Anaadi and imperishable nature of knowledge

Anaadi (without beginning) and imperishable nature of knowledge

With reference to a daily faith column in The Hindu, C V Subbaraman, Mysuru observed:
"It is very interesting. If one were to seek Moksha, how can he know the goal without any education - knowledge? So before seeking Moksha, one should seek knowledge that enlightens him or her to a state where he gets convinced that seeking knowledge beyond a point is useless.

Anagha is name of Arjuna. Nay, it is also the name of Vishnu - it occurs in the Vishnu Sahasranaama: Anagho vijayo jetaa........and again in Amurtih anagho achintyo......

 Even during the avataars of the God, they had their studenthood in quest of knowledge. Rama was student of Vasishta Rishi, Krishna of Sandeepani Rishi. A person without knowledge is compared to a "pashu" or animal.

Let us not wind up our schools, paatasaalaas and universities, but teach the students on what to seek and why and how much!

This took my thoughts to the "Anaadi" (without beginning) nature of knowledge. Shankaracharya said, Guru removes ignorance...Gyan is already there, only "agyan" is removed.
Back to Sahasranaama which forms part of Mahabharatham. The existence of Sahasranamam or the "generic equivalent" is presumed by Yudhishtira when he approaches Bhishma with the request to reveal the "japa" which, if recited will give "Mukthi" from all bondages (janmasamsaarabandhanaat)
Even before commencing recital of Sahasranaama, Bhishma mentions about praising the Lord with thousand names (Stuvannaamasahasrena) from which it's clear that he was just repeating those 1000 names which already existed.
Just thought about the "anaadi" and imperishable nature of knowledge.
M G Warrier


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