Namaskaar. Part 3 of the 4-Part series titled “Vedanta is a Means of Knowledge” by Ted Schmidt. Another very nice and logical explanation of uncovering the Self through self-knowledge.
The Relationship between Knowledge and Experience
The foremost illegitimate belief in the spiritual world is that self-knowledge is intellectual while enlightenment is experiential. In non-dual reality, knowledge and experience are one. Both knowledge and experience take place in awareness and are, in fact, nothing other than awareness. For instance, my knowledge of a tree and my experience of a tree are one. Seeing or otherwise sensing—i.e., experiencing—an object makes that object known to me.
Nevertheless there abounds throughout the spiritual world the erroneous belief that scripture is simply for conceptual or intellectual understanding while yogas (spiritual practices) and various samadhis (transcendental states/non-dual epiphanies) are what produce and constitute self-realization. In this regard, the great irony is that the vast majority of seekers fail to understand the cognitive implication of the term self-realization. Continue reading