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|| 3 | THE NEED FOR INTEGRAL KNOWLEDGE ||
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|| 3.01 | THE INWARD URGE ||
The world , as it appears , is found to be lacking in reality , and so , is unreal . Hence the need for the higher Light .
" What is That by knowing which this everything
becomes known ? " ( Mund . Up . 1 . 1 . 3 ) .
" By which the Unheard becomes heard , the Unthought becomes thought , the Ununderstood becomes understood . " ( Chh . Up . VI . 1 . 3 ) .
The knowledge of everything through the knowledge of One Thing implies that everything is made up of that One Thing .
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That the misconception of things being really made of differing natures has to be set aright is pointed out by the disgust that arises in clinging to the notion of the multiple permanence of beings and a passion for catching completely whatever that must exist .
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The growth of intelligence tends towards urging the individual to grasp the totality of existence at a stroke .
This constructive impulse is inherent and is vigorously active both in the instinctive mind and the scientific intellect .
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The individual is a consciousness-centre characterised by the imperfections of limitation , birth , growth , change , decay and death .
Thought is objectified consciousness . The greater the objectification , the denser is the ignorance and the acuter are the pains suffered .
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Truth does not shine as Truth , owing to the inner instruments , the clogging psychological modifications .
The crossing the barrier of these limiting adjuncts seems to lead one to a vaster reality , greater freedom and fuller life .
There is a common desire-impulse in every being to exist for ever , to know all things , to domineer over everything , and to enjoy the highest happiness .
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The statement of the Upanishads that the cognition of manifoldness is the path leading to self-destruction is adorned by the supreme exhortation that the perception of Unity leads to the exalted state of Immortality .
Every form of cogitation in spite of individualistic cravings that may try to obstruct it , flows , being impelled by an imperceptible power that moves towards the recognition of the indivisibility of existence , and a finding of oneself in the centre of its experience .
The aspiration of every living being is to find rest in the blissful possession of eternal life , and nothing short of it .
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The sorrow of phenomenal life is rooted in the clinging to relational living fed by the wrong notion that manifoldness is the truth .
The joy of the immensity of everlasting life is partaken of by cutting the root of the tree of individual life with the axe of integrated wisdom .
The march of the soul is from the false to the true , from the apparent to the real , from the shadow to the light , from the perishable to the ever-enduring .
" From the unreal lead me to the Real , from darkness lead me to Light , from death lead me to Immortality . "
( Brih . Up . 1 . 3 . 28 ) .
Everyone is marked by the general character of the struggle to become infinitely perfect .
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This Infinite Being is the highest Truth .
This is the Goal of the life of all .
The Upanishads stress in a hundred ways upon the need for this integral knowledge of Reality . There is nothing greater than or equal to the knowledge of the Atman . Atmalabhat na param vidyate .
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" This Atman , which is free from evil , undecaying , deathless , sorrowless , hungerless , thirstless , whose desire is Truth , whose will is Truth — that should be searched after , That should be known . One obtains all worlds and all desires who has realised That Atman . "
( Chh . Up . VIII . 7 . 1 ) .
" Know That , the Brahman . " ( Tait . Up . III . 1 ) .
" For the sake of the knowledge of That , one should go , fuel in hand , to a spiritual preceptor alone , who is learned in the scriptures and established in Brahman . "
( Mund . Up . 1 . 2 . 12 ) .
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