Our intellect, even if it is well trained in selflessness, simplicity and humility, has no ability to act as a guide for us; it can, at best, be relied upon as a well prepared tool. One must remain in contact with and learn from the people who are well settled in selflessness, compassion and truth. Apart from experiencing from one’s own experiences, one must try to learn from those who have sincerely tried to explore the meaning and purpose of life. However, one must constantly observe and ensure whether his trained intellect has been helping him to sift out what is relevant and useful in the experiences of others.

We had talked about training the intellect prior to commencing the process of learning in the last chapter (# 15094). Here, in this blog we have discussed about the next stage when one tries to learn through his interactions with others who also have chosen to explore the essence of the life (the interactions that can briefly be referred to as Satsang), that is, those who try to think and conduct rightly and righteously. In this blog we are emphasizing that the training of the intellect must be put to practice to find out if our ability to sift out the useful is showing any improvement. Exploration of truth is a lifelong process, so is training of the intellect and Satsang. Necessity of right company that helps us improve can never be undermined. Untrained intellect is like an unreliable tool that can spoil our earnest efforts without any ill intention; hence, the continuous process of proper training, improvements in the training process and trials should never be avoided.

[The writer of this blog is also the author of “Mahatma A Scientist of the Intuitively Obvious” and “In Search of Our Wonderful Words”.]