When Brahman is known, nothing knowable remains unknown2 min read

Shri Shankara Acharya’s Vakyavritti Verse  32

“That by whose knowledge all that is knowable is known, as the Shruti proves by the illustrations of the clay and the pot, is Brahman. This you must understand”.


In this verse there are two statements. One is that Shruti is the source of knowledge about Brahman. It not only describes Brahman but also gives many illustrations to explain its nature. The relationship which exists between the clay and the pot made of clay illustrates the nature of Brahman and the universe.

When Brahman is known, nothing knowable remains unknown.

Just as when you know a lump of gold you know all the ornaments made of gold, so when you know the cause of the world, Brahman, you have a knowledge of everything in the world.

It does not mean that you become clairvoyant or, in the sense of modern theosophists, know what is taking place in the stars or in the imaginary astral world.

The meaning is simply this – that since Brahman is the substratum, the main cause of the universe, when you know Him your sense of cognition is satisfied for ever and you do not hanker after any other knowledge.

Many people who have dabbled in Yoga try to know of the mysteries of Orpheus or study the Tibetan Book of the Dead, but such knowledge is neither useful nor elevating.

It is enough for the wise to know:

“All this is my Self”.

Many parts of his kingdom may be unknown to a king in his conscious self; yet he feels that they belong to him and he knows them.

So a knower of Brahman knows all that is knowable as the effect of the ultimate reality.

Does not the knowledge of water give a knowledge of all the waves, bubbles and breakers?

Shri Shankara Acharya’s Vakyavritti Verse  33