Do You Have Perfect Knowledge?

Q: Do you have perfect complete knowledge of the absolute - of reality?

A: Does Vedanta promise perfect complete knowledge of the absolute/of reality? No, it doesn't. I think the question itself introduces incorrect thinking about reality, making it into an object. I think Vedanta instead is promising the unshakeable knowledge that my own identity and that of Brahman is the same. That’s all. So in other words, your perfect and complete knowledge is of yourself, which is known by your being it. I know me because I am me. 

So my answer to your question would be, I know myself, but I don’t have any knowledge of something called reality. 

In Vedanta, the knowledge revealed therein ends the need for any further knowledge. I don’t think this is the knowledge you are talking about in this question. I think you are talking about some other kind of knowledge. 

I only know from things you’ve said before that you seem interested in human spiritual potential. I believe you used that very phrase. For me, that would fall under the heading of duality, and therefore something that precipitates desire-based thinking. To realize more of my human spiritual potential sounds like something I would want, and that just puts me right back into the cycle of wanting and getting, and wanting more. And another vasana. 

The people who have NDEs seem to get a glimpse of something. You and I have had huge glimpses, too. Maybe not as lifelike, but just like ours, theirs ended too. They left an indelible mark after they ended. And then what? Aren’t we all just back in the same boat with the NDE people who have seen the face of God? I don’t know that human beings have any higher potential than to realize they and God are one.

This is not to say that, as people, we do not become more “like” that which, as our Self, we know to be the nature of our Self. I think that self-realized people do become more like the nature of the Self/absolute. I don’t think there is effort involved here, since I don’t believe in free will. But I think one could certainly assume free will, and assume a choice towards movement in the direction of a person more and more aligned with the reality, the true nature, of one’s Self as Brahman. And the intellect would understand that’s what’s happening and rejoice in it. 

Maybe that is what you mean by your question? 

Is there an end point to that for a person? A perfect complete knowledge? Well, I’d have to go back to definitions and non-duality. We’re talking about a person, so nothing could be perfect except for the awareness — the one thing which never changes.