Knowledge is not the same as wisdom. Knowledge is logical. Wisdom is intuitive. Knowledge is acquired through accumulation. Wisdom is unveiled through experience. Knowledge fills our cup. Wisdom empties it. Knowledge leads to bondage. Wisdom leads to freedom. Knowledge is effort. Wisdom is stillness. Knowledge is of the mind. Wisdom is of the self.
Knowledge is an identity-perpetuating strategy. When we accumulate knowledge, we feed our inner turmoil. We feed our minds with ideas, which eventually become excuses—means to perpetuate our identification with our lives, our problems, our concerns. When we accumulate knowledge, this “me” we think ourselves to be is strengthened: like a magnet, it attracts new ideas and concepts. And, much like an overburdened sun, it is doomed to collapse due to its gravitational power struggles. With knowledge come more reasons to be fragile, more worries, more suffering, more positions to defend.
Wisdom includes knowledge and much more. With wisdom, there’s nothing to defend, nothing to be afraid of, because there’s no one there to defend anything and no one to feel that fear. Wisdom is always at the right place at the right time. Wisdom always knows what to do when the moment is ripe. Wisdom is our destiny. And awareness of wisdom is our greatest gift. It leads us to relaxation, it leads us to peace, it leads us to a sense of wonderment, it leads us to utter bliss.