Updated: Dec 27, 2020
Ghaṭapradīpā nyāyaḥ (lamp in a pot)
The light of a lamp is confined by the boundaries of the pot walls it is placed in.
Light is often compared to knowledge because as light dispels gross darkness, transcendental knowledge dispels the darkness of ignorance. We have a certain knowledge, however small or big it is, of which we are very proud of. The iron rule is that our egoistic identification with our temporal material ability – ahaṅkāra, and temporal material status – abhimāna, creates an insurmountable wall boundary for the light of eternal spiritual knowledge of our personal relationship with God to spread much further. In other words, if the light of knowledge is placed and handled within empiric boundaries it remains trapped in there. Our inherent knowledge potency deserves more than just ordinary world views of common contemporary science, art, history, and culture. Not to be confined, but to be free, is only possible, when our desire to know is directed behind the pot walls of ordinary subject matters, into the realm of Lord Śrī Hari's eternal pastimes.