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WISDOM VS KNOWLEDGE | 5.11 | PT001 TO PT006

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IN WOODS OF GOD REALIZATION | VOLUME V | RAMA राम

|| WISDOM VS KNOWLEDGE | 5.11 | PT001 TO PT006 ||

|| 11 | WISDOM VS KNOWLEDGE | WVK | PART 001 ||

" Whoever walks a furlong without sympathy , walks to one's own funeral drest in one's shroud . "

Wisdom and learning are not identical . They are not always on speaking terms . Learning looks backward to the past . Wisdom looks toward the future .

Wisdom has been defined as knowing what one ought to do next . Virtue is doing it .

Wisdom without virtue is a weariness of the flesh . But as volition passes out into action , and science into art , knowledge into power , so does wisdom into virtue .

Where thought does not go over into action and precept into practice , there results mental dyspepsia or spiritual constipation .


IN WOODS OF GOD REALIZATION | VOLUME V | RAMA राम

|| 11 | WISDOM VS KNOWLEDGE | WVK | PART 002 ||

Says an American humorous writer :—

" Ive thought and thought on people and things ,
As a relative of mine used to say ,
If the folks dont work as they pray , by links ,
Why , there aint no use to pray .

If you want something and just dead set ,
A pleading for it with both eyes wet ,
And tears wont bring it ; why you try , sweat ,
As a relative of mine used to say "

The power of safe and accurate response to external conditions is the essential feature of sanity .

Inability to adopt action to need is a character of insanity .

Change or Perish is the grim watchword of Nature . Keep pace with the advancing time and you can survive in the Struggle of Life . India take note !


IN WOODS OF GOD REALIZATION | VOLUME V | RAMA राम

|| 11 | WISDOM VS KNOWLEDGE | WVK | PART 003 ||

The spirit of all practical wisdom is pointed out concisely in the simple and saving advice of Krishna .

" Thy business is with the Action only , never with the reward or merit accruing from it ; let not the fruit of action entangle thee ; nor be thou the slave of inaction . "

" And live in action ! Labour ! Make thine acts .
Thy piety , casting all self aside ,
Condemning gain and merit ; equable
In good or evil , equability
Is yoga , is piety ! "

Be in the struggle ; That is your duty .

A true hero loves engagement as ever a lover wooed one's sweetheart .

In case of death in the field , you bring glory to heaven or Truth ( ie , advance the cause of Evolution and Cosmic Progress by letting the fittest survive ) , and in case of victory also , you let the real Power , Truth shine through you .

In reality you are the Truth that conquers and not this body or that which is consumed in the strife . You are ever victorious . As Truth's self , shine , shine , shine forth as energy of Life .

" Either — being killed —
Thou wilt win heaven's safety , or alive
And victor — thou wilt reign an earthly Ruler .
Therefore , arise thou progenitry of Truth ! brace
Thine arm for conflict , nerve thy heart to meet —
As things alike to thee — pleasure and pain ,
Profit or ruin , victory or defeat .
So minded , gird thee to the fight , for so shalt not sin . "

The true gauge of success being spiritual growth , and not outward gain or loss ; defeat is as glorious as victory .


IN WOODS OF GOD REALIZATION | VOLUME V | RAMA राम

|| 11 | WISDOM VS KNOWLEDGE | WVK | PART 004 ||

" Shah sawar-i-khush , ba maidan amadi , goye bizan . "

O happy noble warrior , you happen to be on the playground ( world ) , hit on ! hit on !

One's strength of character bears a direct proportion to the extent of trials one has undergone .

" Then welcome each rebuff
That turns earth's smoothness rough .
Each sting that bids not sit , nor stand , but go !
Be our joys three parts pain !
Strive and hold cheap the strain ;
Learn , nor account the pang ; dare , never grudge the throe .
For thence a paradox
Which comforts , while it mocks ,
Small life succeed in that it seems to fail . "


IN WOODS OF GOD REALIZATION | VOLUME V | RAMA राम

|| 11 | WISDOM VS KNOWLEDGE | WVK | PART 005 ||

|| VIRTUOUS SPIRIT ||

Waiving all conventionality and superficial mode of talk , and appealing directly to the facts of innermost experience , we see that all wise counsels , rules of conduct , authoritative obligation , categorical imperatives ,

" Thou shalt not " and " Thou shalt " ,

Are only vain efforts to infuse life into one who is not firmly rooted in one's own GODhead , whether consciously or unconsciously ; and these are outside electric charges which can at best but move this muscle or that of the dead carcass , being never capable of inspiring more than a sham life .

" That which is forced is never forcible . "

Unless Love builds the house , they labour in vain , who build it .

It is true that the " miracles of genius " were always " miracles of labour " , but what seems painful labour from the standpoint of others was always a most enjoyable play in the eyes of genius oneself .

That lifeless , insipid work which I ( personal ego ) have to labour out , I better leave alone . If the work does not do itself through you as an efflux of the soul , your strained exertion furnishes but a poor excuse for doing it .

Such dull prosaic work , dragged along by the credit-hunting small illusory self ( egoistic consciousness ) , is described by Shankar as the twine of bondage ( slavery ) .


IN WOODS OF GOD REALIZATION | VOLUME V | RAMA राम

|| 11 | WISDOM VS KNOWLEDGE | WVK | PART 006 ||

A child was merrily whistling in the streets , a police officer objected . The child replied :—

" Do I whistle ? No , it whistles itself . "

Let a nightingale or dove be perched on the top of a stately cypress and full delicious notes begin instantaneously to flow from the bird .

Let the little self be flung into Infinity . May you wake up to your oneness with Light and Love ( Sat-Chit-Ananda ) and immediately the central Bliss will commence springing forth from you in the shape of happy heroic work in both wisdom and virtue . This is inspired life , this is your birthright .

" From oneself one flies
Stands in the sun , and with no partial gaze
Views all creation ; and one loves it all
And blesses it , and calls it very good "

" It is difficult to find happiness in one's self " , says Schopenhaur , " but it is impossible to find it anywhere else . "


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