There is wisdom in the answers of the Rishi of Miletus (one of the seven sages of ancient Greece) to the sophist’s questions. Asked as to who was the most ancient, the oldest of all, the Rishi said: “The most ancient is God!”
And what is the most beautiful? The Rishi answered: “The Cosmos”. The Cosmos, indeed, is the very pattern of order and law. What is the greatest of all things? And the Rishi said: “Space!” In space are contained all things. And what is the most constant? The Rishi of Miletus said: “Hope”. Hope remains even when other things pass away. And the best of all things? And he answered: “Virtue”. Virtue corresponds to the Indian concept of dharma. Dharma is what “holds”, “regulates” and “rejuvenates”.
What is the quickest of all things? And the Rishi said: “Thought”. Thought travels quicker than light. And what is the strongest of all? And the Sage said: “Necessity!” What is the easiest of all things? “To give advice!” And what is the most difficult of all things? To which the Rishi answered: “To know thyself!” How true! Let everyone ask: “Who am I?” And to explore the mystery of myself should be the foremost pursuit of my life.