“Andham tamah pravishanti ye avidyam upasate, Tato bhuya iva te tamo ya u vidyayam rataah.” -Taken from Vedanta
Vedanta one of the oldest books on Hindu philosophies. Stated something which was at first very tough to understand for me. But now as times goes by I have started to understand the meaning. The following lines are taken from Vedanta. It means ” They who worship ignorance enter into darkness, And they who worship knowledge enter into greater darkness.” –
Avidya is lack of knowledge or ignorance, where as Vidya stands for knowledge. Ignorance at first seems like a bliss but if ignorance becomes a habit. It breeds an individual who is completely cut off from the reality. Thus becomes isolated from the karma cycle, or to put it in the right words become ‘unaware’ about their karma.
So first one makes sense now, “They who worship Ignorance enters into darkness” but Ignorance can be removed by knowledge. With the entry of a new knowledge the Ignorance gets dissipated. But the statement also says that those who worship knowledge goes to the greater darkness.
Note it says “Worship of knowledge” and not knowledge in direct. Those who take knowledge as the only principal of the life are thrown into greater darkness because in Universe the knowledge is always increasing. The growth goes on and on. It is constantly filling itself with the expansion of the universe and when you take knowledge in only one form and understand only in one form it stops to grow, actually the knowledge is ever growing but your involvement in it is not direct and you never witness that growth. There fore dissipate into the darkness.