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Know Yourself, Be Wise: Master Yourself, Acquire True Power

“Knowing others is intelligence; knowing yourself is true wisdom. Mastering others is strength; mastering yourself is true power.”


Know Yourself, Be Wise: Master Yourself, Acquire True Power
“Knowing others is intelligence; knowing yourself is true wisdom. Mastering others is strength; mastering yourself is true power.” ― Lao Tzu


Your Life is Yours, Different from Others

You spend a lot of time to know about others, isn’t it?

You have a strong curiosity to know about your neighbors, colleagues, and other persons with whom you interact in your daily life.

You also want to know about the people from the past, about great masters, leaders, film artists, sports players, etc.

Off course knowing them makes your life easy and makes you aware, informative, and knowledgeable. Your awareness level and general knowledge get enhanced.

Are you doing that? You also learn a lot from great leaders, spiritual masters, our teachers, elders, etc. By doing this you became knowledgeable.

But how many of you spend even an hour a day to know yourselves and to know who you are?

Are you doing that to gain knowledge about yourself and to acquire true power?

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Are You Looking Inside You?

Are you that person who tries to look inside your own life? Isn’t it required to know about you before knowing others or at least to know more about you along with knowing others?

OSHO opined that,

“You are looking everywhere except within you, and that is the only place where you are going to find the treasure, the truth, the beauty.”

If you don’t know yourself clearly and sufficiently, then you would end up aping others, coping with their lifestyles, and applying their life skills to problems and issues in your life.

Will it work for you? Certainly not!!! Even if it works, it will work partially. Most of the time, it will not work for you. Your problem is not the same as others.

How can you search for solutions to your problem in others’ life? It’s like you have got a fever and you are using medicine prescribed for your friend, will it work? Not!

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Let’s Examine a few Exemplary Examples

We know that our scientists are dedicatedly working to find a second home for human beings in heavenly bodies other than Earth.

Do we have sufficient knowledge about our first home, i.e. the planet earth? Till now we’ve explored only five percent of our oceans.

It’s like trying to explore Moon, Mars, Jupiter, and other heavenly bodies before knowing the Earth on which we live.

Knowing about other planets is good but don’t you think we should do that after we explore and have sufficient knowledge about our Earth?

The Story of an Astronomer and an Old Woman

It happened somewhere on our planet Earth. Once, during an early evening period, an old woman was resting beside a tree after collecting grass and leaves for her cattle.

She was preparing to bundle her stuff and return to her village which was very near to that place. At that time she saw an astronomer was walking through that place watching stars and planets through his powerful binoculars.

He was so engrossed in gazing at the heavenly bodies that he eventually fell into a pit while walking. The old woman laughed loudly. The astronomer gets out of the pit and stopped there and looked at the woman.

It was insulting and embarrassing for the astronomer. He said, “do you know me”. The woman nodded her head and says “no”.

“Yes, that’s why you are laughing at me you poor woman”…ranted the astronomer.

Going further, he said, “I am an international level astronomer, scientist, and a great scholar”.

The woman replied “yeah you might be”…but if you don’t know how to walk on the Earth, what’s the meaning to look at those heavenly bodies”.

The moral of the story is that knowing your land, immediate surroundings, and yourself is more important than any other thing. You may pursue other things only after knowing yourself and your immediate environs.

How many of us can say, we know who we are, what we want, and why we want those specific things? To know you are the priority!

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Know Yourself, Be Wise: Steps to Learn about You

Before knowing others, you should know yourself. Otherwise, you’ll end up living a life construed, constructed, and created by others.

You should be aware of your very presence on the planet Earth, and know yourself fully. It will help you to understand where you are heading for.

Some of the steps to learn about you are given below:

    • Become conscious of your weakness, strengths, threats, opportunities, and what you like and dislike.
    • Be aware of your temperaments, emotions, reactions, reciprocations, and responses to what is happening to you and around you.
    • Observe yourself and introspect you consciously.
    • Examine and review your actions and reactions to your surroundings and people.
    • Examine how your surroundings influence you, your mood, and your very existence.
    • Do meditation, and go deep inside you to know more about yourself.

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Master Yourself, Acquire True Power

When you learn to know your own life, spirit, and existence, it would empower you and open up your “third eye”.

You would be able to understand what’s right and wrong for you. Your life would be simpler, wiser, and more purposeful.

You would be more productive and able to improve your relationship with other people around you in your immediate surroundings and beyond.

When you master yourself, you would acquire true power to deal with all kinds of issues and difficulties in your life.

We can recall what Leonardo da Vinci, the great painter, draughtsman, engineer, scientist, theorist, sculptor, and architect had opined,

“One can have no smaller or greater mastery than mastery of oneself.”


It is quite evident that before knowing others you should know yourself first and fully. It would make your life beautiful, benefiting, and bewildering. But, remember, when you know yourself, you become wise, but when you master yourself, you acquire true power.

So start diving inside the eternal ocean that lies inside you and get the master key that lies in the bed of your ocean.

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Ranjan Kumar Baral

Ranjan Kumar Baral is very keen to observe, learn, and de-learn the very beautiful life-process on the planet earth. He has graduated from the AIT, Bangkok, Thailand (MS) and Utkal University, India (M. Phil. & M.A. and L.L.B.). BeAnInspirer is a noble, humanistic, and practical way to inspire people across the world. He writes for BeAnInspirer to express his feelings, sensitivity, and humane experiences.

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