The wisdom below tells us that ultimate bliss dawns on us only if we can free our-self from our ego, pretensions and the stored knowledge in our mind. It is our attitude of ‘I know’ that entraps us into a fixed mind-set and limits our ability to wonder, discover and be creative. The key to happiness is to ‘let go’ ourselves and do our tasks with humility and awareness.

“Music needs the hollowness of the flute; Letters, the blankness of the page; Light, the void called a window; Enlightenment, the absence of the self.” ~ Anon


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Bansuri image source: Wiki

Lets remember that wisdom tends to grow in proportion to one’s awareness of one’s ignorance. Awareness is the key to happiness🙂




About dilipnaidu

An open mind! Love to share my thoughts and a keenness to learn. An engineer and a MBA I had a wonderful innings in the Army and later moved to consultancy and teaching. My current interests are reading, music, growing culinary herbs, playing golf and yoga. I am serious on "Living life less seriously". A warm welcome to you be well and be cheerful always.

74 responses »

  1. ShethP says:

    Humility and awareness. Got it. Thanks for the gentle reminder.🙂

  2. I enjoy every visit to your blog. Thank you _/\_

  3. Never could understand this Eastern religion’s absence of self. Why were we even born then? Why extract ourselves from the world when we were born into it for purpose. If it means the absence of selfishness replaced by selflessness then I get it. Deflate the ego and submit will to will of creator I understand.

    • dilipnaidu says:

      Dear Carl true the question why we are are born and what is the purpose of life is not easily answered – at-least not by me🙂 I guess each one may seek and find his or her purpose eventually.

      However what you say in your last two lines is exactly what is enshrined in the quote. To lead a life with a joyous and calm mind we need to free our-self of our ego.

      Many thanks and regards.

  4. Deboshree says:

    A beautiful post with a message we must implement in life. Lovely read!🙂

  5. Wonderful. Losing our ego is the path to empathy and the music of our evolution.

  6. Thanks a lot for your coment in my blog. I love the music of the flute, I like your words…
    I wish you a lovely week.

  7. I agree with you completely… great and deep thought expressed by so few words.. 🙂

  8. nupoor bansal says:

    Thank u sir for such a gr8 thought.. Leaving ego is the only difficult thing, once we understand this every problem is solved immediately..just letting go things is more imp…

    • dilipnaidu says:

      That’s a lovely response Nupoor! You are very right our ego is deeply embedded and for letting go our ego we need to practice humility and selflessness!

      Trust you doing very well and happy. Be that way always🙂

  9. Dilip, I love the quote. I agree that we can get in the way of our own learning and growth. There is nothing to fear and much to gain with a blank page waiting to be filled.

    Blessings ~ Wendy ❀

    • dilipnaidu says:

      Well said Wendy it is only by removing the burden of ego, fear, jealousy and all such like negatives that joy, fulfillment and stillness can creep in.
      Thank you for a beautiful comment! Blessing gratefully acknowledged!
      Kindest regards.

  10. So true, thank you for keeping it in the forefront of our minds. Warmly-Sheri

  11. Madhu says:

    What a beautifully profound saying!!! Thank you for sharing Dilip.

  12. shellymona says:

    Just like fruit laden tree that bends low….wise words as reminders

  13. Rekha says:

    Very well said! We can excel only if we let go.

  14. Lovely reminder for us all Dilip and Music makes me Happy! ,, I used to play the flute at school..😉 not very well I may add…. And thank you for your link to your other blog… loved browsing there…🙂
    _/\_ Namaste to you too🙂

    • dilipnaidu says:

      _/\_ Namaste Sue – Ha Ha I copied that namaste sign from your🙂
      It’s so nice to play instruments or any kind of music. Its creative and calms the mind.
      Oh I feel good when a fellow gardener visits and encourages us.Thank you so much.
      P.S. I will be responding to your comments shortly.
      Cheers to a lovely day🙂

  15. yes, Anon makes a profound observation

  16. Tina Schell says:

    I am adding this to my list of favorite quotes ever Dilip! And your photo illustrates it beautifully. Great post!

  17. jannatwrites says:

    Nice conclusion – relating awareness to happiness.

  18. So right, happiness and healing come with self-awareness.

    • dilipnaidu says:

      Oh yes self-awareness makes our life meaningful🙂
      Thank you and best wishes to you.

      • Swati Agarwal says:

        Dear Sir,
        Does letting your ego, prior knowledge, inner turmoil go…can give inner peace & freedom??

        Swati (your student fromTasmac)

        • dilipnaidu says:

          Dear Swati I remember you very well. You were a very good student and I am sure you are doing very well🙂

          Ego becomes goes (becomes less) with humility and belief that whatever status and distinction we achieve is not due to our acquired knowledge and cleverness but because the Almighty (or cosmic energy) allows it happen.

          Letting ego go is not easy but definitely possible. Many good things happen like we get less angry, we don’t hate others and so on. In management jargon we develop a higher EI.

          Many good wishes you to be happy and joyful in life. Kind regards.

  19. aFrankAngle says:

    A wonderful perspective capped with a music analogy. Cheers to your positive attitude and efforts!

  20. I for an Eye says:

    Lovely post….the essence of life is in being a learner always. The more we learn, the more we realize that how less we know.

  21. shellymona says:

    Your message speaks volume….and the quotation is like cherry on the cake….loved reading it…..All the best

  22. sgg says:

    Awareness is the key to happiness
    Very right dear Sir. If one is aware of own ignorance, one finds new avenues of knowledge.
    It is like a cave which has been dark & discarded for years. But some explorer dares to walk in & lights a match stick .The darkness vanishes ; doesnot matter how long it existed.
    This is awareness of ignorance. Leads one to better life, peace & happiness.

    • dilipnaidu says:

      Dear Suhas that’s a beautiful comment and very inspiring too. Very well said “the darkness vanishes; does not matter how long it existed”.

      Thanks my friend🙂

  23. Shmruthi says:

    This is the reason why we learn so much in so little time as a kid but hardly learn as an adult. Letting go of the “I know” attitude is the hardest thing in the world but the most rewarding as well. Thanks for helping to reinforce this thought🙂

  24. So true that “wisdom tends to grow in proportion to one’s awareness of one’s ignorance”. Thanks for the reminder!

    If the mind is already filled up with a sense of self-importance, how will it make room for any knowledge?

  25. renu says:

    Ego is neither good in the worldly relations nor with respect to spirituality.

    • dilipnaidu says:

      Hello Renu and welcome. And ego being so powerful cannot be tackled head-on with our mind. It may be necessary to practice meditative techniques and processes to make us realize the worthlessness of ego.

      Thanks and have a lovely day. Cheers🙂

  26. amira says:

    ah the enlightenment. so very evasive, I guess only those disciplined and selfless can attain that.

    • dilipnaidu says:

      Thanks Amira and good to see you after very long. You are right even if enlightenment may be far off being selfless will make the journey very joyful.

      Cheers and best wishes always🙂

  27. Very true fact dearest Dilip! Ego is not good for the soul!

  28. Couldn’t agree more! Awareness and acceptance of one’s ignorance is the first step towards acquiring knowledge and wisdom.

  29. Binky says:

    It can be hard to free yourself of all of that, though. But when you look out at the stars, you can only think of how little we truly know, especially compared to all that is out there on a scale we cannot even begin to comprehend.

    • Dilip says:

      It is very hard to free our minds. And that’s a nice exercise to look at the vastness of the sky and know how miniscule we are! Thanks Binky.

  30. Thank you for this, my dear Dilip. I think we should actually have this hang on a wall to read every morning when we wake up and at night just before we go to sleep, to always be reminded. Thank you!🙂

    • Dilip says:

      Oh dear Marina I am happily surprised and touched that you could make time to read this post. I feel the real challenge is being hollow and empty even when we are successful. But for you dear Marina success sits lightly on your shoulder.
      Cheers and best wishes always🙂

  31. sweetyshinde says:

    Agree. A humble student is like a pot who can be filled with knowledge. An arrogant one is not likely to have space for knowledge to be poured in.

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