Diwali Festival – Day 2 – Naraka – Chaturdasi – (Day of Knowledge)

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11th Nov, 2023

 ‘The importance of knowing that you don’t know’

यदा किञ्चिज्ञोहं द्विप इव मदान्धः समभवम्।

तदा सर्वज्ञोस्मित्यभवदवलिप्तं मम मनः।।

यदा किञ्चित् किञ्चित् बुधजनशकाशादवगतम्।

तदा मूर्खोस्मीति ज्वर इव मदो मे व्यपगतः।।

“When I had limited knowledge, I used to think of myself like a frantic elephant and I used to think that I knew everything & who knows more than me?

But when I came in contact with the learned people it slowly dawned on me that I knew nothing. Then I lost my pride with the speed similar to when a fever suddenly subsides.”

If knowledge is power, knowing what you don’t know is wisdom. Use your ignorance to your advantage.

Socrates famously observed, “I know one thing, that I know nothing.”

He also said, “The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing.”

There’s a great power in knowing what you don’t know.

When we accept our ignorance and limitations, we become wiser.

This Diwali, let’s be the candle or the Diya and spread the light of knowledge,

Let us light the lamp of knowledge and awareness and spread it to everyone.

Join the mission, let us pledge to educate at least one needy and deserving child in the coming year and make it an eventful year for that someone.

This Diwali weekend, accept the limitation that we don’t know, attempt to learn, spread learning & stay blessed forever.