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What Do We Know?

What do we know?

Do not try to know the truth, for knowledge by the mind is not true knowledge. But you can know what is not true — which is enough to liberate you from the false. The idea that you know what is true is dangerous, for it keeps you imprisoned in the mind. It is when you do not know, that you are free to investigate. And there can be no salvation without investigation, because non-investigation is the main cause of bondage.

– Nisargadatta Maharaj –

What do we know? No matter what we claim to know, if we take a closer look, we will end up with not knowing. We can easily put this to a test. Try saying something that is the objective truth. Not the relative truth, not your personal truth, but the objective truth. Eventually we will come to the conclusion that we do not really know that much after all.

“I am a man.” This is partially true in that I am moving around in the body of what we have defined as that of a man. What is man? Is it physique? If so – what is physique? If we continue asking like this, we will end up with not knowing.

What am I referring to saying “I know.”? Who has this need to present knowledge, and why this need? What do I actually know besides that which I have been told and that which I have read? We have a whole lot of terms describing something, defining something, referring to something, with something already existing. Whatever we say, it is merely an attempt at reaching what is. What is closer to truth? The description or that which is being described?

“I think. I assume. I believe.” If we would pay more attention to the personal pronoun, for how long would we keep on investing in our opinions, our belief system, our assumptions? All of them referring to that which is only partially true. How to value them, besides functioning as temporary guidelines?

“I will try to get up from my chair.” Either I get up, or I remain seated. That is all.

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