Saturday, December 04, 2010

Lesson 11
In the last lesson we learned: ‘Man’s nature is governed by the thoughts that arise in him…so even though a man of knowledge may know the technique of action, it is not easy for him to follow it…’
Let us learn more about knowledge, but before that let us keep in mind that being knowledgeable is not necessarily being wise.
In the Inuit tradition, a person becomes wise when they could see what needed to be done and did it successfully without being told what to do.
In Mesopotamia the god Enki represented wisdom and intelligence and wisdom was achieved by restoring balance.
Confucius held that wisdom can be got in 3 ways- imitation, the easiest; reflection the noblest; and experience, often the bitterest.
Plato reached the understanding that those who claimed to know did not really know, or knew far less than what they claimed.
Socrates we are told is wise because he unlike others does not consider himself wise.
Refined thinking involves becoming more aware, informed, interested, discerning.
Processing feelings requires being less reactive and more responsive, letting feelings touch but not direct us.
Wise beings embody the essence of wisdom that is discernment.
Discernment of what’s right from wrong, just from unjust, wholesome from destructive, truth from delusion.
These wise beings are usually regarded as compassionate towards others, content in themselves.
Inspired by Marguerite Theophil

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