The more I learn, the less I know

The more I learn, the less I know

The process of learning also feeds the Ego, creating a mist around our subtle faculties that perceive the world. It sometimes leads us to believe that we know everything. Therefore as part of our development, it is important to remain humble and associate with people who are more knowledgeable.

Here I was standing in the cold Himalayan night at Syalsur in Uttarakhand (India), observing the horizon illuminated by the moon that had not yet risen. A tree on the mountain top, basking in the spotlight created by the illumination, seemed to be making an egoistic statement, “Look at me. It’s my night.”

Moments later, as the full-moon rose above the horizon, it stole the entire limelight away from the lone tree, which now seemed to be saying, “I realize the egoistic mistake made in that moment of glory.”

Observing the dynamism of this evolving situation, I was reminded of a hymn from Adi Granth, the spiritual scripture of the Sikhs, that reminds us of the vainness of momentary glories.



What can I say about this illusion, for things are not as they may seem?

Till I existed, You did not. Now that You do, I has vanished.

Momentarily wind may raise waves in the Ocean but soon water merges with water.

Our state is like a King who becomes a beggar in his sleep.

Even though his kingdom remains intact, he suffers in sleep.

Like a rope in darkness may be mistaken for a snake.

Looking at the Gold bracelets, we forget that its sub-stratum is only Gold.

Reality is that He pervades everywhere, but in Ego we consider ourselves different.

Says Ravidas, He is nearer than our own hands, realize this with equipoise.

Bhagat Ravidas, page 657 of Adi Granth


It is therefore important to keep the Ego in check.

Indeed, the more I learn, the less I know!


Moon & Tree


  1. mintisingh

    Awesome click .

    • Jitender Pal

      Waiting for perfect image & timings, u ought to be lunatic. “GOD BLESS U”

  2. adarsh

    Awesome click!!

  3. Sandhya

    Love the write up as much as the click. It’s the ego that often is mistaken with self worth, although that thin line exists between them.

  4. Perminder

    Thought is as good as the click! Nice!

  5. Atamjot

    Magnificent… Another one of the wonders …of our Creator… 🙂



  7. Malka Khanum


  8. Harawant Singh

    What then is the beauty and wonder of its Creator?

  9. What a magical mystical image.

  10. Dhruv Jolly


  11. Upinder Kaur

    Awesome shot!

  12. Ajay Tripathi

    Beautiful picture! What makes it more beautiful and rather mystic is the thought which you have put into words.

  13. Bahadur Singh

    what can i say jus spectacular!

  14. Bipin Naravane


  15. mustafa

    Adi granth is pure poetry.
    I must read it and I should start with page 657.

  16. kishore kumar biswas

    ” Ego ” the enemy of our soul , that imprisoned us in the dungeon of ” self” keeping us far away from the world. It blinds our vision from seeing the truth.We see only ” I ” . We feel only ” I ” . Thus we lose our ” universal ” identity ” . We live a dead life of a mere ” individual”.
    Amardeep in this feature with just only sublime picture and a note rich with deep feelings tells us the true nature of human ” Ego ” that keeps us chained with limitations.
    This feature makes me to say ” I see the moon . the moon sees me . God bless the moon , God bless me .”

  17. Bhupender


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