The power of Jnana

“Ancient Indian theories lacked an empirical base, but they were brilliant imaginative explanations of the physical structure of the world, and in a large measure, agreed with the discoveries of modern physics” -A.L. Basham, Australian Indologist

In a previous article, I advocated for the fact that the world, over centuries has only rediscovered a lot of knowledge which already existed in the Indian subcontinent. The obvious question that may arise is how on earth, could these people know so much, with the limited resources they possessed?

They were not scientists in the modern concept. They were seekers, often sages, or even workers finding ways to do their work better. Let me here; introduce you to the concept of jnana. For ages, Indian attained knowledge by attainment of jnana. On the contrary, today’s education system depends on the concept of vidya. Vidya can be attained by attaching one’s mind to the senses. On the other hand, jnana can only be attained by detaching one’s mind from senses. Jnana can be attained only when one looks and searches inwards!


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