Everything cannot be said or expressed. Wisdom is one such thing. It is deep and awakened only when one realizes completely that all that we see, feel and experience is not real, it only “appears to be”. This appearance of the world, cannot be assumed purely through the words of the scriptures or simple acceptance. Only when the realization is deep, can it be “SEEN”.
Faith is an important aspect of wisdom, though faith and wisdom may seem to be unconnected. Nevertheless, this is true. When one is on the platform that the “world is not real”, one automatically qualifies to be called “wise”. But who can call somebody wise? Only a man of wisdom can recognize the other wise man. The actions of wisdom cannot be measured. A wise man is usually, a man of few words. Absorption is an attribute of wisdom. When the mind is free of any opinions or distortions, all actions and even thoughts emerge from the core of the being. None of the thoughts are then opinions or hunches. It emanates for Truth. This state of being, is attained only when one is committed to Truth. It happens only when there is genuine seeking.
Wisdom is not an ideology that is dependent on time, place, and circumstance. It is universal in nature. To hone wisdom, one needs to take a humble position. This is vital. We are often driven by instincts, which are inferior by nature. This is one of the major impediments in the cultivation of wisdom. If one becomes an observer; if one practices contemplation, thoughts get ironed out and refined. Inner purification is an important aspect of the development of wisdom. The tendency to Lord over other people or trounce the other person’s position, is an act of intellectual savagery. This tendency proliferates only in a person who is unwise in all respects.
The best way to develop wisdom is by giving respect to others and considering oneself as a servitor of the world. This can be the very first step. When a person even takes this position mentally, the practice has the capacity to break one’s gross, false conceptions about the world and about oneself. In the Indian Vaishnava traditions, it is a common practice to consider “oneself humbler than a blade of grass”. Such an approach is an elixir in the development of wisdom. Again, there seems to be no connection between wisdom and humility. Nevertheless, this is cent percent true. Enlightenment shall verily be the fruit of wisdom.
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