Higher Knowledge and Wisdom

Yoga Sutra 1:49 shruta anumana prajnabhyam anya-vishaya vishesha-arthatvat

Knowledge is not wisdom. Wisdom is different from knowledge based on logic, and knowledge from authoritative sources such as scriptures because it relates directly to the specifics of the object, while wisdom is direct spiritual experience of Consciousness - it is subject based.

This sutra further clarifies the distinction between intellectual and intuitive knowledge known as wisdom. Wisdom does not come from books, nor is it an attribute of formal institutions in modern education. Wisdom is not that which is expounded by authority, nor is it something that resides in any form that can be imparted via the five senses, and later recalled from memory.

Wisdom cannot be taught to you by a preacher teacher, or professor – a qualified Guru though, may be able to bestow a glimpse of it upon you should they choose. Wisdom is the revelation of truth, which must be personally experienced. There is no wisdom that is apart from you. It is the Self in you.

Wisdom is a system, a way of knowing that is different from the everyday manner in which we absorb information. Wisdom comes in a state of no mind.

Wisdom is downloaded in chunks instantaneously, instead of the linear sequential manner in which we take in everyday information such as reading, looking at images, or listening. Wisdom does not use the five senses of perception to make itself known to you. It is a resident that can only be deciphered through the higher senses of insight, instinct, and intuition.

Every proton has a holographic imprint of the entire cosmos stamped on it and we have access to all that information, not to mention the information in the holographic whole. On the fabric of space and time is stamped both, the nonsense of mortals, and the wisdom of reality.

Material reality is an extension of space slowed down to a frequency that can be perceived by the psyche (body and mind) inhabiting a three-dimensional reality. If you throw in time - that is if you relate to yourself as the body, which most of us do - in that case, time will become the only meaningful commodity because you only have a finite amount of it. There is no concept of time and space in Consciousness – or the state of Oneness as unified reality.

With each breath, you are dying. In which case, it becomes important to ask how the moment between each inhalation and exhalation was utilized. What were you creating, or destroying for that matter? In the end, whichever way you lean, you either enhance yourself or devour all that you are.

THE JOURNEY TOWARDS WISDOM

Wisdom cannot be had by one who has not prepared the faculty of the soul to the level at which higher levels of knowing is bestowed. There are levels of knowing, and then there is Supreme wisdom in which one abides in their true nature as Consciousness.

You have no say in how wise you are entitled to be. It is only mother nature who determines what level of wisdom and for which purpose is she going to crown you Hero. The purpose is usually the Duty for which you took birth, and the wisdom imparted, will be specific to the work you need to do. That which comes to you as wisdom, is what will remain in this world as your creation, the validation of which, will be stamped on your soul as your level of evolution. This certificate of evolution will determine your next reincarnation.

By evolution, I do not mean material achievement because that is accumulation, not creation. Accumulation is a survival mechanism that propels humans to horde. For many it is an addiction that is the cause of all the suffering we witness in this world. It is an attribute of the Rajasic mind and leads to anger, lust, and greed. In such a mind, there is no possibility for wisdom.

THE WISDOM AND THE HERO

Joseph Campbell, an American mythological researcher explains the journey taken by the rare few upon whom wisdom is bestowed. They are usually considered abnormal compared to the standards set by society. These seekers initially do not know much about how their life will turn out, as a matter of fact, most of them during their lives seem lost, and things seem chaotic for them.

During their initial journey, they are usually called away from the ordinary world. After all, fantastic quests don’t happen in close quarters. Heroes must be removed from their typical environment, this is almost always a must. Most heroes – those who manage to rise towards wisdom - show a reluctance to leave their home, their friends, and their life to go on a journey. But in the end, they accept their destiny with great reluctance.

ENTERING THE UNKNOWN

As they embark on their journey, they must enter a world they have never experienced before. Very often it is filled with supernatural creatures good and evil, tempting tastes, sounds, and sights, and the constant threat of death. Unlike the heroes’ home, this outside world has its own rules, and they quickly acquaint themselves with these rules as their endurance, strength, and mettle are tested time and time again. After all, it is not the end which teaches, but the journey itself. It is not the outcome that determines evolution, but rather the process.

THE GUIDE

Heroes are almost always started on their journey by a character who has mastered the laws of the outside world, and who comes back in one form or another to bestow necessary qualifications upon the seeker.

This supernatural character often gives them the means to complete the quest. Some of the time the gift is simply wisdom. Other times, it is what may seem like supernatural powers. In every instance, it is something the hero, or seeker, needs to succeed. As Campbell says, “One has only to know and trust, and the ageless guardians will appear.”

It is important to remember that the job of the supernatural assistor is to give the hero/seeker what they need to finish the quest—not finish it for them.

ALLIES/HELPERS

Every seeker needs a helper, much like every hero needs a sidekick. Without the assistance of their companions and helpers along the way, most heroes would fail miserably.

Often times, the enemies the seeker faces end up playing the role of assistors because the obstacles the enemies of the hero put in their path end up making the hero stronger and highly insightful.

Sometimes, these helpers do not need to be people, they can be insights in meditations, or tools that enable the Seeker to develop solutions that will empower them to go towards higher wisdom.

TESTS & THE SUPREME ORDEAL

The seeker progresses through a series of tests, or obstacles that make them stronger, preparing them for their final showdown. At long last they reach the Supreme Ordeal, the obstacle they have journeyed so far to overcome.

All the heroes’ training and toil comes into play now. The journey has hardened them, and it’s time for them to show their prowess. Once this obstacle is overcome, the tension will be relieved. The worst is passed, and the quest, while not officially over, has succeeded. The outcome may not necessarily be what we know as a win – something tangible. It usually is an evolution in consciousness – something intangible, or a change in system. Awakening of an awareness or advocacy surrounding a cause.

REWARD AND THE JOURNEY HOME

Typically, there is a reward given to heroes for passing the Supreme Ordeal. It could be Divine Bliss, or the power of omniscience. It could be the Holy Grail or supernatural abilities.

Whatever it is, it is a reward for the heroes’ courage and fortitude. For some, like Gandhi, Christ, and Martin Luther King, their gift to the world, and their evolution of soul is their reward. To be honest, that is the only reward that has any meaning for most, and understandably so.

After the Supreme Ordeal, and having the reward of wisdom and realization in hand, all that is left is for them is to return home, back to God. Just because the majority of the adventure has passed, doesn’t mean that the return journey will be smooth sailing. There are still lesser homebound obstacles to overcome. There are temptations, slipping back into past patterns of behaviour, and the traps of being wanted and liked.

All these are still present in the world (Maya) and ready to pounce on the adept at the slightest sight of weakness in resolve. Evil has many faces with which to tempt.

In the end, the normal desires and fears of the seeker is converted into spirit and strength. The seven old sages (Saptarishi’s), who developed and treasured the rite of passage through which the subtle and elusive power called wisdom would appear and disappear, do not hold their breath for the next seeker because they know how few and far in between - these so called "foolish people", as referred to by the world - are in existence at any given point in time.

  • Yoga Sutra 1:49 shruta anumana prajnabhyam anya-vishaya vishesha-arthatvat
  • shruta - testimony, heard, learned, from tradition

  • prajnabhyam - from those kinds of knowledge

  • anya-vishaya - having different objects

  • vishesha-arthatvat - relating to particular objects, purpose, or significance