The goal of Spiritual Knowledge is Not Just Discovery but Also Recovery ! (Gita Daily)

Published on Aug 17, 2013

Based on Bhagavad Gita Chapter 10, Text 18

Some of us may get the doubt: “Science is exciting because therein we constantly discover new things. In spirituality, all the knowledge is already given in the scriptures, so there’s nothing new to discover. Won’t this make spirituality boring?”

No, because the aim of knowledge in the two domains is different. In science, the purpose of knowledge is to acquire new information about things: what they are and how they work. As information doesn’t live or love, its potential to excite us rests primarilyin its novelty.Once we discover that information, say, a new equation, its freshness and its charm ends; thereafter,its value remains only in its functional utility.

In contrast, the purpose of spiritual knowledge is to revive our relationship with Krishna, the forgotten lord of our heart. As Krishna is a living and loving person, knowledge about him is exciting not just because of its novelty, but also because of the reciprocity of the object of that knowledge. We may get an inkling of this excitement in the thrill we feel on meeting a forgotten childhood friend who still remembers us and is delighted to meet us.

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