When Einstein was young, his parents seriously thought he was mentally disabled. He did poorly in school. His grades in school were so poor that a teacher asked him to quit and he dropped out of school when he was just 15 years old. In his later years Einstein was a failure in his personal life too. How can a high IQ personlike Einstein do poorly in school and be a failure in his personal life?
Bill Gates was a Harvard School drop-out. Abraham Lincoln had only five years of formal schooling. Sir Isaac Newton’s school performance was so poor that his teachers thought he couldn’t learn. Thomas Edison was considered a “dull student” by his teachers.
History is replete with examples of very high ‘IQ’ people who did remarkably well in some sphere of life but were a total failure in some other sphere. If ‘IQ’ is a biological characteristic of individual brain, then it can not vary drastically from situation to situation for the same person.
You must have come across examples of identical twins. Genetically they are identical. Biologically the brains are identical. They have the same parents. Are born and brought up in the same environment. Even then they can have totally different attitudes towards life. They can exhibit totally different levels of intelligence.
Sant Dnyaneshwar (or Sant Jnāneshwar) was a 13th Century Maharashtrian Sant who was orphaned along with his three siblings at a very tender age. He was an ordinary child until he was given ‘diksha’ by his Guru (His elder brother Nivruttinath). At the age of 15 years he wrote commentary on ‘Bhagwat Geeta’ called ‘Dnyaneshwari”. ‘Dnyaneshwari’ is considered as a milestone in Marathi literary work and many people have got their PhD just by studying a few lines of this book. How can an ordinary child produce such extraordinary work? How he became all knowledgeable just by receiving the grace of his Guru?
All above examples point to only one truth. For a normal healthy brain, intelligence is not a biological characteristic of individual brain.
Consider the case of a classical singer giving a live performance. When he starts his programme he wants that the audience should appreciate him. He is aware of himself, aware of the audience, aware of his singing. As time goes by, he is so immersed in his singing that he forgets himself, he forgets the audience and he becomes his song. At that moment, something new happens. Creation takes place. He gets huge applause from the audience.
So creation happens when the creator has forgotten himself. Creation happens when the creator is not aware of himself. Creation happens when the mind is totally in the present moment.
You ask any great poet /singer / painter or a scientist – HOW he gave birth to his wonderful poem / song / painting or discovery? He will not be able to answer … because he doesn’t know. He was not there when it happened.
Have you ever wondered how do we get answers to totally ‘New Problems’?
By ‘New Problems’ I mean problems which we have never encountered before. Problems for which we do not have any known method to get answers.
Suppose you love mathematics. (Even if you don’t love, no harm in assuming so!). One day you come across a totally new mathematical problem. In past, you have never encountered any method to solve such kind of problem. You badly want to solve this problem. You apply all your brain to it. You apply all the possible logic.
Logic can work only in the realm of Known. Logic says if A > B and B > C then A > C, provided all A, B & C are known. Computers work on logic. So computers can never find answers for totally new problems. Computers can never replace human intelligence. Computers can never venture in to the field of unknown.
Now, as long as we keep applying logic to solve a new problem, we will not get solution. (If we get solution by logic then the problem is not new! ). We keep thinking and thinking (and may even get frustrated). Finally one moment comes where you can think NO MORE. All options have been exhausted…. Your mind becomes SILENT ….. at the same time it is very receptive. The feverishness has died but the pure passion for knowing is very much alive…… And at that delicate and precious moment, for that fraction of a second, your mind merges with the INFINITE CONCIOUSNESS. For a moment the duality of mind ceases…..and you get the glimpse of the Solution. The unknown reveals itself…. Your mind says WoW! Mindstarts working again. It tries to verbalize the insight. It builds bridges between the known & unknown. It puts forward ways and theories and collects evidences and proofs to prove that the solution is correct. The ‘known’ has taken the minuscule part of ‘Unknown’ in to its fold. The purview of ‘Known’ has increased. But the ‘Unknown’ is still infinite.
Intelligence is a gift given to every mentally sane human being. Intelligence is not an individual property. It is a myth that one person is more intelligent than other. A mind in present moment is an intelligent mind. Rather when mind is NO-MIND then what remains is pure intelligence. …… So ’You’ can not be intelligent!!!When the duality has ceased, when ‘You’ are no-more then what remains is pure infinite ‘Intelligence’.
- Sanjay Sabnis
Sanjay Sabnis is working in ONGC and also teaches the Art of Living Part 1 and YES!+ courses in Ahmedabad.