आचार्यतः पाद्मादत्ते - पादं शिष्यः स्वमेध्या
पादं सह ब्रह्मचारिभ्यः - पादं काल क्रमेण च
Aachaaryaatah Paadamaadatte, Paadam Shishyah Svamedhyaa
Paadam Sah-Brahmchaaribhya: Paadam Kaal Kramena cha ||
A quarter of knowledge is obtained from the teacher, a quarter due to the student’s own intellect.
Another quarter is gained in the company of fellow students and the remaining quarter from the experience over time.
This is true in every field of learning. Teacher gives the same knowledge to all students but since each individual has a different level of understanding, therefore each student receives it according to his or her own talent and level of understanding.
This is also true in the path of spirituality.
The Guru gives the same Gyana to everyone. Some understand it immediately and completely while others may take longer to grasp it.
We continue to learn, revise and reinforce the Gyana in the company of fellow students or seekers in the form of Sangat or Satsang.
Eventually, over the time, we may grasp and understand the ‘Truth’ with experience thru Sumiran and meditation.
As it was told in the old story of ‘Bopdeva’:
"करत करत अभ्यास कै जड़मति होत सुजान
रसरी आवत जात ते सिल पर पड़त निसान "
“Karat Karat Abhyaas kay, Jadmati hoat Sujaan
Rasari Aavat Jaat tay, Sil par parat Nisaan”
By practicing over and over, eventually a slow learner can also become a master of his trade
just like by rubbing over and over at the same point, even a rope can create a deep groove in a stone.
Practice …… Mediation.