Of worms and learning…

घुणाक्षर न्याय (Gunākshara Nyāya) – The maxim of the letters made by the wood worm, Ghuna.

This worm bores holes in wood and in books which sometimes assume the shape of a letter; hence it is used to denote the occurrence of something quite accidental, or a chance occurrence.

Chakrapani in Deerghamjeeviteeyam Adhyaya refers this Nyaya while explaining the Samyagyukta Bheshaja LakshanaBheshaja when properly used gives Arogya. A physician who is Jnaanavan can only do the proper Yojana of the Bheshaja.

One who attains good results without proper Jnāna is by Yadrucchaa, that is, by chance. It is like Ghunaakshara – the worm accidentally causing an Akshara. This highlights the requirement of Jnāna for Samyagyojana of Bheshaja and the Siddhi of Chikitsaa.

I meet a lot of carriers of such accidental knowledge. A chance occurrence, not acquired by design and hence very superficial. Many during meetings, some during my conversations when I network, and some potential clients as well.

True depth of knowledge requires jigyasa, or curiosity, the thirst for learning, and the excitement of discovery. Add these together and you can learn just about anything, trust me on it. Upskilling is a skill in itself, and today’s world is all about upskilling. The faster you can learn, the more you can learn, and the better you can do in your career and in life.

Don’t be a worm:) Be a bookworm:))