Kupamanduka – Well frog
It is a pejorative for the intellectually complacent or one who believes their world is the only world who thinks he knows everything there is to know. Our well has culture, time, space, words, and more as its boundaries.
The time we live from birth to death is the only real history we experience. What we hear of what happened before (history) and of what can happen later (future) are just imagery of mind and opinion (subjectivity) as well as prediction and is all based upon our perspective, our own little well, specially if there is no authentic spiritual vidya, higher knowledge. The only space we experience is the environment we live, work, and travel to. What we hear of other lands is other people’s imagination. Our knowledge of the world is restricted to the words we know and our experience. It is the lens we look thru and the only lens we can look thru. The more words we know the bigger is our world, and our well. Thanks to the information explosion of the internet and public media, we can see more places and know more words, but our lens still fetters us. We remain frogs in the well.
Where do we get our information from and of what level is it? What do we believe and what is our well? It all forms one’s paradigm and one’s well.
We pick up books that are New York Times Best Sellers thinking that we are reading a good book. How do you have discernment? Most people base their discernment only upon if they like a book or not because they truly have no way at all to discern in any other fashion. Pick up any book on yoga. How do you know what is written in it has any value at all. Specially today within a realm of sales of spirituality. As a Westerner/Modern world person do you have any discernment what so ever or is everything based in a world of “Yelp.com” and Facebook “likes”? Do you even know that there is a world that exists that is not that?
Another example that the normal Western world would not have any clue about. This article does a very good job to explain the problem in a nutshell. I catch lots of flak for calling you all “Westerner’s”. But it is true. Here is what came of the entire case from the first article.
“Science is nothing but the finding of unity. As soon as science would reach perfect unity, it would stop from further progress, because it would reach the goal. Chemistry could not progress farther when it would discover one element out of which all others could be made. Physics would stop when it would be able to fulfil its services in discovering one energy of which all the others are of manifestations. and the science of religion becomes perfect when it would discover Him who is the one life in a universe of death, Him who is the constant basis of an ever changing world. One who is the only Soul of which all souls are but delusive manifestations. Thus is it, through multiplicity and duality, that the ultimate unity is reached. Religion can go no farther. This is the goal of all science.”
– Swami Vivekananda
It’s a good thing for the Western sciences that they are based in solely a material and empirical evidence based world for it maintains their illusion that they are continuing to gain in their science.
Conceptions of the material world such as good and bad, lower and upper, important and insignificant, are estimations of the material energy by the mind, and of the mind. What is transcendental to all such conceptions?
How deep is your well and do you have a passport? And please turn off the stove before you leave.