"If you think you know, you don't!", What do you think this quote from Hindu scripture means?

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  • "If you think you know, you don't!", What do you think this quote from Hindu scripture means?


Answer #1 | 20/12 2013 03:37
it reminds me of socrates "i know not to know" because the story tells he one day went to the oracle of delphi, the most wise person on earth and he asked him who is the wisest person on earth/ who can he demand truth to... The oracle said that socrates was the wisest person on earth... So socrates thought that was a stupid answer and he went all over greece to ask the wisest thinkers what is the real knowledge... He questioned and questioned but none could give him the absolute truth and they all were arrogant little brats who pretended know but didn't really and in the end socrates realized that real knowledge is to know not to know because one person can't know what is going on in other peoples head and we can't really see what the other does we can't live what they live so he knew not to know! Wasn't he a genius? To say that we all have a hint of the absolute truth but being all different we can't know the whole picture because truth is relative!
Answer #2 | 20/12 2013 04:11
Thought discovers what is already known. In other words, we know how to think, but we don't think how to know. Thought cannot come from that which is unknown, thought can only come from that which is known. That is, thoughts come from knowing what thoughts are. I know I think, I don't think I know. I either know or I don't, and In-between there is thought.
Answer #3 | 20/12 2013 04:14
Please tell me the chapter and verse number of this quote . This quote can be interpreted in many ways , many have answered , some have given socrates reference......there is another way to look at this quote , maybe this quote is referring to conciousness which is beyond all thinking, mind, which can't be realized or attained by thinking or philosophizing about it, dhyana is the way to attain it which is beyond all thinking .............hence the quote " if you think you know , you don't " which basically means thinking about consciousness is not same as knowing it , you can think about the taste of sugar but you will know it's sweet taste only when you eat sugar , in the same way you can only know your true self ( pure consciousness ) not by thinking but my meditation, dhyana
Answer #4 | 20/12 2013 04:07
It possibly means that if you think you know everything, you are wrong. This is because apart from god no one else can know everything. The more you know, the nearer you come to the realization that you can't know everything.
Answer #5 | 20/12 2013 03:55
It's meant to be enigmatic. Yes, you should keep an open mind. But that doesn't mean accepting all wild ideas as equally valid.
Answer #6 | 20/12 2013 03:38
very nice.true..we know nothing completely in this universe..i say something..'what we know is something we see frm our window..what we are ignorant is that we cannot see'..
Answer #7 | 20/12 2013 03:50
It means true knowledge is in knowing that "being human you cannot know the whole truth", I also feel that not just humans but all the demigods and saints don't know everything till they themselves become part of God, by attaining enlightenment and becoming like a drop in the vast ocean called God.
Answer #8 | 20/12 2013 03:51
if u think from ur perspective and not the others what ever u know is nothing coz there is nothing more important than winning over people and showing them the right way
Answer #9 | 20/12 2013 04:23
Sometimes it may happen that the thing you know much better is actually you are not known. For example if I talk about a relationship of a true love. Both the person are known to each other but the real relationship is justified when the person help you when you are in need.
Answer #10 | 20/12 2013 05:38
This means that we are 'limited' beings and hence we can not know anything totally and completely..... all our knowledge is partial, relative and contextual only.... we have no recourse to absolute knowledge. Looking at it from another angle, one can say that all our knowledge is mere belief, however strong and unshakable it might be.... because we can know nothing for absolutely sure.
Answer #11 | 22/12 2013 17:55
That if you are convinced that you have absolute knowledge about something, that is now you have become proud of yourself for it, its wrong because no matter how much knowledge a human acqiures in his lifetime, there will always be something remaining, as the universe is endless for humans and hence, so is knowledge. So overall, we should never be convinced with whatever knowledge we have amd should always try to acquire more and more from around us.
Answer #12 | 23/12 2013 03:42
i dont know
Answer #13 | 21/12 2013 05:36
"If you think you can, or if you think you can't, you're right!" "If you think you know, you don't!", What do you think this quote from Hindu scripture means? ~~~ Off the cuff; It sounds like it just says that if you think that you have it all figured out, the Truth, that it is just the babbling of ego and your 'knowledge' is 'fantasy', incomplete at best! We Know without thinking! Reality transcends conceptualized schizophrenic thought!
Answer #14 | 21/12 2013 03:48
if you think you know then you will not be open to learn more ..that mean you do not know further in the field... full cup can not accomidate more...but half filled can do..
Answer #15 | 20/12 2013 08:43
It means you know sht
Answer #16 | 20/12 2013 09:48
Sir this is not from Bhagavad Gita This is from Kenopanishad When the student asks" willed by whom propelled by whom does the mind and senses go to their respective objects" The teacher says it is the mind of the mind the eye of the eye etc meaning Consciousness So the teacher cautions through my explanation if you think you know consciousness consciousness is not an object of knowledge to be known it is the very subject which knows hence what any one thinks he knows normally is intellectual knowledge The real knowledge is intuitive
Answer #17 | 20/12 2013 16:48
The Bhagvad Gita explains that there is material knowledge, which the mind claims to know, and there is Spiritual Knowledge that is not based on intellect by rather intuition. The pursuit of material knowledge only begets more material knowledge to be attained, hence ignorance ensues. This is why Socrates concluded that the only thing he knew was that he knew nothing. The bible teaches of Adam and Eve eating from the Tree of Knowledge, which resulted in a material and mortal existence full of "sin," a karmic inheritence all of mankind is subject to. Both the Buddha and Jesus taught that "sin" is another word for "ignorance." The only way to know anything is to identify with and be the known. The mind can only know "about" something. Knowing about China is not the same as going there or what it means to be Chinese. Reading volumes of information about cat is not the same as being one. Everything knows that it is by way of being what it is. Therefore the omniscience of Divinity comes from the expression of omnipresence, and thus omnipotence. The name "Krsna" (Krishna) means "All Attractive." In the Gita Krishna teaches that there is not a single thing in existence that is not imbued with His essence.

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