By Dr. K S Radhakrishnan on 13-09-2017
Man cannot live on earth without a body and body is a spacio – temporal entity. That is why the holy Bible says that man is in need of bread to sustain his body and he also needs something more than that. Anything in space and time is changing. Hence man is an ever changing entity. Everything in him including his body, mind and something more than them are changing.
Though everyone knows that there is change, it is not that much easy to know how does change occurs and how it can be known. Change is always known in relation to something that remains at least relatively unchanging. For example, imagine of a wrist watch in which the dial as well as the needle are in a perpetual changing mode having the same velocity or not. It is not possible to know change and hence no time can be known using such a wrist watch. That is, changing time can be known ‘if and only if’ the dial remains stationary and the needles are on move. The moving needle is a ladder that leads us to the stationary dial and the dial indicates time. So what is known is not the moving needle but the stationary dial. Therefore, it has been argued that change is a ladder that takes us to the unchanging state of experience. That is, the space time entity which is always in a changing mode had been a ladder to something that is not changing. That something which is free from change is known as ‘Satya’ or ‘truth’. It is the ‘truth’ that is known through the phenomenon. Hence, it has been argued that every phenomenon in space and time is a sign that testifies the unchanging truth.
The ever changing phenomenon is ‘Agama’ (changing), which is ladder to ‘Nigama’ (unchanging). The Agama is the whole world and ‘Nigama’ is the basis of the world. The Vedic texts expressed in lingual form is ‘Agama’ and the basis to be experienced to it is ‘Nigama’.
About The Author
Dr. K S Radhakrishnan (formerly Vice-Chancellor of Sri Sankaracharya University and Chairman, Kerala Public Service Commission) is a learned scholar who has been earnestly trying to revive the ancient knowledge in Indian culture. He worked as a lecturer early in his life and now lives an eloquent advocate of social and cultural causes.