WISDOM or EYE of Knowledge

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1 Information, Knowledge & Wisdom

‘To have wisdom means to have a vision in life and to be able to see beyond the horizon of mere knowledge. Wisdom is a unique combination of facts and skills. Education should be a process of understanding ourselves primarily and only secondarily as a process to accomplish tasks.’

‘Indian scriptures advise us to go beyond accomplishing tasks and realize that which leads to tranquility and joy. One must make sure that the wisdom one attains is stable.’

‘Information is the basis for knowledge, knowledge is the basis for wisdom, wisdom is the basis for creativity, and creativity is the basis for innovation’.

‘The Katha Upanishad compares the body to a city with eleven gates. The one on the top of the head is the eye of knowledge or the third eye that leads to inner realms housing myriad dimensions of consciousness.'     

2 Some attributes of Wisdom

‘The first mark of a person in steady wisdom is casting off all desires and delighting and being content in one’s true nature, Brahman’. 

‘A man having complete knowledge is one having an extraordinary intellect ie gained through the power of compassion, dispassion, and discrimination, resisting all temptations’.

3 The Buddhist Idea of Prajna

‘Prajna is the sixth parimita, perfection in the Buddha Bodhisattva path. Prajna means wisdom or understanding that extinguished afflictions and brings about enlightenment.'

4 The Brain and the States of the Mind

5 The Third Eye: The Brain’s Pineal Gland

6 Activation of the Third Eye

7 Removal of Worldly Distractions

‘Activation of the third eye, ajna chakra, can be accomplished through meditation. Chakras are nerve centres, vast pool of energies in our bodies governing our psychic powers.’

‘Mastering the art of meditation will help one to activate the ajna chakra through the pineal and the pituitary glands in our brain, to relax and open the mind to all its possibilities’.

‘When the third eye opens, one is no longer pulled by karma, maya, and ego; and one does not return to the former state of consciousness’. 

8 The Glory of Detachment

When Swamiji as Narendranath Dutta approached Sri Ramakrishna seeking a solution to his family’s financial woes, he was sent to pray to the Goddess Kali, so that his distress would be alleviated. But over and again, he could only pray for knowledge, discernment, and renunciation, the best that one can achieve in life. This should be an abject lesson for all of us on what we should truly aspire for in our lives.’

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 This article was first published in the December 2018 issue of Prabuddha Bharata, monthly journal of The Ramakrishna Order started by Swami Vivekananda in 1896. This article is courtesy and copyright Prabuddha Bharata. I have been reading the Prabuddha Bharata for years and found it enlightening. Cost is Rs 180/ for one year, Rs 475/ for three years, Rs 2100/ for twenty years. To know more http://advaitaashrama.org/pbSubscription