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Two Systems of Knowledge      


Because Vedic knowledge is pure and authoritative, we accept it. That saves much time. If we accept the right authority or the right source of knowledge, then we save much time. There are two systems of knowledge in the material world - Inductive and Deductive.


The Inductive / Ascending method means not accepting any authority and trying to find out truth by one's own endeavour or speculation. For example:


How do we know who our father is? By imagination or mental speculation nobody can arrive at an answer. Someone may suggest doing genetic finger printing. But just imagine the sheer effort required. Assuming that only ten percent of the world's males would be capable of having fathered us, still we have to do massive amount of testing of around 250 million adults. Assuming a ridiculously low average test time of 100 seconds per individual, it would still take us a minimum of 800 years of non-stop testing. Just imagine the enormous expense and the mind-boggling record keeping involved! Even if we somehow managed to do it and assuming that we somehow remained alive, still the people who might have fathered us would be long dead by that time. The actual solution is simple: just ask the mother; she will tell us. Even if 10,000,000 other people were to contradict the words of our mother, still her words have more weight for us than the words of all the others put together. That is the power of proper authority


The Deductive / Descending method means to accept an authority and to learn the truth by inquiring from him. For example, If we want to know who our father is, we have to accept our mother's authority. Similarly, if we want to know something beyond our experience, beyond our experimental knowledge, beyond the activities of our senses, then we have to accept the Vedas.One should intelligently choose to accept Vedic knowledge by Deductive / Descending method. If we want to attain knowledge by any personal endeavour, by exercising our imperfect senses, we will never come to the right conclusions.