A mistake committed by Socrates

All the religions of the world talk about the self realization as the supreme realization. Knowing this self is understood to be the highest form of understanding. The Self or the Atma is considered as the only thing worth knowing. Almost all the religions of the world focus on one’s self.

Socrates has been heard to say, “Know Thyself” That is, know your self. Understand what it actually is. Socrates was determined to know the things. For him or any other religions, instead of¬†believing, knowing is the key.

The Zen people or even Gautam Buddha goes one step ahead of Socrates. These two ways believe that there is nothing to know, or in other words, when you know, there remains noting. Socrates said “Know Thyself” But Zen people say, when you know, there are no you, there is no your self. There remains nothing, only knowing remains.

If Socrates were in India, or even Asia, probably he would have been one of the greatest enlightened persons on the earth.

Published by Mandar Karanjkar

Mandar Karanjkar is author, motivational speaker and consultant based in Pune. Mandar works with handful of organizations helping them with strategy, communication and culture. Mandar is trained in Indian Classical Music over a decade. He is a classical singer and flute player. Mandar has written columns for many reputed newspapers. Engineer by profession, he conducts workshops and delivers talks on subjects as wide as strategy, innovation, online marketing, spirituality, Kabir, Zen etc. Mandar is a published author.

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