Wisdom

Radiant Immortal Atman! Beloved seekers! Beloved and blessed children of the Divine! Knowledge is the knowing of the things. Wisdom is the understanding and experiencing of things. Wisdom is to knowledge what a fully ripened fruit would be to a fruit in the beginning stage – without juice, sweetness or fragrance. Knowledge enables you to know many things, but it does not itself make you wise. Knowledge is an intellectual process, but it lacks depth, a quality to impel the knower to be what he knows. That subtle factor which makes knowing into being is a gradual ripening of that knowledge into experience. When knowledge rises above a certain point, it matures into wisdom and gains loftiness, and turns into intuition. Then intuition replaces knowledge and knowing turns into being, and life becomes infused by wisdom.

Swami Chidananda Saraswati

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