Insight comes by catching sight of the link between things already in sight

Whenever we encounter some especially insightful people, we may wonder, “How do they get such insights?” 

Insightfulness may be an inborn gift in some, but we all can develop it by conscious effort. 

One way to get insight is by catching sight of something unapparent that links known things. On seeing such links, multiple discrete things click into a coherent whole, leading to a delightful aha moment. 

Aha moments are valuable and pleasurable in any area of life. But they are especially empowering if they help us make sense of life itself. This is what is done by spiritual knowledge. Let’s see how. What are life’s fundamental truths already in sight? We all have two deep longings: to live forever and to love forever. But we can’t do either: we can’t live or love forever because everyone’s  lives are terminated by death.

What insight can link our immortal longing and our mortal living? The Gita insight that real-life beckons us at the spiritual level, beyond the death that besets all things material. There, we as souls live forever and love forever the all-attractive supreme soul, Krishna. When this insight animates our devotional journey, we become purposeful in moving toward Krishna through life’s ups and downs. 

If we extend this link to life’s various areas, we can gain insight by linking knowledge in any area with the object of that knowledge. Pertinently, the Bhagavad-gita (13.18) explains that Krishna is knowledge, the object of knowledge and the objective of knowledge. 

When we connect our consciousness with Krishna by practicing bhakti-yoga, we start catching sight of the link between all things and Krishna. Gradually, various places, people, events, emotions and experiences start falling in place as parts of Krishna’s plan, thereby making our life sublimely insightful. 

 

Think it over:

  • How can insights give us aha moments?
  • How can spiritual knowledge provide us insight?
  • What insight has recently inspired you? What points did it link together?

 

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13.18 He is the source of light in all luminous objects. He is beyond the darkness of matter and is unmanifested. He is knowledge, He is the object of knowledge, and He is the goal of knowledge. He is situated in everyone’s heart.

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