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  • 1. Secrets of Success Perfect Knowledge
  • 2. Dedicated to His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada (Founder Acharya- ISKCON)Secrets of Success Perfect Knowledge
  • 3. Agenda• Various modes of acquiring knowledge• The quest for ultimate knowledge: absolute vs. relative• Aiming towards acquiring absolute knowledgeSecrets of Success Perfect Knowledge
  • 4. Various modes of acquiring knowledgeSecrets of Success Perfect Knowledge
  • 5. Pratyaksha pramana Direct experienceSecrets of Success Perfect Knowledge
  • 6. Anumana pramana Theorizing based on observationSecrets of Success Perfect Knowledge
  • 7. Shabda pramana Hearing from authoritySecrets of Success Perfect Knowledge
  • 8. 1 Pratyaksha pramana Involves acquiring knowledge directly through our senses/ experienceSecrets of Success Perfect Knowledge
  • 9. Generally, we consider “Seeing is believing” But is this way of acquiring knowledge perfect all the time? Let’s see this!Secrets of Success Perfect Knowledge
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  • 11. Do you see the two faces?Secrets of Success Perfect Knowledge
  • 12. Or a Cup?Secrets of Success Perfect Knowledge
  • 13. Are the sides of the square bent?Secrets of Success Perfect Knowledge
  • 14. Do you see a white triangle?Secrets of Success Perfect Knowledge
  • 15. Secrets of Success Perfect Knowledge
  • 16. Our senses are imperfect!Secrets of Success Perfect Knowledge
  • 17. Eating orange after sugar SOUR TASTE Eating orange after lemon SWEET TASTESecrets of Success Perfect Knowledge
  • 18. OUR EYES ARE BLIND outside the range of 4000Å to 7000ÅSecrets of Success Perfect Knowledge
  • 19. OUR EARS ARE DEAF outside the range of 20 Hz to 20 kHzSecrets of Success Perfect Knowledge
  • 20. Secrets of Success Perfect Knowledge
  • 21. Activity 2Secrets of Success Perfect Knowledge
  • 22. What is written ?Secrets of Success Perfect Knowledge
  • 23. Is this way of acquiring knowledge perfect all the time?Secrets of Success Perfect Knowledge
  • 24. What we see is not always true!Secrets of Success Perfect Knowledge
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  • 27. Secrets of Success Perfect Knowledge
  • 28. Railway line convergingSecrets of Success Perfect Knowledge
  • 29. Many things which we believe in but we don’t seeSecrets of Success Perfect Knowledge
  • 30. AirSecrets of Success Perfect Knowledge
  • 31. AM-FM wavesSecrets of Success Perfect Knowledge
  • 32. X-raysSecrets of Success Perfect Knowledge
  • 33. 2 Anumana praman Hypothesizing on knowledge acquired by direct sense perceptionSecrets of Success Perfect Knowledge
  • 34. Six blind men and the elephantSecrets of Success Perfect Knowledge
  • 35. Wall RopeSpear Snake Hand fan TreeSecrets of Success Perfect Knowledge
  • 36. Anumana praman involves theorizing based on• Information directly perceived by the senses• Knowledge already acquired by us through experience• Applying reason and logic to the above twoSecrets of Success Perfect Knowledge
  • 37. Secrets of Success Perfect Knowledge
  • 38. ut the C an ds h fi rstSecrets of Success Perfect Knowledge
  • 39. Anumana pramana • Speculative • Imaginative and hence • Incomplete The conclusions may or may not be trueSecrets of Success Perfect Knowledge
  • 40. 3 Shabda praman Hearing from a bona fide authoritySecrets of Success Perfect Knowledge
  • 41. Who is your father?Secrets of Success Perfect Knowledge
  • 42. Six blind men and the elephantSecrets of Success Perfect Knowledge
  • 43. Secrets of Success Perfect Knowledge
  • 44. Can you cite more examples?Secrets of Success Perfect Knowledge
  • 45. New sSecrets of Success Perfect Knowledge
  • 46. System of educationSecrets of Success Perfect Knowledge
  • 47. Shabda praman is therefore • Passed on by aural reception in toto • Is not speculative or deductive • Is complete if received from an authoritative source Therefore, it can be rendered as perfectSecrets of Success Perfect Knowledge
  • 48. The quest for perfection: Absolute Vs Relative KnowledgeSecrets of Success Perfect Knowledge
  • 49. So we said• Direct perception can cheat you• Deduction can lead you to incorrect or incomplete solutions• Authoritative hearing can help you learn thetruthSecrets of Success Perfect Knowledge
  • 50. Where is our present understanding of the world coming from?Secrets of Success Perfect Knowledge
  • 51. MODERN SCIENCESecrets of Success Perfect Knowledge
  • 52. Oxford dictionary defines science as The intellectual and systematic study of the structure and behavior of the world through observation and experiment.Secrets of Success Perfect Knowledge
  • 53. Scientific knowledge is therefore based on• Perception or pratyaksa• Deduction or anumanaSecrets of Success Perfect Knowledge
  • 54. Evolving evolution: DARWINS THEORY OF EVOLUTIONSecrets of Success Perfect Knowledge
  • 55. “To suppose that the eye with all its inimitable contrivances for adjusting the focus to different distances,Secrets of Success Perfect Knowledge
  • 56. for admitting different amounts of light… could have been formed by natural selection, seems, I freely confess, absurd in the highest degree.” Charles Darwin, The Origin of SpeciesSecrets of Success Perfect Knowledge
  • 57. Alternative theoriesSecrets of Success Perfect Knowledge
  • 58. Belittling the Big BangSecrets of Success Perfect Knowledge
  • 59. Stephen Hawking, Nobel Prize winner physicist “May be it is not possible to formulate the theory of universe in a finite number of statements. We and our models, are both part of the universe we are describing.Secrets of Success Perfect Knowledge
  • 60. Stephen Hawking, Nobel Prize winner physicist Thus a physical theory, is self- referencing. One might therefore expect it to be either inconsistent or incomplete.The theories we have so far formulated, are both inconsistent and incomplete.”Secrets of Success Perfect Knowledge
  • 61. Eugene Wigner, Nobel Prize winner physicist “Even if we photograph stars eventually we have to take in by our senses what the photo shows.Even if the knowledge is amplified or refined b instruments, the knowledgeis no more perfect than our imperfect senses. Secrets of Success Perfect Knowledge
  • 62. Dr. R.L. Gregory, director of the Brain and Perception Laboratory at the University of Bristol, England "Science, with all its dramatic successes, has from its beginnings also generated wildly incorrect accounts: electricity and heat as fluids, the brain as an organ to cool the blood. . . . These are dramatic deviations fromSecrets of Success Perfect Knowledge
  • 63. Dalton Atomic theorySecrets of Success Perfect Knowledge
  • 64. Why science can’t give us perfect knowledge?Secrets of Success Perfect Knowledge
  • 65. We inhabit a HUGE UNIVERSESecrets of Success Perfect Knowledge
  • 66. India with population of over one billion is...Secrets of Success Perfect Knowledge
  • 67. ... one of the many countries on the planet Earth.Secrets of Success Perfect Knowledge
  • 68. Earth planet is one of the many planets in our solar system.Secrets of Success Perfect Knowledge
  • 69. Sun is 14,00,000 times bigger than planet earth.Secrets of Success Perfect Knowledge
  • 70. Astrophysicists point out There are 2000 billion stars like sun each of them having their own family of planetsSecrets of Success Perfect Knowledge
  • 71. ...all these billions of galaxies and trillions of stars comprise our UNIVERSE We are a small speck in this gigantic creation!Secrets of Success Perfect Knowledge
  • 72. How can an ant living in one corner of this room know about...Secrets of Success Perfect Knowledge
  • 73. What are the latest developments in Iraq?Secrets of Success Perfect Knowledge
  • 74. The wars happening in the worldSecrets of Success Perfect Knowledge
  • 75. The Mumbai terror attacksSecrets of Success Perfect Knowledge
  • 76. Ground reality... Its too small !Secrets of Success Perfect Knowledge
  • 77. Then how do we get perfect knowledge about this universe?Secrets of Success Perfect Knowledge
  • 78. From the creator Himself!Secrets of Success Perfect Knowledge
  • 79. The Vedas were directly imparted by the all perfect Lord to Brahma…. tene brahma hrdayadi kavaye Srimad Bhagavatam 1.1.1Secrets of Success Perfect Knowledge
  • 80. And it was passed down by aural reception through the ages by perfect personalitiesSecrets of Success Perfect Knowledge
  • 81. Vyasadeva put into writing 5,000 years backSecrets of Success Perfect Knowledge
  • 82. The Vedas give us absolute and perfect knowledge about this universeSecrets of Success Perfect Knowledge
  • 83. Modern man is now realizing the importance of using all perfect Vedic knowledge Any examples?Secrets of Success Perfect Knowledge
  • 84. AyurvedaSecrets of Success Perfect Knowledge
  • 85. YogaSecrets of Success Perfect Knowledge
  • 86. AstronomySecrets of Success Perfect Knowledge
  • 87. AstrologySecrets of Success Perfect Knowledge
  • 88. MetallurgySecrets of Success Perfect Knowledge
  • 89. What wise men have said about the VEDASSecrets of Success Perfect Knowledge
  • 90. “The vastest knowledge of today cannot transcend the buddhi of the Rishis in ancient India; and science, in its most advanced stage now, is closer to Vedanta thanMathematician ever before.” Alfred North Whitehead, BritishSecrets of Success Perfect Knowledge
  • 91. "In the history of the world, the Vedas fill a gap which no literary work in any other language could fill. I maintain that to everybody who cares for himself, for his ancestors, for his intellectual development, a study of Vedic literatures is indeed indispensable." Professor F. Max Muller , German philosopher and philologistSecrets of Success Perfect Knowledge
  • 92. "In the morning I bathe my intellect in the cosmogonal philosophy of the Bhagavad Gita in comparison with which our modern world and its literature seems puny." Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), American PhilosopherSecrets of Success Perfect Knowledge
  • 93. But don’t the Vedas also have discrepancies?Secrets of Success Perfect Knowledge
  • 94. Cow dung and cow urineSecrets of Success Perfect Knowledge
  • 95. Earth’s diameter 7,840 miles 7,926.7 milesSecrets of Success Perfect Knowledge
  • 96. Vedas give perfect answers to fundamental questions like…Secrets of Success Perfect Knowledge
  • 97. Who am I?Secrets of Success Perfect Knowledge
  • 98. Where have I come from?Secrets of Success Perfect Knowledge
  • 99. What is the purpose of my life?Secrets of Success Perfect Knowledge
  • 100. Where will I go after death?Secrets of Success Perfect Knowledge
  • 101. Who is God?Secrets of Success Perfect Knowledge
  • 102. Since, these questions deal with very fundamental aspects of our existence,Secrets of Success Perfect Knowledge
  • 103. we can immensely benefit by daily studying these vedic literatures & sharpening our Spiritual Intelligence ‘SQ’.Secrets of Success Perfect Knowledge
  • 104. Questions?Secrets of Success Perfect Knowledge
  • 105. Thank youSecrets of Success Perfect Knowledge