Own Scientist – In Gita Verse 3.40 The senses, the mind and the intelligence are the sitting places of this lust. Through them lust covers the real knowledge of the living entity and bewilders him.
Here when Krishna uses the word mind means your own nature, to be awake, budh. Krishna tries to make Arjuna understand that root budh, intelligence, is to know, to understand. But when it’s covered with desire immediately you will become bewilder, don’t know what and how to act. Because when your desires has covered your intelligence you will be disconnected with the whole. Desire can be wiped out only through your understanding and connection with your budh, your intelligence.
Buddha knows that which is; he understands that which is, and in that very understanding is free from all bondage: to know in the sense of to understand, not in the sense of knowledgeability. Buddha is not knowledgeable. An intelligent person does not care much about information and knowledge. An intelligent person cares much more for the capacity to know. His real authentic interest is in knowing, not in knowledge.
Knowing gives you understanding; knowledge only gives you a feeling of understanding without giving you real understanding. Knowledge is a pseudo-coin, it is deceptive. It only gives you a feeling that you know, and you don’t know at all. You can go on accumulating knowledge as much as you want, you can go on hoarding, you can become very, very knowledgeable. You can write books, you can have degrees, you can have PhD’s, DLitt’s, and still you remain the same ignorant, stupid person you have always been. Those degrees don’t change you; they can’t change you. In fact your stupidity becomes stronger: it has degrees now! It can prove itself through certificates. It cannot prove through life, but it can prove through the certificates. It cannot prove in any other way, but it will carry degrees, certificates, recognitions from the society; people think you know, and you also think you know.
Have you not seen this? The people who are thought to be very knowledgeable are as ignorant as anybody, sometimes more ignorant. It is very rare to find intelligent people in the academic world, very rare. I have seen in the world, and I say it through my experience. I have seen intelligent farmers, I have not seen intelligent professors. I have seen intelligent woodcutters, I have not seen intelligent professors. Why? What has gone wrong with these people?
One thing has gone wrong: they can depend on knowledge. They need not become knowers, they can depend on knowledge. They have found a secondhand way. The firsthand way needs courage. The firsthand way, knowing, only few people can afford – the adventurers, people who go beyond the ordinary path where crowds move, people who take small footpaths into the jungle of the unknowable. The danger is they may get lost. The risk is high.
When you can get second-hand knowledge, why bother? You can just sit in your chair. You can go to the library or to the university, you can collect information. You can make a big pile of information and sit on top of it. Through knowledge your memory becomes bigger and bigger, but your intelligence does not become bigger. Sometimes it happens when you don’t know much, when you are not very knowledgeable, that you will have to be intelligent in some moments.
Krishna is saying to Arjuna to come out of your desire, lust you need to be knower and not knowledgeable. He does not refuse the knowledge but he refuse to stuck with the knowledge and not allowing you to become knower from the knowledge. Remember that we all have to pass through the knowledge but from that knowledge if we experiment and create our own understanding then desire cannot cover the intelligence. Like scientist take all the object as resources and for them the outcome is also their resources, as individual we all have to work on our subjective world by watcher of our own self 24X7. Then we become our own scientist of subjectivity, and by watcher of our subjectivity we find anger, desire, hyperness, ect will just disappear from our life. This is blissful state of ours. In this state we don’t become bewilder.