On some deep level of your being you long for new knowledge.  New knowledge fascinates, enlivens, and thrills us all.  However, there is one huge obstacle to gaining knowledge that requires attention.  That is, namely, your current world view.

On the one hand, your current world view is essential to your life.  It is through your world view that you evaluate anything and everything.  It is the rudder with which you navigate the waters of life.  It is the net result of all the life experiences that you have had.  It, in a sense, defines you.

On the other hand, your current world view is what limits you.  It is only natural to fear and doubt that which challenges your current world view.  It is much easier to embrace new knowledge if it reinforces and conforms to your world view. Otherwise, new knowledge can feel threatening.

This is particularly true when a whole new body of knowledge is introduced all at once… especially if the conclusion of that arena of knowledge is radically foreign to you.  Perhaps if it was offered in a step-by-step logical sequence, instead of all at once, it could be understood and digested gradually with the logical conclusions then received with enthusiasm and fascination.

Sometimes I take a step back and look at the knowledge I have gained over the years.  I realize how much my world view has changed since I was a teenager.  If I were introduced to what I know now all at once then, conclusions and all, I would have rejected it immediately.  I would likely not have even been willing to start with step one to follow the logical sequences that led me to where I am now.

That lack of willingness is epidemic, not only for individuals, but even more so for societies.  New knowledge progresses slowly and is more often rejected than considered.  I do understand that when a person who has never considered Vedic knowledge sees, for example, a statue of Hanuman, the experience can cause them to not want to consider step one of the understanding.  I also understand that when a person was raised with an understanding of Vedic knowledge, looking deeper into a new perspective may be viewed as incorrect or unnecessary.  In either case, knowledge is lost, discarded, set aside.

Every individual would do well to consider where they are with all of this… how they live their life… what their relationship with new knowledge is.  How frozen are you into your current world view?  How open are you to new knowledge?  In this world where we are bombarded with so many different world views, how do you go about discerning what to consider and what to ignore?  There is no cookbook of how to go about this.  However, for sure, the answer lies within you.

It is up to you to take an honest look within.

the knowledge challenge

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