“Self -Knowledge is the Jewel of all Knowledge.”
Self-knowledge is a term used in psychology to describe the information that an individual draws upon when finding an answer to the question “What am I like?”. While seeking to develop the answer to this question, self-knowledge requires on-going self-awareness and self-consciousness. What is that by knowing which everything else will be known, what is that by attaining which there will be no hankering for any other thing, what is that by realizing which one becomes Immortal, fearless and desire less and rests in everlasting peace and happiness? It is the ultimate truth.
Man, master of the fortune, has lost his celestial glory and has become a slave; remember always that whatsoever is happening around you is deep-rooted in the mind. The Mind is always the cause. It is the mind that is using you. You are being used; the mind has become the controlling of you, you are a slave, but the mind is very wise, it goes on strengthening you.
No one knows what the mind is, but every one of us suffer from the mind, the worry which you suffer is your own creation. Fear too is self created when we imagine the bad thoughts or ideas.
A pure mind is the one with good thoughts, the mind is also referred to as self, the pseudo self. Thoughts mean the conditioning. Thoughts are many. Cultures are many, religions are many and each culture, each humankind, creates a different thought. Thoughts are a social consequence. And unless this consideration dissolves, you cannot go within; you cannot know what is really your nature, what is truly your reality, your understanding.
So when you develop strong will power and determination it will be easy for you to have self-awareness. It’s important to feel and accept that we are all have strength. It’s about really believing in yourself. If you possess good self-knowledge or awareness, along with determination, can help you to be better able to avoid many of the destructive behaviors, also your learning for self awareness can help you to break through any inner struggles, especially those associated with ego, greed, and anger due to the confusion of mind.
To know yourself better, it will help you so as you can come to terms with your own innate talents, strengths and characteristics. Which will help you to avoid unnecessary and unwanted work so you can work ahead with greater ease towards your goals. By accepting and acknowledging both the “good” and “bad” parts of yourself will allow you to develop compassion and become more tolerant of yourself and others.
Guidance for self knowledge can come from many sources, from your friends, books, Guru and religious teachings.
Here are some of the questions by which also you can know about your strength and weakness in the way in life,
1- how is your mind status peaceful or unsteady mind. And how is others opinion about your behavior.
2. What are some of your favorite hobbies and interests and inclination in your life,
3. What is the influence of Religious teachings, books or friends have impacted your life in the past.
4. Do you have any important people Guide that you draw inspiration from?
5. Whether the work which you are presently doing is your choice of work or not,?
6. How you feel in the workplace that you are presently doing, whether comfortable or not?
7. Whether you are physically active or mentally strong. And how is your responsibility towards the work in which you are presently working.
The answers to these questions may help you to develop a greater sense of where your strengths are. You may be surprised that you gain confidence, courage and strength from activities which you adopted after getting awareness for the work which is more suitable to your own choice or a hobby or of your interest.
Just remember that Life is an ongoing learning experience. It’s also important to keep in mind that we all have strengths and weaknesses. We are all unique. As you go through life, it is vitally important that you’re able to, and allow yourself to continue to grow and learn about who you really are! As you do this you can better develop your self awareness.
So when one who masters the mind can direct his life straight and steadily on the true path and his Name and Fame will shine in the memories of people, then his character and achievements are noble and beneficial for the society.