Wednesday, 18 June 2014
Written by Mathew Naismith
I think the following link, quite well I thought, shows the difference between knowledge and wisdom, the link shows a teacher’s and there students response in exploring the difference between knowledge and wisdom .
This might not seem important to know but at times it’s handy to know what was written as knowledge and what was written as wisdom. The reason this is handy is so we don’t misconstrued what is written in the first place. I feel a lot of old text in particular has been misconstrued because of the way they were read and deciphered, were these texts written as knowledge, wisdom or even divine wisdom? This will define how we read these texts to get a better understanding for ourselves.
Before I go on I think it’s wise if we give a brief dictionary definition of knowledge and wisdom here as I feel this will assist us in understanding more the difference between wisdom and knowledge.
Wisdom is the ability to think and act using knowledge, experience, understanding, common sense, and insight.
Knowledge is a familiarity, awareness or understanding of someone or something, such as facts, information, descriptions, or skills, which is acquired through experience or education by perceiving, discovering, or learning.
I believe there is of course another definition that also needs to be considered here, that is eternal divine wisdom. Because human knowledge is time based, in other words created through time, human knowledge is limited to time as indeed so is any wisdom gained from time however divine wisdom isn’t limited to time, it is timelessness so it has no limitations unlike human wisdom. There is also something else to be considered here, I believe a lot of old and new texts and writings are written from wisdom that isn’t limited by time, in other words it’s of divine in nature. I think the bible, kabbalah, Mayan text and so on are of this limitless divine wisdom, the problem is we can mistakenly read this as being of knowledge only and not of wisdom and certainly not divine wisdom.
Take an atheist for example, they will read the bible, Koran, Torah and so forth as being of knowledge only and a lot of believers will read these texts as wisdom but there are others who read these same texts as being of divine wisdom, a wisdom not limited by time itself. So could anyone pick up these texts and just read them as being of divine wisdom? I believe most definitely not, not to decipher them correctly anyway, one needs to first be able to think in timelessness because let’s face it, we are reading something of timelessness not of time; this isn’t of man’s knowledge or even wisdom but divine wisdom we are talking about here. No wonder atheists have no idea, it’s really not their fault as they can’t read anything beyond of time!!
The following links just might help you think out of time and really open your mind up to what you are actually reading. Once you start to think out of time, and even space, a whole new world of understanding will flurry into your world, it will feel like a totally different more vibrant dimension.
Note: You will have to choose which link suits you best as they give quite a different view on the matter of thinking beyond time.
Why do people meditate? I feel it is to break away from thinking in time because while we are thinking in time we are thinking chaotically to one extent or another but once we meditate, time has no relevance, the chaos within our thoughts disappear. This is the reason why we don’t think we think when in mediation, it’s of timeless thought, it’s also more about wisdom than knowledge I believe. I also believe meditation is one of the better ways to learn to think out of time in everyday life.
Note: Please don’t take anything I have written here as gospel, it’s really my own personal view on this topic that’s all……