In Chapter 7 of the Gita, Lord Krishna speaks of knowing God. It is hard to put the meaning of knowing God or knowing anything for that matter into words. But without a doubt, there are some things we know or at least we feel like we know.

I wonder what the difference is between thinking or feeling we know and actually knowing. I suppose the distinction only makes a difference when we speak of matters which others take seriously. To opine or feel or believe that we love someone is no different from loving someone. However, when it comes to science, or politics or faith, knowledge that does not conform to what others have confirmed or what our society may lead to dangerous action.

To know is not the same as to understand or to believe. Understanding and belief often lead to knowledge, but they are not knowledge itself.

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The Gita on Knowledge


Knowledge is a fundamental goal in Hinduism and Sanskrit has many words that distinguish different forms of knowing and wisdom.

Jnana is perhaps the highest knowledge. It embraces deep understanding and empathy and is a path to becoming one with Truth.

For example:

Knowledge is many good things.

It is being honest, kind, forgiving and pure

and it is also concentrating on God.

(Gita 13: 9, 10)

Imagine the beauty of incorporating the notion of kindness into knowledge and see The Gita, A New Translation of Hindu Sacred Scripture by Irina Gajjar.