IGNORANCE IS NOT BLISS

IGNORANCE IS NOT BLISS

Article : “Ignorance is bliss!”, I have
heard this so many times
and often wondered about it.
Years after having embarked on
my personal journey of the inner
Self, i now understand that
“Innocence is bliss”. Though
there appears to be very little difference between what these two words
convey, it is important to remember
that the two are not synonymous,
and the difference needs to be
understood well.
The word ignorance means a lack
of knowledge. Innocence denotes a
natural, pure state of being.
So we can have an innocent person who is knowledgeable, and we
can have an ignorant man who is
not even innocent. That is how
large the little difference can grow.
When we speak of a new born child
being the form of God himself, we
aren’t really commenting on his
worldly ignorance, but admiring his
innocence that clearly exhibits
itself, as a remarkable self contentedness.
In India, it is said, God Krishna
was knowledgeable about the whole
universe, even as a child. He is
reported to have once grinned at his
mom, showing her the entire universe in his mouth, when being
checked for eating stolen cookies…!
But such absolute knowledge as
the symbolism of the universe within, conveyed did not divest him ,or
his mother of his childish pranksthis, is innocence, this is bliss.
Similarly, one of Lord Shiva’s
ephitets, is Bhola, ‘the innocent
one’.
The lord, being the creator of all,
is innocent of his surroundings , not
ignorant of them.
What does this mean? It conveys
that though Shiva the yogi is well
aware of his surroundings, He does
not let them affect His pristine
essence. So too, a modern yogi need
not close his eyes to the corruptions
of the world, instead he should not
let them corrupt his link with his
essential Self.
In fact, no religion asks us to
hide from tyranny or accept injustice with an ostrich attitude.
We are not here to absolve ourselves of our responsibility in the
manifest world, under the garb of
being ascetic .
In india, there is even a term for
such like yogi ism, “bagula bhagat”,
the sham !
And when we deceive the world
thus, we do remain in self deceit.
So, when all beings are made of
the same life force, what really sets
apart a power maddened man – on
the one hand and the caring, compassionate, effective, enlightened
soul on the other?
The difference of unfoldment of
his Divinity.
Meditate upon this!
SHAIL GULHATI
is a Jammu based author