Sankara, Vivekananda &c.
kumar at OSWEGO.EDU
Sat Mar 28 17:52:54 UTC 1998
In the Western tradition, Socrates gave the similar idea which beacame a
basis of Socartic dialogue.
Department of Physics
State University of New York
Oswego, NY 13126.
On Fri, 27 Mar 1998, Robert Zydenbos wrote:
> Replies to msg 27 Mar 98: indology at listserv.liv.ac.uk (Vaidix)
> VC> As for VivekanandA, one statement that I thought is his
> VC> original (most other
> VC> stuff is spiritual), reads something like "Education is the
> VC> manifestation of
> VC> the knowledge that is already in the mind etc". This
> VC> implies that people
> VC> already know, but the knowledge is just uncovered by the
> VC> process of education.
> VC> Any one knows this idea is expressed by any thinker before
> VC> him?
> This is basically the Jaina view of knowledge: the soul, which _is_ knowledge (in a certain sense; we should of course always be careful when translating such terms) is clouded / covered by karma, and as the soul is purified (i.e., karma is removed) the innate pure knowledge (which is omniscience) manifests itself increasingly.
> (This is just one ancient view with which I am familiar. Are there any comparable views, of comparable antiquity?)
> Robert Zydenbos
> zydenbos at flevoland.xs4all.nl
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