-- What it is
APRAVIDYA (OR KNOWLEDGE OF THE WORLD): ITS VALUE
The scriptures are indeed wonderful
and precious records of the personal experiences of the great souls in
their quest for Reality; and, as such are worthy of respect and adoration.
The study of the scriptures has its own value. To a certain extent, these
books awaken in us a desire for knowledge of God. By reading them, we too
are moved to experiment in the science of life, to seek out some living
Master competent to initiate us into the preliminaries of this science,
for such a one can help and guide us on the spiritual Path from plane to
plane. But beyond this, the scriptures cannot help.
The real help comes from a living Master alone, who makes us repeat the experiment of old. For our satisfaction, he refers us to recorded results and conclusions for a general check-up with our own. Again, it is the living Master who can correctly interpret to us the ancient texts, and impart to us the right import. Linked as he is with the Powerhouse or Reality, his utterances are those of God Himself, no matter if the words may appear to be coming out of a human mouth.
"His words are the words of Allah (God), though seemingly these come fromGuru Nanak explained: "O Lalo, I open my mouth just to utter words that come to me from my Beloved (God)." Such words of Divine Wisdom, coming directly from God-men are more precious than the most wonderful thoughts recorded in the holy books. All these have no other value except that of creating in us a desire to know God, but cannot actually help us to introvert, to tap within, to withdraw and recede back and be linked with Word, Naam or Kalma. "But, unfortunately, the people of the world get entangled in the books, wholly and solely depend upon them as their mainstay in life, without attempting to do what the books say: 'Get attuned with God.' Without this attunement, one gets entangled in the world, tied to the scriptures, and one finds no bliss. The Srutis and Puranas all speak of the Way. But instead of freedom, one sinks deeper in the morass." -(Ramayana by Tulsi Das )
Abdullah (the Servant of God)."
"He studies the sacred texts for the sake of disputations,There is a vital difference between man and scriptures. The former is a sentient being, endowed with consciousness and reason, and is aware of the same; while the latter are insentient and do not know that they are inert and lifeless and cannot impart correct knowledge without a true interpreter. How can the sacred books speak to, reason with, and try to convince, a living entity. With his book knowledge and learning every person feels that he knows Reality, little realising that the Infinite cannot be comprehended by finite means. Its power can be felt by the spirit alone, if properly attuned and adjusted under the guidance and instruction of some living Master-soul.
without knowing the Reality.
And Reality cannot be known but through a Master-soul
who gives the true Way to the True One." -- Maru M.1
"Consign all thy books to the flames, and by constant remembrance of the Lord, transform thy mind into a veritable garden of Allah (God)."The Vedas and Upanishads tell that Atma Silhi, or Self-realisation, cannot be attained by the study of, or listening to, the scriptures, as Self ties far beyond the scope of both the mind and the intellect. It can be achieved by intuition, an integral experience of the soul, through the grace of some Master-soul.
"Why do ye bother with so many books, for these are a source of headache;Hafiz, a well known Persian poet, goes to the extent of saying that so long as a person does not leave off intellectual wrangling, he remains ignorant of the Reality. Man must take note of one thing - that he must transcend himself if he wants to escape from all limitations and shortcomings.
Learn ye the mystery of the Centre, and leave off the vicious circle
of endless and idle talk." - Bulleh Shah
"One may read carloads of books and carry a heavy load on his head;
All such studies forge but strong fetters and keep one bound therein.
One may read endlessly from year to year, and from month to month,
nay, every moment of his life;
0 Nanak! only one thing counts, and all thee rest
but make one self conceited." - Asa War M.1
"The study of the scriptures, including the Vedas, far from freeing the mind
of shackles, makes one all the more egocentric." - Sorath M.5
"Knowledge may adorn a spiritual adept,In Brihadaraniak Upanishad it is mentioned that an unlettered person is steeped in dark ignorance and a learned one is in still greater darkness. Why? Because a man of great learning can hardly know the glory and greatness of the saints and their saintly teachings.
But it is a headache for the carnal mind." - Maulana Rumi
"By repeating the word sugar, one tastes not the sweetness of sugar,
By repeating the word fire, one is not rid ot the cold,
By repeating the word physician, one is not cured of the malady,
By repeating the word suffering, one never escapes therefrom,
By repeating the word sandalwood, one never enjoys its fragrance,
By repeating the word moon, one never gets its soothing light,
By repeating the word jnana, one never gets out of ignorance,
It is only the actual practice that brings in Heaven's light," - Kabit Sawai 452