Mantram-5. ( Nature of higher and lower knowledge)
Discussion-1. 'classification of knowledge' ....
After having scientifically divided the total knowledge-possibilities into two groups, the great Rishi is continuing here his scheme of teaching, by clearly describing the scope and content of the lower knowledge.
Thus, we are told that all the four Veda-s and six Vedanga-s -- branches of knowledge that are complimentary information unavoidable in all attempts at a fuller appreciation of the Veda-s, all belong to the category of the 'lower knowledge.'
This must have been a staggering revelation to the student who was then as much a victim of his generation as we are now of our own times.
The great 'Saunaka' ( disciple's name) faithfully believed the 'Vedik' declarations and lived an entire life following strictly the ritualistic part of our immortal religion.
And at the end of his lifetime, when he reached the feet of a Master seeking the 'Supreme,' he was told that he had squandered away the best part of his life in wooing but the ' lower knowledge.'
Next : Discussion-2. Master and student .....
To be continued ...