In the fourth chapter of the Hindu holy book, the Bhagvad Gita, lord Krishna says:
You go to the great men who have realized the True Self to understand this Supreme Knowledge. These great men will shower upon you the sacred knowledge of True Self, if you seek for this Knowledge from them humbly, bow with due respect in front of them, and serve them with a devoted heart. Nothing can purify your heart and mind more than this True Knowledge.*
In the past, being on the way of Knowledge meant finding a guru (also known as a teacher), who was enlightened and who had found this Knowledge of the True Self. This person had already learned of the mystery of their existence, why they are in the world and what their destiny was in the World.
To learn this way of Knowledge from a guru, as the Bhagvad Gita advised, you needed to prostrate yourself humbly to his holy feet, serve him faithfully the rest of the days of his life and hope that some of that Knowledge rubbed off on you, the student.
Further, the Bhagvad Gita advises abstinence from most worldly pleasures in order to obtain this eternal self Knowledge:
The man who is full of faith (shraddha), who is devoted, and who has subdued the senses, obtains this Knowledge. Having obtained Knowledge, he at once experiences Supreme Peace.*
The prize of Supreme Peace from having found this Knowledge is very alluring. This caused many people to abandon their careers, possessions and even their families.
But, what if you don’t want to give up your double lattes in the morning, your fulfilling job or a loving family, and you still want Knowledge and “supreme” peace? What if you just don’t know any guru in your city? Moving to India and saying goodbye to family and friends is always an option…
The New Way of Knowledge
Fortunately, there is a New Message from God in the world that allows any person from any religion in any country to find the way of Knowledge. Further, the New Message’s way of Knowledge does not ask anyone to leave their family or their life in the World, quite to the contrary:
The Way of Knowledge does not prepare you to leave the world. It prepares you to be in the world, for it is here that you have been sent. – from Living the Way of Knowledge
Even though the New Message differs significantly from Hinduism in not needing a Guru, each share common principles. Both teach to verify truth — not through faith or belief — but through direct experience. The New Message from God says:
The Way of Knowledge will take you beyond belief into pure experience. It will take you beyond assumptions into direct realization. It will take you beyond premature relationships based on fantasy or desire into relationships based on recognition, Knowledge and purpose. – from “Living the Way of Knowledge“
Both the New Message and Hinduism support getting away from the mind which can distort reality and create feelings of separateness:
In order to have a greater experience, to feel greater meaning, and to find a greater purpose, you must step out of your mind, out of the limits of your own perspective, and re-engage yourself with life. This is what it means to live The Way of Knowledge. The Way of Knowledge brings you to what is known and essential. It makes everything else unnecessary for your happiness. Thus, it brings simplicity, focus and power to you who need these now to find your way within a world that is increasingly complicated, confused and disabled. – from “Living the Way of Knowledge“
Also, both ways direct the student to ascend slowly towards the summit of Knowledge, never losing sight of the point of departure and constantly returning to it, in order to preserve a right orientation.
Begin the New Way of Knowledge today by taking the Steps to Knowledge. It’s free to anyone on the planet.
*Translations of the Bhagvad Gita from Narayan Hari