Things try to become stable by seeking the lowest possible energy level. The man thinks that he can become stable by dwelling in excited states. All this excitement about life is not easy to understand. The man becomes restless about ‘knowing’ without realizing what he wants to know. He runs from pillar to post in search of happiness without knowing what happiness is. He complains about the fire that surrounds him without realizing that he has permitted himself to become fuel to intensify that fire.
We have been granted abilities to think and act. But, what must be thought about and acted upon has to be explored by us. Unfortunately, many of us who have never been students themselves present themselves as our teachers. They tell us that our life is a serious affair. We, on our part, become so overwhelmed about the so called seriousness of life that we do not even try to stop for a while to find out what is serious about our life and what is not.
The able teachers of the ancient times thought that only those, who had developed strong need and consequent desire to know, can be taught. They believed that the knowledge cannot be imparted to the one who has not worked upon himself to identify what exactly he needed to know.
Societies can train individuals to become dutiful human beings who are concerned about the welfare of all and conduct accordingly. Youth can be adequately trained to enable them to earn right livelihood for their survival. However, unless a strong urge is felt by one to know the meaning and purpose of life, he should not be lured or compelled to know what he is not seriously interested in knowing. Half knowledge of the truth that is half understood creates unnecessary confusion.
Creating and preserving the knowledge of the truth of things is for the pleasure of the soul. Many among us will continue to happily delve in spiritual exploration; hence, it is highly unlikely that the availability of such knowledge or opportunities of learning it will ever dwindle. Propagation of spiritual and religious knowledge is socially justified, but any allurement for its propagation or enforcement thereof is neither spiritually, nor religiously consistent.
PROMOD KUMAR SHARMA
[The writer of this blog is also the author of “Mahatma A Scientist of the Intuitively Obvious” and “In Search of Our Wonderful Words”.]