This post is being written due to a thought seeded into my mind by a question asked by my friend Atul Bhat. He asked me whether a Grand Master of a Martial Art knows it all, and if he does, can he stop learning new things about that art he created? This question had a simple answer. “No”. But it was really difficult to give a reasoning for that “No”, to him and myself as well!
Most often, simple answers have deep reasoning to back them up. This was a similar situation. I gave him the simple answer instantly, but it took me some days to add up to the reasoning part. So,here it is.
Learning is a constant process. No one can say that He/She has learnt everything. That would be totally unwise. This world is ever-changing. It is necessary to be ‘ever evolving’ and not ‘never evolving’. When you say that you have learnt everything, that is a signal that you want to be stagnant in your learning process. That is when you can compare yourself with a stagnant water body and a flowing river. I don’t think I need to explain any further about the comparison. When a Scientific theory or law is made, it will never mean that is the end of it. There will always be continuity. Otherwise there is no point in studying that law at all. “Continuity is the key ingredient for the potion that will enhance your knowledge”.
A Grand Master may have created the art, but there is no way to foresee things that either need alteration in the techniques or give birth to new ones. Even a Grand Master has to keep learning so that he can impart it to his students who depend on his art. Better yet is to understand the concept of Jeet Kune Do, the art of fighting without fighting, where a fighter reacts to new type of attacks spontaneously. As I haven’t studied Jeet Kune Do (yet), I am in no position to explain anymore about it. But, there is a quote by Bruce Lee, worth mentioning here. It was quoted by him in the book “The art of expressing the Human Body”. “There are no limits. There are plateaus, but you must not stay there, you must go beyond them”. The moment we stop learning is when you let your beautiful mind be chained to something that doesn’t let it unleash. So unchain it and create a way to flow ahead.
Running water never grows stale. So you just have to keep on flowing – Bruce Lee