THIS article appeared in the economic times of 30.11.2013
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GYAN vs UNDERSTANDING
GYAN means knowledge which can be goggled or researched. But such knowledge creates relative and a limited understanding of our inquisitiveness. As an example, light dispels darkness. For a child who is afraid of darkness, lighting a lamp is an act of fascination. However a young man carries a torch to rid fear of darkness. An adult realises that darkness is the absence of light. Level of brightness can be increased with intensity of illumination. Still higher understanding may be that light is an “energy” of nature. All living and non-livings beings are also “energies” with different frequencies. Consciousness too is energy. Our consciousness is human at this point of time. All living and non-living being may have active or passive energies of consciousness.
Thus Gyan is gross thinking or thought of lower Mind. Understanding is refinement of Gyan by application of higher Mind. Gyan is egoistic. Understanding brings humility upon realization that all of us are micro-specks in the grand hierarchy of Creation or Supreme consciousness, with invisible connectivity and inter- dependence.
Mind is a blend of pure divinity mixed with fine, subtle and gross matter. The Mind as a mirror, depending upon its purity, reflects physical or mental perceptions. A polished mirror replicates perfectly. Deeper appreciation of Gyan or knowledge is directly related to evolved state of mind.Mind’s receptivity blossoms when scrubbed clean. Mystics preach cleaning mind with spiritual soap of soul which is the essence of Primal power in meditative concentration that enables it experience “I am He” or Tat-avm-asi. Duality between You and Me ceases. It then attains “sojhi”—the inner realization which is exceptionally intense than mundane knowledge. That is termed Understanding