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India was a different country from what we actually see today that people were forced to pursue only one profession throughout their existence, but when we see in the ancient times, people were flourished with greater intelligence that curious individuals from the west came here and pursued the knowledge of this land and became great saints in their native lands.

Rulers like Vikramaditya I, Bhoja, Vidhyadhara, Rudrama Devi, Prataparudra and Krishnadevaraya have fantastic knowledge not only of administration but also of exquisite knowledge of enlightenment, science, mathematics, art, literature and warcraft. They’re called Polymaths by renowned scholars. Not only the rulers but the Philosophers like Acharya Nagarjuna, Chanakya, Bhagat Pipa and many more.

Italian renaissance philosopher Leon Battista Alberti stated that “a man can do all things if he will” in a statement that his intelligence can’t be limited to mundane things and can’t just stay with one facet of creativity. So, when we observe the saints of the Bhakti Movement, they’re not just philosophers, they’ve excelled in many facets of creativity and knowledge.

In the west, if a person is par excellent at multiple aspects, he’s called a Renaissance Man or a Polymath. We should be proud that most of our ancients were polymaths, unlike the current society that encourages people to be multi-taskers but good at nothing as they kept aside the true essence of knowledge that leads one to enlightenment.  

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