A few months ago, one of the junior engineers at my office expressed his difficulty in understanding a technical concept. The topic in question was very much part of the technology I work on, so I volunteered to explain. After a brief exchange of ideas, and explanation, I smiled and said, “this is what I understand of this subject as of today. After a few years, if you ask me about the same, I may give a different answer.”
The boy gave a smile broader than mine. He was probably a bit surprised with that ending note of mine. I, however, frankly feel that is undoubtedly the best of all my answers during the course of that discussion – it is because what we know at this moment may not be what it completely is.
‘Knowledge’ is one of those rare and beautiful creations of the Supreme that is, at the same time, infinite and deep – in that sense, it is continuous; and it has also maintained the continuity of human life giving it the impetus. Man has always wanted to know, know more and more and more. If those who came to this world before us had concluded what they knew was final, we wouldn’t be where we are today.
But practically, how to know more and more? Well, the solution is very simple – One just needs to understand that what one knows is not what it ONLY is. The key is to remain “open” to this subtle fact.