When my oldest daughter learned how to speak, which was at a very young age, she had an insatiable tendency to inquire about the nature of things. “Why is the sky blue?” “Why don’t the animals have houses?” “Can we eat dirt?” And on, and on, and on. She literally drove us crazy with all her questions. But, apparently, she was simply trying to figure things out so that she could efficiently operate in this world. For her, it was easier to ask her parents, whom she had faith in, than to experientially try to figure everything out.
Similarly, when we inquire into the Absolute Truth, we must be like an innocent child:not dumb, but honest in our inquiry. In other words, we must have a sincere desire to know the Truth, and a desire to dovetail our life so that it is in sync with the Truth. In the Bhagavad Gita, the Supreme Lord states:
“Just try to learn the Truth by approaching a spiritual master. Inquire from him submissively and render service unto him. The self-realized soul can impart knowledge unto you because he has seen the Truth.”