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Now the Impermanence of Knowledge

Victor Epand

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Many of use enjoy and love the libraries, but it seems as if at times I worry about their future. It is not just the libraries, but more the nature of the information and the knowledge in this material world.

Over time, we have grown up to learn all of these things and as a result has left this wonderful legacy of their knowledge archived in the endless shelves stretching before our little hands. Some where in those dusky books was every thing that we could ever hope to know, which is why the library is simply awesome.

Now, since we have grown up a little, it seems as if we think, less wise. Most of the knowledge, that was gained as a teenager has turned out to be faulty. For example, once we may have thought that we knew about the origin of life and origin of universe through the Darwin theory of evolution and Big Bang theory respectively.

According to the Big Bang theory, our universe sprang into existence as singularity over thirteen billion years ago. What is a singularity and where does it come from? Well, to be honest, we do not know for sure. Singularities are zones which defy our current understanding of physics and are thought to exist at the core of black holes. Abhas Mitra, at the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre in Mumbai, in a controversial paper in the reputed journal, Foundations of Physics Letters, showed that black holes could not exist because their formation and existence flouted Einstein's general theory of relativity.

Now, realize that knowledge itself is transitory and often of questionable validity. Today, when we visit the library, we may become am suspicious. We become swept up in the ambiance and even the smell, but we are wary of those books, because we see books that are obsolete and even inaccurate. Unfortunately, this is true of most of them. Librarians should go through and remove those decayed books, or they should put a little sticker on the shelf as a place card stating that the book that previously occupied this space, has been judged to have become useless, wrong, and misleading.

The other day, at a talk in Indian Institute of Science campus, some one stated that artificial intelligence devices could not have consciousness. Of course, this opinion was unwelcome. So the real problem is, amidst all the junk, how do you find the good stuff, and who is to judge what is good anyway? Fortunately, answer to this question, along with the answers to many other questions, are given by the Supreme Lord in Bhagavad-gita.

Just try to learn the truth by approaching a spiritual master. Inquire from him submissively and render service unto him. The self realized soul can impart knowledge unto you because he has seen the truth, which is from Bhagavad-gita 4.34.

All other process of learning is time consuming, inaccurate, and sometimes misleading. The Supreme advises us to approach a bona fide spiritual master in the line of discipline succession from the Himself. Perfect knowledge is passed from Lord Krishna to Lord Brahma, and in this way it was passed to Vyasadeva, then Vyasadeva wrote down all the Vedic scriptures. This is a perfect source of knowledge, because Krishna is all knowing. What ever Krishna says is not contaminated by the limitations of our material senses.

On the other hand, the process used by the scientists is contaminated by the limitations of their material senses. By this method one uses his own intelligence to understand things around him. This process is not perfect because it relies on information gathered through the senses and the senses themselves are imperfect.

Victor Epand is an expert consultant for Krishna art, religious gifts from India, and Hare Krishna books. Please visit these sites for Krishna art , religious gifts India .


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