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Monday, March 2, 2015

Quest for Knowledge


In the very beginning (the jungle age), human being started accepting Knowledge or Truth based on five senses – i.e. seeing, touching, hearing, tasting and smelling.  This was the first effect of imagination found on human being.  It is due to imagination that human being generated ideas and exercised choice for materializing those ideas, and gradually human beings started living very differently from animals.  It is through imagination and ideas generated thereby, human beings made discovery after discovery – like ability to grow food, make houses, weave clothes, irrigation, domesticate animals, make tools, cure diseases, literature, arts, transportation, telecommunication, civic systems… the list is very long.  At the base of all human discoveries there were two basic discoveries – (1) Ability to Measure at both micro and macro scale, (2) Ability to articulate ideas or language skills.  These two basic discoveries led to great many discoveries that we see all around us today.   Imagination worked in both constructive and destructive directions.  The examples of destructive use of imaginations are also plenty – such as atom bomb, pollution, wars, slavery, terrorism, exploitation of resources, exploitation of poor by rich, etc.

This knowledge from senses, which resulted in such wonderful discoveries and astounding progress (also lot of destructive activities) since jungle age, is only functional knowledge (karya gyan) but not something that gives happiness to human being in a lasting way.   Knowledge from senses and the ideas generated thereby didn’t quite fulfill human imagination.  The functional knowledge (karya gyan) is necessary but not sufficient for human living.  As mentioned earlier, human being seeks knowledge only for fulfillment.  As sensory knowledge didn’t quite fulfill human being, it was concluded: -

“There is more to Truth than what meets the eye.”

The senses don’t reveal completeness of reality or Truth, there is “more”.  That “more” remained unknown, mysterious, or too complicated for understanding in human history so far. 

Human being needs the essential knowledge (mool gyan) which is the basis of all functional knowledge.  

Many endeavors took place in human history part of humankind’s quest for essential knowledge, and their presentations are there for us to study and practice. 

In our quest for knowledge, we humans always have a choice between the path of Study and the path of Exploration.  While the path of Study is with guidance and inspiration of teacher who has the realization in essential knowledge, the path of exploration is a lonely pursuit.  Both Exploration and Study intend to eventually succeed in aspirant’s realization in essential knowledge. 

Madhyasth Darshan is but another link in humankind’s Quest for Essential Knowledge.  It is result of exploration by Shree A. Nagraj of Amarkantak, who has proposed it for study to humankind as alternative of Materialism and Idealistic Theism. 

Essential Knowledge and Truth are neither mysterious nor secretive; these are cognizable, comprehensible and realizable by each human being. 

- based on Madhyasth Darshan

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