from Medium Website
It is sitting in awareness, free from distraction,
and realizing the clear understanding
that arises from
What do I mean by this? Many people think of wisdom and knowledge as the same thing.
Many educational institutions, scientists, artists and others simply believe that the more knowledge they acquire, the smarter they'll be. People spend lifetimes trying to conquer knowledge at the expense of wisdom.
In spending more and more time working with computers, it seems humans have started to believe that they themselves function similarly to computers.
The more information they
can fit into their heads, the better - or so they think...
Time doesn't objectively
make anyone smarter and it certainly doesn't make anyone wiser.
Access to this
information may give people the appearance of being better informed,
but it doesn't make them wiser.
Young people in America today are not all that religious. If they are religious, it's rare that they are spiritual. Religion has been pitted against knowledge and, as always, the popular arguments against religion rarely take into account the valuable wisdom that can be produced by spiritual experience.
Even meditators often just start because they think meditation is going to make them calmer and more productive.
A mere century of
industrialization and modernization has convinced people that man's
highest consciousness is productive consciousness. What an odd
paradox that as man moves towards material satisfaction and comfort
he finds himself further and further away from spiritual life.
You can spend your life
holed up in the Ivory Tower at a respected university reciting the
same old lecture on Wittgenstein ad infinitum till kingdom come, but
that doesn't make you wise.
The things that you truly know, not facts or statistics or even things that can be expressed though language, are already in you waiting to be uncovered by your attention.
Spiritual experience is the process of recognizing this innate wisdom.
Compassion comes when we recognize that others have this wisdom and can access it, if they wish. Sitting and reflecting often requires a certain humility and calmness.
When we stand back and give ourselves some respect and some space, wisdom emerges.
It comes in the quiet
periods after thoughts begin to fade away...