One should be Religious but not a Hypocrite
(Vinod Anand)
Unlearning or de-conditioning is how J Krishnamurti defined his initiation on the path of spirituality in the true sense. As much of our learning is the result of our conditioning which has already taken us away froth our true Self, this is what most of us need to do.

This calls for deep thinking to avoid colossal waste of time and energy in first learning and then unlearning what has been learnt.

As the source of much of our spiritual learning is our scriptures which are authentic, special attentions therefore has to be paid to the process of its assimilation and its application in our daily life.

In the past, in the imparting of knowledge orally through guru parampara, attempt had been made to avoid distortion or contamination to some extent.

But even this could not have been foolproof. For there is already a great deal that comes in the way of your receiving ‘it’ as it is because of your past impressions, biases and prejudices. These can be overcome to some extent by trying to free the mind from any ‘carried forward’ burden and effecting total awareness all through the process of acquiring knowledge.

Deep contemplation is one way. Here’s a story to illustrate this: Yudhishthira has taken an unduly longer time than his brothers to learn the simple lesson: “Control your anger” and rightly so.

Not to learn it only by rote is true learning. Even mantras received orally have to be contemplated on or else these will also be of not much use.

We have it in Sri Ram Gita that Ravana had the knowledge of 64 vidyas in comparison to that of Sri Rama’s 32 but had to be killed by the latter for not having used his knowledge edge for his own and for society’s welfare.

The improper application of unassimilated knowledge instead of being advantageous can be very harmful for the individual as also for society’s growth. The incomplete individual is not an asset but a danger to society. Shakespeare gave us the message, “Ripeness is all.”

And ripeness comes with deep contemplation of acquired knowledge and its judicious application in life’s varied situations. This brings us to the creative level wherein by our creativity we can contribute to common welfare.

As against this we have people who are ever at the level of subsistence in making a show of their wealth by flaunting their wine bottles or jewels they wear.

As it is with these persons so it is with those who have plenty of unassimilated knowledge. What is the use of their JJ’ knowing that they are not the body but the soul if in real life they do not act basing their actions on this very knowledge?

Ravana, we are told, had all the knowledge a person could possibly think of and yet his attempt to make golden palace for Shiva had made the latter say: ‘Even while at Kailash, Ravana has not understood its essence.’

As desire for recognition, like that of sleep and food, is innate in a person, hypocrisy is likely to be his characteristic feature.

And in a decadent society constituted of hypocrites we have people of little pith and substance.

We have them doing things which they do not mean — loving and yet not loving, observing rituals but without attaching any of their ‘bhav’ or emotions to them. ..It is the kind of society Krishna revealed to the Pandava brothers by creating before them the vision of vultures that had Vedic injunctions carved on their feathers.

Author's Bio: 

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Born in 1939, and holding Master’s Degree both in Mathematics (1959) and Economics (1961), and Doctorate Degree in Economics (1970), Dr. Vinod K.Anand has about forty five years of teaching, research, and project work experience in Economic Theory (both micro and macro), Quantitative Economics, Public Economics, New Political Economy, and Development Economics with a special focus on economic and social provisions revolving around poverty, inequality, and unemployment issues, and also on informal sector studies. His last assignment was at the National University of Lesotho (Southern Africa) from 2006 to 2008. Prior to that he was placed as Professor and Head of the Department of Economics at the University of North-West in the Republic of South Africa, and University of Allahabad in India, Professor at the National University of Lesotho, Associate Professor at the University of Botswana, Gaborone in Botswana, and at Gezira University in Wad Medani, Sudan, Head, Department of Arts and Social Sciences, Yola in Nigeria, Principal Lecturer in Economics at Maiduguri University in Nigeria, and as Lecturer at the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria in Nigeria. Professor Anand has by now published more than 80 research papers in standard academic journals, authored 11 books, supervised a number of doctoral theses, was examiner for more than twenty Ph.D. theses, and has wide consultancy experience both in India and abroad, essentially in the African continent. This includes holding the position of Primary Researcher, Principal Consultant etc. in a number of Research Projects sponsored and funded by Universities, Governments, and International Bodies like, USAID, IDRC, and AERC. His publications include a variety of themes revolving around Economic Theory, New Political Economy, Quantitative Economics, Development Economics, and Informal Sector Studies. His consultancy assignments in India, Nigeria, Sudan, Botswana, and the Republic of South Africa include Non-Directory Enterprises in Allahabad, India, Small Scale Enterprises in the Northern States of Nigeria, The Absolute Poverty Line in Sudan, The Small Scale Enterprises in Wad Medani, Sudan, Micro and Small Scale Enterprises in Botswana, The Place of Non-Formal Micro-Enterprises in Botswana, Resettlement of a Squatter Community in the Vryburg District of North West Province in the Republic of South Africa, Trade and Investment Development Programme for Small, Medium and Micro Enterprises: Support for NTSIKA in the Republic of South Africa, and Development of the Manufacturing Sector in the Republic of South Africa’s North West Province: An Approach Based on Firm Level Surveys. Professor Anand has also extensively participated in a number of conferences, offered many seminars, participated in a number of workshops, and delivered a variety of Refresher Lectures at different venues both in India and abroad. Dr. Anand was placed at the prestigious Indian Institute of Advanced Study (IIAS), Shimla in the State Himachal Pradesh, India as a Fellow from 2001 to 2003, and had completed a theoretical and qualitative research project/monograph on the Employment Profile of Micro Enterprises in the State of Himachal Pradseh, India.