Knowing the world means having first-hand knowledge about it, which in turn means understanding ‘why the world is what it is’ and ‘why people are what they are’?
A man who has mastered all the books in the world may still be ignorant if he fails to connect this bookish knowledge with the real world.
Many people are ignorant not because they don’t know much but because they have accumulated false or worthless knowledge.
We rarely question the knowledge of the subconscious mind and do not let anything contrary to enter our mind. We refuse to hear any argument against our subconscious knowledge-which has become our belief and faith is the greatest hindrance in knowing the truth and understanding the reality.
Self-knowledge, which comes from within, gradually change our beliefs and drops those beliefs which are false and stupid. After being cleared off all the dirt acquired by us in the form of second-hand knowledge in our early age, we can directly see the reality, through our own eyes, through our own heart and mind, as our mind gets unconditioned. It is this mind that is rightly compared to God, as such a consciousness is pure, having been cured of all ignorance and darkness and we come close to our true self—Atman or soul.
When we close our options at some point of time, we learn to be happy with what we have. However, when we keep our options open, we are rarely happy with what we have as we find the grass greener on the other side of the fence.