W is for Wisdom

Wisdom and Knowledge are often used interchangeably. But even in the data rich world today. knowledge is information, wisdom is the understanding and application of that knowledge. Simply put,

“Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit. Wisdom is knowing not to put it in a fruit salad.”

Knowledge puts the relevant facts into a framework and produce solutions with logic. But only  with wisdom  can one know  which solution to apply in a given context , what actions to take next. The wise alone can do the right thing in the given situation.

A story again from my seeker journey from a book called Manah Sodhanam to illustrate this :

A Guru (teacher) once told his disciple to repeat a prayer with utmost concentration and single pointedness of the mind. “A Japa (chant) done with a wandering mind is of no use at all”, he cautioned. The disciple sat down only to realise very quickly that his mind  was always roaming. Remembering his Guru’s words, he discontinued his Japa. A little later, the Guru asked him how he was doing with his chant. The disciple  admitted sadly that he stopped, because the Guru told him not to do it with a wandering mind. To which the wise Guru says “But you should have given up the wandering mind , not the chant!!”





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