Anekanta: The Third Eye: [05.17] Third Eye 2 - The Utility Of Logic

Published: 30.05.2007
Updated: 06.08.2008

To think of logic as philosophy is a mistake. Logic is only a tool to manage day-to-day living. It is essential. One of life's riddles is day-to-day behaviour. In the art of institutionalization, institutions have to be maintained. There logic is also essential. Without logic, institutions cannot be managed. Logic is not without use. Anything viewed from the perspective of anekanta cannot be called useless, false or untruth. If a man were standing in a court of justice and he did not make use of logic he would lose immediately. A court functions on the basis of logic. The judge upholds the stronger logic and awards judgment thereby.

A case was in progress. A man had lost his arm in an accident. He wanted compensation. The judge asked, "Have you hurt your arm?"

"Yes my Lord”.

"Have you sustained a fracture?"

"Not a fracture, but my arm hurts a lot and I am not able to lift it."

"Was your arm able to rise before the accident?" "Yes, it was able to rise fully."

"How high did it go?"

Immediately the man raised his arms completely and said, "This high."

The judge dismissed the case and the man did not get any compensation.

If there were no logic the judge would never be able to come to a decision. If there were no logic the defender would not be able to refute the offender. Logic and intellect, both are important. If these two were not there then man would go back to the dark ages when man's brain and logic had not developed. Without them man had faced many difficulties. Today with the development of the intellect and logic, man has widened the scope of his progress. He has crossed one stage. The bullock cart has for thousand of years been drawn by the bullocks, it still is and will probably continue to be so in the future. It has made no progress because it has neither intellect nor logic. It continues to be where it was and will remain there. Man has, with his intellect and logic, crossed that stage of animal life. I do not mean to say the intellect and logic are totally useless. But one should not think they are everything. Even beyond this there is a world. That is the world of spirituality. There you will find the life of anekanta. Those problems that cannot be solved by the intellect and logic can now be solved with inner knowledge. The solutions to those problems can be found through the inner eye and the third eye, with the development of anekanta. When anekanta is awakened then neutrality sets into life. Then there is no prejudice against or for anything. There is a bias towards the intellect. There is a bias towards logic. The world of logic and intellect cannot be without bias. The intellectual and the logician take pleasure in proving his views and undermining the other person's views. We find fault saying a person is not fair or balanced. This is also our mistake. Within the limits of the intellect and logic such things will.

happen. It is in the nature of things. It is not a great thing not to be balanced. There is only one way of being unbiased or balanced and that is to awaken the third eye. Once the third eye is awakened, biases fritter away. No bias remains. It gradually reduces.

There is one method of awakening the third eye: developing the anekantic view. When this happens then the third eye opens.

  • Anekanta: The Third Eye by Acharya Mahaprajna, © 2002
  • Translated by Sudhamahi Regunathan
  • Published by Jain Vishva Bharati Institute (Deemed University), Ladnun, Rajasthan, India

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