Equal to the attentive watchfulness implied by pratiikshate (yesterday's post), there is shravanam - alert and attentive listening. More on that over time, but whilst thinking upon this connection, it occurred to me how many folk simply do not listen to actually learn anything - or at the very least honour the speaker and taking on board properly all that is said before asking questions.
So many people come to philosophical discourses, in particular, but subjects of any form really, with the idea that they themselves carry a certain level of expertise and, therefore, they have nothing else to learn. Many attend meetings of all sorts of notions they have set in their own cement and simply cannot crack themselves open to allow in a little more knowledge.
That is a shame, don't you think?