Knowledge

One of my favorite movies is Good Will Hunting and my favorite part from the movie is when Will and Shawn are seated in the park overlooking the pond. Shawn tells Will “But I’ll bet you can’t tell me what it smells like in the Sistine Chapel. You’ve never actually stood there and looked up at that beautiful ceiling; seen that”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NBjWHfBHKos”

This is beautiful moment in the film that I keep getting reminded of whenever I read yet another book on spirituality. Knowing and experiencing are two different things, and if the knowledge is used to experience something that is a good thing, else such a knowledge is an impediment. Again quoting from the Isha Upanishad, those who are ignorant will enter into blind darkness, so will those who are seeking knowledge. The gist here is that the knowledge itself does not lead to the ultimate, but can slow you down in the path. Knowledge is needed but not necessary to realize the self. I see this every day in a practical sense, when we hear what others are saying but rarely listen. If we can be aware and listen to ourselves & those around us that very experience will be fulfilling.

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