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Where there is Knowledge there is Happiness

Dr. Minati Mishra

From the very ancient period, our great seers have been trying to find out the ways by which one can realize the ultimate aims of life. They all agree on the point that lack of true knowledge is the cause of all miseries. Everybody in the world wants to get happiness. But desires cannot lead one to true happiness because the more our desires are fulfilled, the more we desire. So desires cannot give us true happiness and acquiring true knowledge should be our ultimate aim.

In the Upanishads, worldly knowledge is known as apara vidya or avidya (ignorance). But the knowledge of Brahman or Atman, by knowing which one becomes Brahman, the only reality is para vidya (supreme knowledge). Many seers have experienced this state of awareness by which they were able to visualize the one, limitless Brahman everywhere in the manifest world which is the self, the perceiver of everything.
The absolute, the all pervasive consciousness is termed as Atman from the individual point of view and Brahman from the cosmic standpoint. This all pervasive self supports the entire universe as the inner and outer basis of all.
This self cannot be expressed by speech, cognized by the five sense organs, and mind which are the instruments of all worldly knowledge because these sense organs are themselves powered by the self and cannot function without it.
These limited knowers are incapable of knowing the unlimited self. Like this, the finite things of the world are unable to give us the infinite happiness.
The desires of accumulation of wealth will not be able to fulfill the ultimate wealth that can give unending happiness.

Running after the path of pleasure (preyas) does not help anybody to get the endless peace (sreyas).

Like the water in the lotus leaf, life is very unstable. Wealth and youth cannot stand against time and will not be able to save anybody from the misery of death. So everybody should think that they have to reach the ultimate goal of life by attaining which there is nothing more to be attained.
Yam Labdhva Na param labhah – Upanishad.