With knowledge comes humility

On verse 53 of the Bhagavad Gita Chapter 2, Yogishri explained the nature of the intellect to the sadhaks gathered. “It is not possible for the intellect to know everything, in any sphere of life – be it worldly or spiritual. The more you know, the more aware you become of the magnitude of what you don’t know” he said.

Beyond the known and the unkown

While the intellect can comprehend the known and realize things that are unknown, there is the unknowable beyond both the known and the unknown. The Infinite divinity that is the  cause of the Intellect, that it cannot comprehend.

“Just like how a torchlight can illuminate everything but its own power source, so too can the intellect comprehend everything except the unknowable. The divinity.”

The mere recognition of this truth makes a person instantly humble. A vast majority of people use their intellect to know a few things and become arrogant with the information gained. A minuscule minority gain humility as they delve into the depth of their field of knowledge. Only the rare few rise above these two, becoming an enlightened one, dropping the very intellect and its ego to merge with the divinity. It is this inability to comprehend the very source that Lord Krishna explains as the state of the intellect called Viprathipanna or Perplexed.

The Sadhana

Yogishri asked the sadhaks to start putting efforts towards excelling in the field that one is in. “Do not do anything mechanically” he warned them. He further explained that as one gains the expertise, one will automatically start humbling down. Only then can one start questioning what lies beyond all this and even appreciate the depth of this inner search.

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