“The Monk sit’s in silence. Watching as the world go by as if sitting in a train watching through the window. The 87 year-old Guru had unfortunately seen many of life’s trials and error. His students had always bothered him, asking what is wisdom? Lone behold his answer was the same, “You must first have the knowledge to understand the wisdom you gain.”
Sometimes, he had thought, even silence was a better answer. To get the mind to run to all of the corners of the world. Wonder why he had not spoken at all. With the long life he had lived the were a deep understanding that, wisdom is not spoken but rather understood. Constantly evolving with the remedy of observation.
Funny, but true, he had always tested his students by setting up a session of meditation then getting up and walking out of the room. The ones who had followed were asked to leave only to come back tomorrow and try again. Implementing the idea that meditation was about being in tune with yourself, not the world around you and so they would get another attempt.
What Is Wisdom?
This is something that I discuss with myself on a daily basis. Wisdom is a tough word to actually define or put a literal definition onto. The idea comes from many different facets of life including but not limited to the approach situations are observed from, the ability to use knowledge for the greater good of the world itself or even doing nothing at all.
The concept in itself comes in forms that you may never even thought of. You see to know something is different than actually using it in the right manner. Discipline, observation, healthy self-talk and even entering a meditative state requires wisdom and not knowledge. Mining rock from a quarry and bringing it to the town center to be chiseled into a statue is knowledge. Understanding the symbolism portrayed through the statue and the direct meaning of what it signifies is true wisdom.
Having the ability to spontaneously decipher the world around you with precision and an acute accuracy. The constant motion that our world lives in gives us the ability to learn of many subjects but how do we understand it all?
Take a deep breathe today before you yell in anger. Step back and think before you act through impulse. Propose a question to the world before you decide to answer. There are many ways to show your own wisdom and growth. Maturity comes with using knowledge as a guidance rather than a tool.
Those who have knowledge heard together as sheep. The one who obtains wisdom, walks alone.
Question Of The Day
Where can you show your true attainment of wisdom to the world around you? How can you prosper in the world we live in today without knowledge and through wisdom?
Test yourself today. Show the world the wisdom that you have gained through the years of your own growth. As a student of Philosophy I tend to do my best to remain unbiased to any situation throughout the day until I fully understand it. This is a true test to my impulsive nature to jump at every moment I can grab on to. I’m still not perfect at it but the mindfulness in which I do actually try is part of the path to growing.