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Tuesday, December 30, 2014

WHAT IS WISDOM ?

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Being advanced in spiritual life means, fully ripened with wisdom. In fact, it has no fixed meaning. It is a summation of your matured conduct at every moment. Whenever, I think of wisdom, this quote of American educator and writer David Starr Jordan (1851-1931) resonates my mind:

“Wisdom is knowing what to do next, skill is knowing how to do it, and virtue is doing it.”

Jordan's definition of wisdom is 150% correct. Your decision-making ability is directly linked to the wisdom you accumulate in life. Age is not a barometer, rather it is your intensity of effort. Being too much bookish is of no avail to you. Unless you are pragmatic with your knowledge, it will not elevate you.
Generally, we judge others constantly, and if such energies are diverted inward for our personal growth, no doubt that life exuberates with joy.

Wisdom means feeling blessed at all the times both in happy and sorrow moments. Each of us is unique and it is better not to fall into comparison mania every time, especially on material things.

This inquisitiveness to ripen with wisdom is always the background activity of my mind. Recently, I read an article based on Osho's lectures. Osho says that

The more one moves towards one's centre, the nearer one comes to the essential. As we move towards the periphery, we move towards coincidence. The more we talk about external happenings, the more there is the coincidence. When we talk about inner phenomena, things begin to appear scientific, as if based on a certain law, and they become increasingly decisive.

He says that between these two conditions - the essential and the peripheral - there is ample room for changes through the exercise of choice. He, a person of knowledge makes the correct choice, while a person who is without knowledge, who is in the darkness of ignorance, drifts to his destiny.

Wisdom means standing at a vantage point where there is no superior or inferior. It is simply respecting life in whatever form it is.

Real growth starts only when your physical growth stops. Up to 30 -35 hormones hijack you, but as their impact dies down only in the 40s, man slides into the contemplative mode. Wisdom is the compass for proper direction in life. It is simply not adding years to life but reaching the ultimate goal: Happiness. This possibility is available for each of us being humans!









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