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3 levels of knowledge

There are three types of knowledge or information that we get. Most of our knowledge is gained through the five senses. The second is through the intellect, which is superior to knowledge gained through the senses. Sri Sri Ravi Shankar writes.

india Updated: Feb 24, 2013 23:53 IST

There are three types of knowledge or information that we get. Most of our knowledge is gained through the five senses. The second is through the intellect, which is superior to knowledge gained through the senses. Science is knowledge gained through intellect.


These two levels of knowledge are much inferior to a third level of knowledge which is the intuitive knowledge. That is knowledge from the spirit which comes from silence. It cannot be verified by the senses or the intellect.

Life begins when we tap into this third level of knowledge. For this, you have to let go of the knowledge of the senses and the intellect, and relax.

For some time you say, “Now I don’t want to see anything, I don’t want to hear anything, I don’t want to smell, taste or touch anything; I’m just going to be.” Then to all your intellectual concepts, judgments, decisions, you say, “I don’t even need to know anything.”

Let go of concepts, thinking that things should be like this and like that. All these perceptions need to be dropped and then silence begins. Then the knowledge from the third level dawns and that is called Ritambhara knowledge.

You must have experienced this in your life --- a gut feeling, some knowledge that you cannot really figure out what or where it is from.

Sometimes, you have taken a step beyond your judgment and have been happy about it. Those are the moments when something beyond your intellect has taken over and worked.

Every invention has come from that area. So, understand that your intellect is judgmental and don’t get swept into these mind games. Just become a witness to them all. Just allow this awareness — www.artofliving.org