Knowledge plays a vital role in all spheres of human life and activity. It is a powerful factor which helps man to attain success, power and position in life. We can’t succeed in doing anything unless we know how it is done. A man who does not know this, makes mistakes and fails. Without knowledge, nobody can hope to possess power. Knowledge and human power are synonymous. There is no doubt that physical strength and money are instruments of power.
A man who is physically strong commands power over others. But the power of knowledge is greater. Knowledge and intelligence can tame and control wild animals and overpower wealthy persons. It is truly said that brain is superior to brawn. Man is the weakest of all animals so far as physical strength is concerned. He is, however a thinking animal. Knowledge directs his actions and enables him to discriminate between right and wrong, good and bad. It helps him to overcome his weaknesses and faults and face dangers and difficulties with courage and confidence. It gives him mental, moral and spiritual advancement.
Besides this, it is through knowledge that man has gained mastery over nature. There was a day when man was in a savage stage. He lived in caves and dens. He was afraid of wild animals. Gradually civilization dawned on human society and man acquired knowledge. With its attainment he became civilized. Now knowledge has made him a rules over nature, the animal kingdom and the kingdom of the human mind. He has obtained mastery over wild beasts; he has harnessed the forces of nature to this needs. He has reached the moon. Nothing remains unknown to him. He has become a great scientist, a nobel artist, a mighty creator of things and a noble path-finder of life.
Advancement of civilization and culture would be impossible without knowledge which plays an important role in the progress of art, literature, philosophy and religion. So knowledge is power. Mighty minds with the power of knowledge can sway the minds of millions. In fact, all the great discoveries and inventions, on which modern life is based, are the result of power of knowledge. The victory on the forces of nature, like water and electricity and the harnessing of these great forces for man’s use have been made possible only through the knowledge of physics. Even development of advanced science, art, culture and civilization all depends upon the power of knowledge. Mysteries of nature have also been yielded to this power of knowledge.
Knowledge also has prevented unnecessary wastage of physical energy and brought an order and economy to its use. Thus discipline, order and economy form the basis of power of knowledge bestowed upon us all. Knowledge has not only given man a mental strength but has taught him how to utilize his physical strength in a better, more disciplined and effective way and get the best output. Great ideals make greatmen. There is no trait more constant in the nature of human beings than his habit of pursuing a knowledge beyond his province. However, greater as is the power of knowledge, more can be the tendency of human mind to misuse it. Knowledge may take away the blessings if one starts feeling more and more proud with strength of knowledge only. There is need to translate the power of knowledge into wisdom.
We must understand the significance of power of knowledge and inspire ourselves to acquire that knowledge which would enable us to find the real truth of life. Knowledge should not become a tool of pride but it must be like human wisdom. Physical power is definitely of the lower order as compared to the power of the mind. With the growth of civilisation and the development of human mind, the mental power came to be recognized as of the most superior order. God has endowed human beings with an intelligent mind and this mind with power of knowledge has achieved for him wonders of the world.