What do they mean when they say ‘Know thy self’. What is meant by journeying within to understand our self. Why do Hinduism stress on inner cleansing so much? Agniveer hints to answers.
Hinduism – Journey of personal discovery
The fundamental principle of Hinduism is that root of sorrow lies in ignorance (Avidya). And remedy is wisdom (Vidya).
This wisdom cannot be externally imposed. It has to be discovered within by one’s own efforts.
Through knowledge, action and contemplation. The external tools may be helpful in the process.
But nonetheless, each of us has to undertake its own journey through its own initiative.
And since each of us is so different and so special, spoon-feeding and expecting to blindly adopt any unverified truth would be an insult to our being human.
Thus all Hindu texts are mere recommendations. And they clearly state that ultimate authority is one’s own self.
Yes, Vedas are considered Supreme in Hinduism. Some consider Gita to be their guide.
Some admire Ramayan and Mahabharat. But none is a compulsion.
The only compulsion is that you sincerely undertake a journey of personal discovery and allow others the freedom to take a similar journey.