Humility opens the door to wisdom
The Bhagavad-gita (13.8) mentions humility as the first among the twenty virtues that comprise wisdom. This indicates that humility is the doorway that enables us to enter the house of wisdom. Humility activates our awareness that no matter how much we know, there is so much more to know. Such humble awareness makes us gradually acknowledge that,just by our own speculative efforts, we can never figure out the world or our place and purpose in it. To gain reliable knowledge on this critical subject, we need to receive it from the maker of the world, Krishna, who alone knows it completely. We can connect with Krishna through his words, as given in scriptures like the Bhagavad-gita and explained by his erudite devotees.
When we assimilate and apply Gita wisdom, we see creation in new light: as demonstration of Krishna’s creative glory and beauty. This vision catalyzes within us an untiring willingness, even eagerness, to learn more about Krishna, which in turn makes us receptive to hear his inner voice. That divine voice guides our sights and thoughts so that our daily experiences serve to confirm the wisdom that we have learnt in the revealed scriptures. As our wisdom deepens by such realizations, we feel increasingly inspired to devote ourselves to Krishna. When we fall completely in love with him, we return back to his eternal abode, which has been the supreme aspiration of the wisest seers throughout history.
Thus, humility transforms our life into a dynamic educational experience that reinforces our wisdom, enriches our devotion and finally catapults us to life’s greatest attainment.