ab

 

Chapter 3: Knowledge (Vidya VS Avidya)

“I warn you in advance that to involve oneself with the teachings of an Upanishad is akin to playing with fire. An Upanishad cannot be understood without also being transformed” – OSHO.

Everyone seeks knowledge in some way or another. What is knowledge? Knowledge is simply the seeking and amassing of information for the purpose of betterment of ones self. Sages of the Vedic societies (anarchic societies that not only recognize but also respect individual sovereignty), who saw duality in all things perceived in the economic realm, segregated all incoming information into two distinct categories:

 

Vidya:
Information that leads to the realization of ones self

Avidya:
Information that feeds the ego, leading away from ones self

 

The ego is the interface with the Maya (perceived reality, one that does not reveal the hidden principles of true reality. Maya is unconscious, Atman is conscious), born out of avidya, as proven by the sages many moons ago, this illusionary life wherein you HAVE TO get up and send your kids to school before rushing off to work, barely making ends meet despite working long hours all while remaining in debt forever; where you’re doing all these things without even being conscious of doing them. You just do, because this how it has always been; seldom even knowing why you are doing what you are doing. The un-seen monopoly on “knowledge” has lead to this illusion. Allow me to break this illusion.

 

Knowledge (Vidya)

 

Those who are lucky enough to have had access to the information amassed by the sages of the Vedic societies are also blessed with the opportunity to dwell in these ancient philosophies, words that the sages used to say back in the old days (Vedic wisdom). Sages are conscious of every single word they use. Each one has deep meaning. One very famous verse in ancient Sanskrit scriptures is as follows:

 

“Matha Pitha Guru Deivam”.

 

A direct translation would be, “Mother, Father, Teacher, God/Divine”.

 

Although it seems like a simple 4 word sentence, the depth to it is immense. If we were to further analyze this quote, it becomes conspicuously evident that the sages were citing this as the definitive path to acquiring knowledge. Not only is this the path to acquiring information, it is also the only logical order in which one can obtain knowledge (Vidya). Whether or not one is aware of this fact is a personal choice.

 

Matha & Pitha (Mother & Father)

 

The order in which things are unraveled to an individual is such that upon birth the first person one sees is the mother, it has to be so. The mother, the only one who could possibly knows the truth of the father, then introduces the dad. The mother is the first access to knowledge (doorway to information). The father is the second.

From the moment of birth you have two Gurus in front of you, the learning begins from the time of birth. Whether or not your parents are aware that they are teaching you, you will see them and you will emulate them. The child learns from the parents, this is the law of nature. If you remove the child and place it amongst a group of animals (apes, wolves, sheep etc.) the child will start emulating the actions of the group it associates itself with. Why? Because the child acquires its survival skills (information) via association. This also explains why obese parents are more likely to have obese kids in spite of feeding them “low-fat” foods or why parents who smoke are likely to pass on the habit to their kids despite them repeatedly telling them not to do it. Actions speak louder than words. Don’t preach, act.

This is the reason why we have mindsets based on locality (Indians, Americans, Germans, Norwegians, Christians, Muslims, Hindus etc.) and each collective group thinks differently from the other, their States (government, church, temple, all collective authority) have told them what to think because of the un-seen monopoly on information. Only those who are well-traveled and/or well-read are able to perceive differently as they now have access to more than one perspective. Be weary of Statist material taught in schools (especially public schools), almost all of it is false information (Avidya), safe for logic-based fields that require proof. If you must read, read Anarchic (non hierarchic, non statist) material; this broadens perspective.

Like it or not, the child learns from the parents (mom and dad). Their influence on this child’s life is much greater than perceived. Instead of parroting the information they have been exposed to (in the name of country, culture or God) that they themselves do not understand, parents should perhaps simply let the child be, so it can amass information on its own. If a parent is truly concerned with the child’s education, they should first and foremost figure out what knowledge is before imparting knowledge upon the child. Reality dictates that it is indeed the parents who brought the child here (into the economic realm) and the parents are also the ones who’re going to introduce this child to the Guru.

 

The Guru VS School

 

A Guru, by definition, is one who imparts the divinity of knowledge (Vidya) upon the child, which in turn leads to the child realizing ‘God’. Now this makes no sense in our political world of 2016, but only because I’m yet to define ‘God’. Only a Guru can do that. A Guru is nothing more than one who has understood truth and is able to explain it in a simple manner so others can also perceive it.

A Guru is not a superior person, he’s merely one who has access to information and is able to relay this message in a simple manner and so he shares it with others. The information is not his; he does not own this information. He’s merely passing the message on, that is all the Guru can do with this information, do not pay any attention to the messenger. The messenger is irrelevant, only the idea matters. The message is the idea. If we are all created equal, are we not merely a collective of ideas (psychic realm)?

In today’s society the Guru is usually introduced as a school teacher, college lecturer, university professor, a mentor (some politician or a high-ranking religious leader such as a pope, priest, imam etc.) or something similar. These people are perceived as superior beings by the average man and by society. They are usually treated with respect by the average man and they always seem to prefer preferential treatment. Some “gurus” even demand gifts in return for their knowledge. There is nothing wrong in demanding gifts (Incentive) in return for their time (Labor); long as the message is true knowledge (Vidya). May we say that of todays “gurus”? Lets explore further.

 

The Self

 

Vidya is knowledge of the Self. If you knew thy-self, you will sit consciously, stand consciously, walk consciously and sleep consciously. Yoga is a scientific method of investigation of the self; it is a path to the self. By understanding the various aspects of the self, man becomes conscious of the physicality of his nature. Man exists in nature (although today most humans consider themselves either superior or separate from nature). There are five aspects of the self as discovered and shared thousands of years ago by the yogis of the Vedic era and these aspects make up the self. They are as follows:

 

Annamay Kosh:

The physical body, which is sustained by food and exists in the physical realm

(Political or Economic Realm)

 

Pranamay Kosh:

The energy body, consisting of electrical fields aka Breath

(Etheric Realm, the bridge that holds the mind and the body together)

 

Manomay Kosh:

The psychic/mental body aka the Mind

(Psychic Realm, which is the source of thoughts, emotions and desires)
Note: This is the root word from which the word ‘Man’ is derived

 

Vigyanamay Kosh:

The conscious/intuitive body aka Awareness

(Realm beyond the mind where you are the impartial observer/witness. Herein lies intellect, which has the capacity to determine)

 

Anandmay Kosh:

The bliss body aka Enlightenment

(This layer is a composition of “Ananda” or “Bliss” which is not connected with the mind and the body. It is the innermost Kosha or layer of all others. It is connected with the dreamless state or samadhi state)

 

All one has to do is to be conscious of what they do, be it anything. Regardless of whether we are aware of it or not, every newborn sees the mother. That’s how learning begins. The father comes next. Give it some thought before bringing a child to the economic realm. You are the one who has to show this child to the Guru.

 

False Knowledge (Avidya)

 

Avidya fuels Maya. Avidya not only deceives people about the things they think they know; it also limits their knowledge. Most collective organizations (State/Federal government and religious organizations are the same, religion is a path to the self, any political form of collective organization cannot be religious due to the fact that it leads away from the self) have claimed that sex (or certain acts of sex) is a sin, abortion is a sin, protected sex is a sin and that the baby is the Child of God, a gift of God. These are bogus claims. Sex is not a sin, it could be a fun topic that should not only be discussed frequently but also experimented with as there is a lot to discover, but that’s up to the individual. Our collective knowledge on the topic of sex is severely limited due to the monopoly of knowledge imposed by “religious” collectives for ages. The Kama Sutra is an example of Vidya, it talks about the topic of love within which the act of sex lies. It is an observation, nothing more. Awareness cannot be prejudice.

What is a sin? What is a virtue? The opposite of sin is virtue. The opposite of virtue is sin. What is the definition of sin? Anything that disappears with awareness is sin. Anything that remains with awareness is virtue. What then is awareness? Awareness is simply being conscious of whatever it is that you’re doing. For example, how can a conscious being be angered? Only an unconscious individual can be angered. Anger is a result of an absence, never a presence. If you are present, if you become conscious of anger whilst feeling it, the emotion disappears.

To manage anger, it is a common remedy throughout multiple cultures to take deep breaths or to count to 10 when someone is angry. Usually after counting to 10 the person appears to be in control of him/her self. In some societies it is recommended to count in reverse from 10 to 1, and this also proves to calm people down. Why is this so? You’re simply becoming aware of your breathing (Pranamay kosh: the energy body), which is the bridge between the psychic realm (the mind) and the economic realm (the body/person). The psychic realm is the realm of ideas, the thought body (the body of knowledge that has been amassed and documented by individuals who have graced this planet). Be very very careful what you feed it. Outsourcing this responsibility to any collective authority (the government) is not only crazy but also very scary and usually results in disastrous consequences. Let’s continue on to the monopoly of education, shall we?

 

The perception of truth

 

What is truth? All claims are either true (Vidya) or false (Avidya). True claims can be proven whilst false claims can be dis-proven. Everything is a claim, either true or false. When a claim is made, the burden of proof falls on the one making the claim. “This is how it has always been” is not an argument. Evolution, which is the claim that the only constant is change itself, has proven itself to be true. “This is how it’s always been”, is a false claim. If you have ever used that claim, then this is what you have been told to perceive as true. It does not make it true, no matter how many people believe it.

Most powers that be claim the authority from God (although they frequently market and sell it as the “consent of the governed”, which is a false claim), the invisible man in the sky. Almost every society has some complicated definition for the word ‘God’. These complex definitions have confused most of humanity for a long time. Even today many are still confused. What is God? What is the definition of God? What is Divine? Even great anarchist writers had trouble defining this term. If one comes up with a complex definition of God, it simply means they do not know what God is. God is a realization, the revelation of truth.

 

What is God?

 

God is one that gives continually and unconditionally without ever taking back. It can’t stop giving even if it wanted to and can’t take back what was given, even if it wanted to. It can only give. Its existence itself is dependent upon giving.

The one who receives (you) can neither give back, even if you wanted to, nor stop receiving if you felt like it. The receiver always receives while God always gives. This is the axiom. The ONLY thing the receiver can do is to be grateful for receiving. Prayer is the only response to receiving from God; it is a method of showing gratitude. Prayer today is a mockery of what it ought to be. Attempted bribery and/or seeking solace is not prayer.

Does God still sound magical? Not really. It is quite simple to understand if you are able to perceive it. Ever wondered why so many societies prayed to the sun? The sun is the perfect example of God. It gives unconditionally. Without it nothing you know will exist. Even you wont exist if the sun decided to lower its temperature by a few degrees. Your life (physical existence) is dependent upon the existence of the sun. Your existence is a combination of a variety of factors including but not limited to the suns rays hitting you, continuously. There are several other examples of God in nature, go ahead and try think of one (Hint: Matter).

 

doubt“I Believe”

 

It is not complex to understand or define the term God. Truth can always be explained in a simple manner. What is God? It is either you know or do not know. “I believe in God”, is an oxymoron. There’s nothing to believe, belief is avidya. You either know, or you don’t. What is there to believe? Believe is that which people claim when they don’t know. What is belief?

Truth always makes sense. Always aspire to understand the logic behind anything. When one simply memories and regurgitates, he or she falls into avidya. Memorizing only feeds the ego. It boosts the ego to the point where the self is almost unknown, hidden and long forgotten.

 

Ego

 

What is the ego? The ego is the mask one puts on, when the self interfaces with the other in the marketplace (Economic Realm). The ego is what you are perceived as by the other, it is the mask you have on through which you are perceived. The Japanese Zen masters have a saying:

“You have three faces. The first face, you show to the world. The second face, you show to your close friends, and your family. The third face, you never show anyone. It is the truest reflection of who you are”

This is a vidya, because you and I both know this is true. We are all here to decipher the riddles of life, whenever we receive somebody else’s claim the first thing we have to do is get them to prove the claim. If it is proven to be true, then go ahead and accept the claim. Accepting it or rejecting it is your right. You’ll decide what you wish to do with the claim. If the claim cannot be proven it is probably not true. It has nothing to do with belief. Believe is only used by those who do not know. If you know there’s nothing to believe. One can only know if it is known to be true, in which case it has already been proven beyond a reasonable doubt. Can you walk? Or do you believe you can walk? Can you blink your eyes? Or do you have to believe in order for you to be able to blink your eyes? Can you move your hand and your fingers? Does believe have anything to do with it? It might’ve taken some practice to get you to a point when you have mastered the ability to do certain things (walking, blinking, etc.), and once you’re there you either know or you don’t. There is no need for any belief in your abilities to do anything. If you wish to believe, logically speaking, you only need to believe in your-self. Believe that you will be able to figure things out on your own. There is no need to believe a claim by an other. All claims are either true or false. All claims can either be proven or dis-proven. Believe is irrelevant. Belief begets ego.

Once you come across a claim, you then determine if it’s true or false. Only you can determine if a statement is true or false. No one has the right to tell you what to decide. You have the right to outsource this right of judgment, but history proves that those who delegate this right to the “superior man” have been repeatedly lied to, manipulated and plundered into poverty. Even the claims I am making in this treatise, although backed by observation, should be approached with caution. Take everything with a pinch of salt. Do not believe anyone, but yourself.

 

What is education?

 

Only the seeker shall discover. Why is a teen so rebellious? Because, the teen is fighting a battle between him/her self and the other. The information it receives from the other is usually flawed and is contradictory to the self. The self realizes this. A child is yet to put on the mask, a child is a pure being, unlike an adult who has learned to become manipulative simply by exposure to hierarchic societies. The teen is rebellious because he/she is in the transition phase. The monopoly on education has this effect, and I’m about to prove it.

If you observe children, aged 4 to 11, they are usually very happy and energetic. If you ask a child in this age group what field of study (for the sake of this argument let us limit the fields to three basic fields: Arts Based, Logic Based & Humanities) they would prefer to pursue in the future, the response would usually be Arts or sometimes Logic Based fields (Science/Mathematics etc.). Since logic based fields may only be pursued by those who are able to perceive and then be able to prove what was perceived via investigative methods, most individuals default to Arts. Art is born out of creativity, which is only birthed when one has time. Time is a luxury. Arts are a luxury of life. This is also why appreciating art is usually associated with wealth. Almost never does a child, not exposed to Statist propaganda (Newspapers, News, TV Shows, Movies, Video Games, Statist Books etc.), ever pick Humanities (Statist “economics”, Political Science, Statist “History” etc.). This usually changes after 12.

Ask a child from 12 to around 17 what they wish to pursue, the response might shock you year after year. Were you artistic as a child? Are you still, as an adult? Arts are not the most popular fields of study. From about 12 to 17 children undergo tremendous changes, because of societal pressures usually from school. Observe any 17 year old; he/she is usually not happy and energetic like he/she used to be as a child. What happened? The end result of forced integration into Statism is an individual who has been robbed of his/her dignity who now has to either fit in or be an outcast.

Parents send their kids to school because they “believe” that school will impart “knowledge” upon them. This claim is yet to be proven. In fact, judging by the quality of education provided these days and graduate unemployment rates, I would dare say this claim has dis-proven itself. Going to a school/college/university has nothing to do with obtaining knowledge, this is the sad truth. Going to school introduces the child to a teacher, a lecturer, a professor etc. but not a Guru. A Guru is one who imparts knowledge (vidya), knowledge that leads to the realization of the self. Too many teachers, lecturers, professors etc. share information that does nothing more than feed the ego. It appears the more titles one has attached to ones name (PhD, ScD, MA, MSc, BA, BSc etc.), the bigger the ego. The bigger the ego, the further away from the self one is. Even the man/woman with multiple titles is aware of this truth deep down, he/she feels empty despite being celebrated by society as being learned. He/she may not admit it, but they know it.

 

Knowledge is Power?

 

As the old adage goes, knowledge is power. If collectives (schools/colleges/universities) claim to be institutions of knowledge, then they are also claiming to be institutions of power. They are the ones with the power to endow you with knowledge. This merely translates to the following:

“We are superior than you, because we know something that you don’t know and you have to come to us to learn what we know. You also have to send your kids to us, you don’t need to worry about teaching your kids; we will handle that for you”.

This is the manifesto of all mandatory collective institutions claiming to be institutions of knowledge. This is contradictory to human nature. Every individual owns himself. Every individual has the right to decide for himself. Every individual has the right to reject false and/or unproven claims. All these claims, by these institutions of knowledge, send out only one message; that we should send our kids to them out of obligation. They are the reason we are “knowledgeable”, whom else would we send our kids to?

Never do anything out of obligation, only do something because you want to. When you think you have to do something, you will do it expecting some kind of recognition. Someone else may not think exactly the way you do, in fact most people don’t, and when you do something expecting it to be appreciated you are only doing it because you would like to be appreciated not because you want to do it. And just because you wish to be appreciated does not necessarily mean that the other person is going to appreciate you for doing whatever it is you just did. Parents expect kids to respect them for sending them to schools to “gain knowledge”, while kids hate parents for sending them to school and wasting their time. Never do anything out of obligation.

Every single individual’s perspective is different. We are all living in our own minds (the psychic body, the body of ideas); most of which is filled with avidya (false information). The misunderstanding of this fundamental truth is what leads to all sins (anger, jealousy, greed, hatred etc.). The good news is you now know the secret to make a sin disappear, just be aware of it.

Be conscious of your thoughts and actions. Breathe. Awareness only happens with knowledge, when you’re conscious of your being; of your existence. Life begins with a path to the self, a path to acquiring knowledge to realize the self. Regardless of whether you perceive this truth, it remains. If you think someone else is going to teach you anything of more relevance than the self itself then you may wish to rethink your approach to life. Do or don’t, the choice is always yours.

 

Know thyself

 

In today’s society, with the interference of the State (Political Realm) in almost all aspects of the marketplace (Economic Realm), there is a slim chance that a child may not even meet its mom. In today’s society the dad is almost an irrelevant figure in one’s life, merely viewed as a money machine if that. In today’s society’s finding a Guru is almost impossible. Where does one find a Guru? All one needs is one Guru. A Guru is one who imparts knowledge of the self, with the guidance of a Guru comes the understanding of God/Divine/Self. One Guru will lead you to the self. Once you realize the self, you are in-tuned with the divine. The realization that God is the self, that the self is a creation of the divine awakens inside you. There is no longer a need for the seeking of approval of an-other to merely boost your ego. The ego no longer exists. You are thyself and with the realization of thyself the ego disappears, they are mutually exclusive. All that is sin, which the ego is, disappears with awareness. This is the truth of life, discovered and shared thousands of years ago. Knowing thyself is not the end, it is but the beginning. Once you are able to answer the question, “who am I?”, you can rest assured that you have acquired the skill-set to continue decrypting life’s riddles on your own accord. When you do, continue adding your discoveries to the body of ideas. Knowledge can continually be amassed, for all eternity.

If you are still reading, especially if after much needed pauses, you may be a true seeker of knowledge. If so, what field of study would you pursue if you could? You don’t know? We all don’t know. It all boils down to incentive. Life has its own way of being discovered, let it happen. I shall close with this beautiful quote from Gautama Buddha, “Those who have failed to work toward the truth have missed the purpose of living.”

Be true to yourself.