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Two Absolute Positions: Indirect and Direct Knowledge
Inquirer: Daniel, [I have] a question on logic and reason. Just a little clarification, please.
I see we have two absolute positions, of indirect knowledge and direct knowledge. As we start exploring we are told things, we read things and we use logic and reason to make sense [of them]. It appears to be the case as we move along the scale from indirect to direct knowledge after we have had the mental battles and run through numerous thought experiments. The logic and reason starts to give way to just a feeling of knowing as we begin to assimilate the truth. Logic and reason may still be present, but in a much diminished role.
Does this seem right?
Daniel: I like what you say about there being two absolute positions, indirect knowledge and direct knowledge. This is true because knowledge is knowledge, both of the same nature, “non-negateable.”
The only difference – which is a huge difference with reference to shaping the jiva’s experience – is that though both are absolutely true, one is absolutely immediate (i.e activated) whilst the other is not.
You’re 100% correct. The continuous application of logic and reason (i.e. self-inquiry) converts indirect knowledge to direct knowledge, and it’s this conversion that fructifies a feeling of grounded knowing and a sense of unquestionable calm.
Good for you. The fruits are sounding yummy.
Inquirer: Daniel, many thanks.