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Truth cannot be attained by mere study of the scriptures – Knowledge of Hindus



As the different streams, having their sources in different places, all mingle their waters in the sea; so, O Lord, the different paths which men take because of their different tendencies, crooked or straight, all lead to Thee. (Vedas)

There are two kinds of knowledge to be known –higher knowledge and lower knowledge. Lower knowledge is gained through sense perception and intellectual study, while the higher knowledge is that by which the Imperishable is known; and knowledge of Brahman the Supreme is the foundation of all knowledge. (Mundaka Upanishad)

No one can see Him with the eye…but when the five organs or sense perception become still, together with the mind – that is called the highest state. (Katha Upanishad)

Truth cannot be attained by mere study of the scriptures, nor by intellectual reasoning, nor by frequent hearing of it…He who has not turned away from evil conduct, whose senses are uncontrolled, who is not tranquil, whose mind is not at rest, he can never attain Truth even by much study. (Vedas)

He whose heart is steadfastly engaged in the practice of Yoga, looks everywhere with the eyes of equality, seeing the Self in all beings and all beings in the Self…He who looks upon pleasure and pain everywhere with the same regard as when it is applied to himself, that one is highly esteemed. (Bhagavad Gita)