The western civilization believes that knowledge is power. The Hindu civilization’s view of knowledge is shaped by the Sankhya system developed in the Vedic age (about three thousand years ago). The Sankhya philosophers preached that knowledge is liberation. While the western people share their knowledge with each other and use it to make rapid progress in the world, the Hindu people neglect the world—they keep their knowledge inside themselves with the aim of using it for the attainment of personal liberation or salvation. The idea that knowledge is power is more conducive for making progress in the world than the idea that knowledge is liberation.
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