Sunday, June 3, 2012

The answer that is known but still unknown.

 "No man can reveal to you aught but that which already lies half asleep in the dawning of your knowledge."

Whatever you have learnt is not new. It is already known to you. You are made aware of it by a teacher. It is human nature to know if told, to forget with time and then know again. Nevertheless we know it already. 

It is the duty of the teacher to enlighten the student of what he already knows. The teacher cannot give his knowledge to the student but rather takes the student to what he knows by virtue of reasoning and coherent discussion. What the teacher actually gives the student is his love. 

"And even as each one of you stands alone in God's knowledge, so must each one of you be alone in his knowledge of God and in his understanding of the earth."

These are my interpretation of the words of Khalil Gibran. The clarity of his thought resonate truth in me. It seems true that whatever we understand we already know. So it is in us the answers to all questions. We have to find our way to it, a coherent way so that everything makes sense and all questions are answered. 

I am trying to trace my thought process to the question of existence of god. There are a lot of things that are explained by science but extremely wonderful to be a mere coincidence. For example a calf that is born instinctively knows what to do. Similarly in the process of evolution, instinctively the female of a species chooses a male whose genes would be able to better protect her offsprings and help in the survival of species. How does it do it instinctively? Where do animals get their collective memory from. For example a pigeon need not have seen a falcon in its entire life but when it sees the silhouette of a falcon, it knows to fly away. Every species does something spectacular for their continuance. Where do all these memory come from? God maybe?

There are so many wonderful phenomena. The duality of light. The schrodinger's cat. Things that are to unbelievable to imagine. Case in point, the schrodinger's cat explanation led to this famous question of whether the moon exists if we don't look at it. Maybe it needs more imagination than what we understand because the senses we are provided with are not enough to imagine at such a level or maybe our own observations are changing the way it works. We don't know. Do we need to understand everything to get an answer to our question? How do we dig deeper into our understanding to know the answer which is just lying there waiting to be found out? How amazing is everything?

Thus we continue in our journey for knowledge. I hope that one day we will be able to understand this universe and hence be able to provide a coherent answer to the question. Until then we walk

1 comment:

  1. I like your way of writing but I disagree with you in the content. I believe in God. You can't see God but you can see his effects in the world around you to believe on him.

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