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Saturday, January 17, 2015

HERACLITUS - A RARE BREED OF GREEK PHILOSOPHERS

Wisdom is not something that is found outside YOU. You have to come Home to find it within YOU only. The life of philosophers always gives deep insights to tread our own path. One such Greek philosopher whose profound wisdom inspires in this modern era is Heraclitus.

I came to know about Heraclitus only when I read the recent edition of Osho World, a monthly magazine which carried one essay on this great man. Osho says that Heraclitus was like Gautam Buddha or Lao Tzu, but the Greek soil was absolutely not kind for him.

Throwing more light on Heraclitus, Osho says that he is a really rare flowering, one of the most highly penetrating souls, one of those souls who become like Everest, the highest peak of the Himalayas. He further says that you need a different type of being to understand him. A cultivated head won't be of any help.

Being not content with the material on this giant, I searched Wikipedia which has some interesting facts:

- He ( c. 535 – c. 475 BCE) was a pre-Socratic Greek philosopher, a native of the Greek city Ephesus.

- His famous saying, "No man ever steps in the same river twice"

- He believed in the unity of opposites, stating that "the path up and down are one and the same"

Some of his famous quotes are as under:

> Good character is not formed in a week or a month. It is created little by little, day by day. Protracted and patient effort is needed to develop good character.

> Eyes and ears are poor witnesses to people if they have uncultured souls.

> Much learning does not teach understanding.

> Big results require big ambitions.

> Deliberate violence is more to be quenched than a fire.






1 comment:

  1. Unfortunately the whole Greek wisdom has been driven underground by terrorists and politicians.

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