Mother Nature works under varieties of Laws,
Which, we humans are constrained to follow,
If not in sync with Nature’s Rules,
Thence we have to face the music,
For its transgression,
No excuse of IGNORANCE can come to our rescue for our actions!
Ignorance of the rules of Laws of the Land,
If we break with impunity at our command,
Doubtlessly can land us in trouble,
And we’ve to be ready to pay a heavy price,
Here again, ignorance of Laws holds no defence,
No escape route accepted of not knowing rules,
Sundry excuses give no solace in execution of justice.
O our benevolent Creator,
We beg for your succour,
Help eradicate the darkness of ignorance from our midst,
With Your LIGHT – powerful the most,
So that we learn to respect Nature’s Laws,
And the Laws of the Land in which we live.
WHAT IS IGNORANCE AND HOW BEST TO REMOVE THIS SCOURGE?
BIBLE: Then said Jesus about IGNORANCE to all those present : Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. ..
Qur’an says “turn away from the ignorant.”
The ignorant work for their own profit, the wise work for the welfare of the world, without thought for themselves. BHAGWAD GITA
LACK OF INFORMATION / KNOWLEDGE (GYAN)
Ignorance is defined as want of information or lack of knowledge about a subject matter or a state of badly informed. This lack of information may be due to our own lack of effort or somebody may not have apprised conveyed the relevant information. For example in an organization, when due to some miscommunication, we remain oblivious / unaware about important information which otherwise have huge implications on the future of the organization, this ignorance although unintentional could spell doom for further growth of that organization. On its face value, although this sort of ignorance may seem innocuous yet the consequence which it entails is enormous. This intentional or unintentional keeping somebody in dark (ignorance) is due to somebody else. But we cannot always place our ignorance at others’ doorsteps – if due care and caution are exercised then we can always remain well-informed.
In our day to day discourse or interaction, we come across people who intentionally feign ignorance about a subject matter even though they are well aware. We’ve to remain cautious about such people.
NEW KNOWLEDGE REVOLUTION DUE TO NET COVERAGE
We marvel at the state of present-age knowledge revolution which is making round around the world today. With the click of a button, we can enlighten / educate ourselves on the variety of subjects in comparison with what we used to have in not so distant past. How best we can use this knowledge revolution and remove our ignorance depends on an individual’s initiative and drive.
SHORTCUTS EVEN FOR CONNECTIVITY WITH OUR CREATOR!
It has been observed that in our zeal to have easy connectivity with our God, we adopt some frivolous methods like wholesome offerings at the Altar or to the priest, chant our prayers just mechanically where there is disconnect between head and heart. This shows our utter ignorance that our Creator being Omniscient and Omnipotent wants nothing but our sincere love to answer our prayers.
SELF DESTRUCTIVE IGNORANCE
We resort to all negative tendencies like smoking, drinking, greed for worldly possessions etc, thereby losing our true identity and adopting brute-like behavior without thinking about the disastrous long term implications. Also, in order to be rich overnight, we resort to gambling. All must have seen the pitiable plight of those who gamble away their everything including their dwellings which offer shelter to them! We all know the state of Pandavas (in Mahabharta) when they lost their everything, one after another including their lovely wife (Dropti) in gambling to deceptive Shakuni. Not that we are ignorant of the consequences of our ill-conceived Karma, but still we do it. All this could be termed as SELF DESTRUCTIVE IGNORANCE.
RITUALS WITH DISASTROUS IMPLICATIONS
Then there are old beliefs, we continue following even ignoring about their consequences. There are beliefs in some communities there are rampant practice of throwing / dropping the babies from a height (in Maharashtra, India), ritual of running of bulls (in Spain and Africa), ritual killing (though banned now but being practiced in some parts of the world) etc. Ritualistic traditions, which on the face of all, seem bizarre yet these are prevalent. These traditional practices are followed, not that we are not knowing about their consequences – a height of ignorance indeed and funny side of it all is that these are repeated despite their ill-effects!
THE PATH OF KNOWLEDGE DESTROYS IGNORANCE
In Bhagwat Gita it has rightly been said: As the heat of a fire reduces wood to ashes, the fire of knowledge burns to ashes all karma. Including, of course our ignorance.
The Path of Knowledge can enlighten and dissipate darkness of ignorance.
We are aware that knowledge enhances our intellect besides enlightening and removing our ignorance. Age limit is no limiting factor for acquiring knowledge. Training of senses (hearing, seeing, touching, tasting and smell) is the main thrust of an individual. At every step of life, there is learning experience. We can take assimilate or not depends on our own free will – just negating what is not appropriate. Discarding what is immoralistic, unethical and contrary to Natural and Native Laws. During our life’s twists and turns, when we come across any negatively oriented phenomenon or an event where our honour is at stake, we can pull our steps back thinking that what adds to our negative Karma should be shunned out-rightly. Thus what we want to acquire and what not depends partly on our freewill and partly the situation in which we are placed. Not this – not this (Niti – niti) should be the true philosophy.
EXTERNAL SHOW AND IGNORANCE
It should never be forgotten; we should not be deceived by Maya of what shines outwardly, like worldly possessions or mesmerized by external attractiveness by somebody or something being impermanent, can lead us astray. It should be kept in mind that knowledge which is positive and leaves a permanent imprint on us is eternal in nature, and could stand any test of ‘time’ thrown on us. Positive approach is a way forward for positive know-how to remove the ignorance from our midst.
Jnana yoga is termed as the yoga of knowledge where our efforts in getting self awareness and equip ourself with ways and means to know about how to connect with our Creator besides the knowhow about our Soul (Atman). Here too we’ve to know what is eternal and what is temporary. Leaving the momentary pleasure giving and taking in real ones. The sweetness of our relation with our Creator is realized when we remove all the slush from our midst, offer our prayers with utmost sincerity; but taking into account that duality is deceptive (in this snake and rope – both seem similar) while we’re pursuing the idea of removing the scourge of IGNORANCE.
IGNORANCE AND OUR SENSES
Wherever the mind wanders, restless and diffuse in its search for satisfaction without, lead it within; train it to rest in the Self. Bgagwad Gita
Our senses are the via-media to develop our mind, intellect and body. Positive approach besides positive actions pave the way, we can ascertain what is real and what is unreal for us besides knowing our limitations of our body and mind besides our eternal soul. Not knowing the eternal nature of our soul, we continually remain living in delusion. By knowing the permanency of our soul (bring pure, perfect and free); which neither dies nor ever born. After having known the truth, we can easily live with the idea of; as you can think so we become. It can better be said, knowing the true nature of our soul, we can attain what we want and remove the INTRINSIC IGNORANCE FROM OUR MIDST.
From the above, we can conclude that ignorance is a dark spot in our life and we should make concerted efforts for removing the same for enlightenment and living a balanced and purposeful life.