Western v.s Eastern Philosophy

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Western Philosophy

“There is one quality which one must possess to win, and that is definiteness of purpose, the knowledge of what one wants and a burning desire to possess it.” ~Napoleon Hill

Eastern Philosophy

“A burning passion coupled with absolute detachment is the key to all success.” ~Mahatma Gandhi

“Detachment”

Detachment does not mean a passive disinterest or cold indifference. It’s actually an active state of conscious awareness which is required to live in harmony with Nature.

Real Knowledge

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Material Knowledge

“Material knowledge is knowledge of matter which is the absence of the knowledge of one’s own self. Philosophy means to seek after the right knowledge of one’s own self, or the knowledge of self-realisation. Without self-realisation, philosophy is dry speculation or a waste of time and energy.” ~S.B. 1.12.28

Spiritual Knowledge

Spiritual knowledge is knowledge of transcendence which can help us attain liberation from the material world and can take us to the eternal, blissful spiritual world.

“Real Knowledge”

Real knowledge means to discriminate between truth and illusion. Once achieved, one is no longer disturbed by the influence of the modes of material nature. Real knowledge about the human being is “I am not matter, I am a spirit soul.” ~A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

Within this universe is material knowledge, and beyond this universe is transcendental knowledge. Spiritual knowledge is permanent whereas material knowledge ends with the death of the body. ~Sri Isopanisad 10

The Ultimate Compass of Passions

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Having a burning passion is not enough. Your passion needs to be directed by a compass of Real Knowledge.