University of California at Berkeley,
Professor Sherri Roush’s class on Epistemology
Sep 24, 2010 (Part 3 of 9)
From the Vedic perspective, knowledge must be received from higher authority, even the most ordinary knowledge. Like if I ask, “How many people in this room know who is their mother and father?”, everyone will say, “Yes, I know,” but if I then ask, “How do you know?” You were not present when conception took place. You have accepted it on the authority of someone, either your mother, your father, your brother, your sister. But to know anything, even the most ordinary affairs, we accept some authority.