When we study Philosophy, the very first phrase that welcomes us will be “Know Thyself’. But if you’re reading philosophy in the context of eastern perception, you find ‘Know Thy Self’. One might wonder, what might the difference, but the space be in between says it all. Not to argue which one is better that the other, because both will be needed here once we understand the subtle difference between these two!
Know Thyself: This phrase is prevalent in western philosophy, especially in Greek and Latin realisations of enlightenment. This phrase includes know about yourself, the very attitudes that keep you enslaved to limitations. It’s the study of one’s emotions and behaviour that keep you away from realising the source. This process will help those who’re walking the path to uproot the weeds in order to plant the right seeds!
Know Thy Self: This statement is nothing but knowing the divine within. This doesn’t have to do with personality, attitude or tangible aspect, but realising that which cannot be expressed in words! It’s about knowing the abilities of Self, will make one realise their own! Vishnusahasranama is one of the examples that elucidates the qualities of Self. But this is up-close and personal just as the former statement. In eastern perception, knowing the direct source, is given utter importance than any other. However, in the ancient culture, both statements were true and crucial! As Knowing Your Self makes you realise who you are and Knowing Yourself will help you to reinvent yourself in order to express the divine in you!
-Viswanath Venkat Dasari.