought) that our life is meaningless may takes away our desire to live – for sure, no one like to be in such a state!

Look at the same scenario from another angle. We are sufficiently free from our knowledge. This freedom gives us the capability to just go ahead in our life, even if we understand our knowledge on certain subject is illusion – because we have no egoistic attachment with our own knowledge. This very freedom allows as look into the subject from another perspective – This may be the true knowledge about the subject. Anything here in the world is constantly changing and hence the subject under study can also change at any point of time. As we are free from our knowledge, we can look into the same subject again and again with perspective required for the new situation. This is the true knowledge. That is the knowledge gained with freedom from our own knowledge is true knowledge – The knowledge of life on moment-to-moment basis. In such a life, the knowledge of any religion is unnecessary, the knowledge of any scripture is unnecessary, the knowledge of any morality is unnecessary. What we need is just the knowledge about ourselves. It is experiencing ourselves. It is Living. Without experiencing our own existence, what we call as living is not living – it is, just existing.

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