RYS 200, 300, 500 in Rishikesh
Knowledge is power... so we must be very careful with what we accept as knowledge, as truth. Perhaps it is better to only know one truth for certain than allow a million assumptions to live in your mind? Question everything! Challenge everything! Be a human, not a parrot.
My grandmother was a lovely woman who lived a very protected life for 98 years and had little experience of anything that didn't include the household, her husband and her children. But she was thought of as a well-read lady as she read the newspaper, back to back every day... she could converse on almost any topic! For many people, intelligence is nothing else but being well-read. But that is not being human. Any computer can upload data and present it, but we have not been given this incredible brain to become two-legged PC's. We are here to know life and to know life we must become naked like Adam and Eve. Become naked in our minds by dropping all assumptions. We cannot go on gradually accepting sophisticated gossip as truths and knowledge, because through this we sustain the very illusion which keeps us from experiencing life as we were meant to.
My father always says to me: "Jenny, you must start watching the news and read the newspapers! You'll become an idiot otherwise"... But I will rather remain a blissful idiot, joyfully discovering life first hand than accept assumptions as truths. Why should I make someone else's experience my truth?? Why should I trust the media, society or anyone else more than my first hand experience?? No, I will not!
What do you know for certain? What is knowledge, really? Do you know who are your parents? No, you don't. But you accept what you've been told as a truth. Do you know what you are? Where you're going after life? Why you're here? Most of us don't and yet people kill others because of pure assumptions on these topics. It's magnificent absurdity, isn't it?
What do I know about the world? Not much, but I have assumed a lot. Do I really know what it looks like, what goes on? No...the truth is that I don't. I assume certain things based on what I have been taught in school, seen on TV, read in books, newspapers etc., but this is not real knowledge, is it? This is information (and often severely modified!), not knowledge... and information without experience is just sophisticated gossip.
So what?! What's the big deal? The big deal is that we spend our lives living other people's truths and allowing them to become our own. The news says the world is dangerous, the world is violent... but this is not my experience or my truth. To my knowledge, the world is safe. How does this affect my energy, the clash between what is being communicated to me and what is my real experience? I read about wars, rapes, murders and unless I'm aware this can easily become an accepted truth in my mind, can it not? Slowly like a poison I grow fearful, insecure and untrusting and ultimately possessive and I forget to check back with myself.
Living your own truth means only accepting as true what you yourself has experienced. What you yourself can confirm is true. For this we have been given six senses; touching, tasting, smelling, hearing, seeing and perceiving through intuition. When we understand this, then the search for knowledge through experience becomes a beautiful journey and once again we can see life through the eyes of a child. Only when we drop all assumptions can we begin to discover what life really is. One of the most important things to always keep in mind is our own ignorance. We live a life of assumptions because as we grew up, we were told we didn't know anything and we needed to upgrade our software to what society thought appropriate and we were molded into trusting the communicated truth instead of our own. We believe a lot of things and when enough people believe the same or when the thought have been repeated enough times we accept it as a truth. But it's not.
I was pondering over this the other day... what can I be certain of? What do I really know? It was both frightening and liberating to realize how little it is. But suddenly life became interesting again! The whole world seemed to be new and dazzling, just waiting for me to explore it and I realized that the acceptance of my own ignorance was the first step on my life-quest. The following day became magical. I felt high, to be honest! The dawning winter-sky seemed painted with intense shades of blue and violet. The melting flakes of snow on the tip of my nose felt sensational, the cup of tea seemed more fragrant than ever. The love that has been growing in my heart the past months suddenly felt almost ecstatic... "what is this?!" I asked myself and the answer came back immediately: "This... is what life feels like."