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Mystic Mantra: The finitude of human mind

Published Nov 1, 2016, 12:54 am IST
Updated Nov 1, 2016, 7:04 am IST
The mind has extraordinary potential but is finite.
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Can the mind of man, which has, as I fully believe been developed from a mind as low as that possessed by the lowest animal, be trusted when it draws such grand conclusions?
— Charles Darwin

Man’s relentless questions about the mysteries of the cosmos continue raging in every forum and the mystery continues to deepen. Each depth opens into another depth, overwhelming the finite mind. No other question has been discussed so passionately. No other question has caused so much precious blood and so many bitter tears to be shed. No other question has been the object of such intensive thinking by the most illustrious thinkers ranging from Plato to Kant. Yet, this question remains unanswered just as it always has been. If there is one thing on which all scientists agree, it is that they do not and probably never will understand the universe. The advance in knowledge may be reduced to what Einstein described as “extracting one incomprehensible from another incomprehensible”.

 

As Ralph Waldo Emerson says, “Under each deep opens another deep”. The mind has extraordinary potential but is finite. Given even a thousand years, a single mind cannot grasp the infinite complexities of the world around us. Beyond the circle of man’s reason are events which can hardly be comprehended by the circumscribed scope of its grasping ability. It is in such moments that man has to look inward and open his mind to the inner vision and compass. We may dream big, but must see the world as it is, and do what needs to be done.
 

 

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