The easiest and most appropriate way of understanding things about life is looking inwards. There are things we can do nothing about. For example, no one tells us that once born on this earth we must live and do whatever we can do to live. This ‘inherent intelligence’ we all possess.

Once we start living, we are faced with many more questions, because we are intelligent beings. What all we need to live, why at all we are born if we have to die one day, why we are the way we are and not different, why we often experience pain and is there anything we can do about not experiencing that pain; are just a few of the questions that might cross our mind. We soon become aware that we can venture into finding answers to such question, thanks to the ‘essential intelligence’ that we possess. It can be said that apart from a need of physical survival, because our ‘inherent intelligence’; does not allow us to end our lives; we develop a need for knowing how to get rid of our pains, that being the most disturbing feature of our lives.

Our ‘essential intelligence’ is quite capable of carrying us much further in the realm of what is not ordinarily known to us on the basis of what we observe, experience, imagine, think about and analyze; provided we concentrate on issues that offer many challenges to us exposing our inabilities. However, we are easily tempted to under-use our ‘essential intelligence’ and get much involved with issues that provide us temporary relief and overemphasize our abilities, even overestimating it quite often.

Our fears of the unknown and love for instant pleasures and comfort make us use a major part of the ‘essential intelligence’ that we possess, as ‘trivial intelligence’ to obtain instant solutions relating to mundane problems. If we spend our entire life on our efforts for glorifying it with the outcome of our ‘trivial intelligence’ oblivious of the fact that it is our own cheap, lazy and vulgar perception of our ‘essential intelligence’; we have no ground to complain about the meaninglessness of our life.

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