In our learning process, we have to analyse how much [of] the subjects we really know, and how much [of] the things we just accept, we do not know, but we just accept.
Knowing and accepting are two different things. Knowing means I personally do the experiment, or the analyzation, and I find the result, then I know.
But in our education process, 80% of things [we know] we just rely on the teacher, on the book, by other people [who] have done the experiment and find a conclusion, and is written in the book, and the teacher teaches in the classroom, and you, just, ‘yes, yes, I understand’.
I can give an example, last year I was taken to a museum of man, and the museum of man, the curator was guiding me to explain things.And just in the entrance door, there was a picture of the monkey slowly getting up and slowly evolving into the human body, and he was [explaining it to me]. Then I jokingly, not completely jokingly, with some seriousness, I asked him how [he] knows it.
He said it is written in Darwin’s theory, everybody knows it, and everything, and I said you have done all of this research, and he said oh no, it is already done by so and so and now it is accepted by all, universally, and everybody knows that this had happened.
Then I just put a simple question, why [are] present monkeys not evolved to human beings, what is their disadvantage or their crime, these are the descendants of the ancient monkeys and one version of monkeys becomes human beings like us and there are still some monkeys [that] remain unevolved?
So how can you tell which kind of potential or gene or sense can be evolved into human and which [does not].
Then he was confused and said I have never thought of it.
If you have never thought of it that means that you just accepted what Darwin had taught to you, and he [said] yes. So, we personally do not know many scientific realities and truths.
I do not say that scientific findings are false, the scientific findings might be true, or still [there is] more room for further search, most of these scientific findings are approximate, then more scientific findings come, and all the principles can be revised. This is the reality of the modern scientific way.
So that means knowing by oneself in our learning process is a very small percentage, and acceptance of the findings of others are much more.And it is further [expressed] when someone is a believer, believer of some tradition or religion, then the portion of knowing becomes much less, and acceptance becomes much more.
For example, Buddhist people, they do not know most of the Buddhist principles, and they except it because Buddha had told [it], because a monk had said it, because a guru had said it.
In spite of the fact that Buddha had repeatedly told his disciples don’t rely on me, you find it for yourself, and you do not accept anything do to the reverence to Buddha, and Buddha had said it.Unless and until you find it for yourself, it is no use [to] you.
Buddha had told many things,but if I do not understand it by my own experiment, by my own analytical search, then knowing by Buddha, he can only lead me, he can only tell me how to experiment, how to analyse, how to search, how to inquire, how to research into these realities. But we have to search [on] our own.