Wednesday, October 20, 2010

III: 40

Chapter 3, Verse 40

"Rajasic desire stands firmly
In the senses and the mind,
Obscuring wisdom
And perplexing the embodied Self."

Paramahansa Yogananda:

"When the senses and the mind are wet with the waters of material desire, like water-soaked matches, they fail to produce the spark of wisdom. When Yogis meditate deeply and dissolve perception and thought in stillness, the Sun rises from the surrounding gloom."

Srila Prabhupada:

"Mind is the center of all activities of the senses, and it becomes a reservoir for everything pertaining to sense gratification. As a result, the mind and the senses become repositories of lust. The spirit soul becomes addicted to the enjoyment of material objects, mistaking this enjoyment for true happiness."

A friend:

"There's always a gray area between knowledge and wisdom. The two words are often used interchangeably. The accumulation of knowledge can bring you close to the simple truth. But the experiencing of the truth moves you to toss out all the facts and figures you've collected, because they're obscuring your view. When a clear view of the truth is before you, you've attained wisdom."

[I used to differentiate between book knowledge and the kind of truth-experience you are talking about with the use of capital letters...knowledge and Knowledge. This use of capitals soon spilled over into other areas, and I found myself using capital letters so much that it became ridiculous. So I cut out capital letters for most everything except for God, the Self, etc.; and that is when I substituted "wisdom" for "Knowledge." It's not a perfect fit perhaps, but when we accept the limitations of words, it will do.]

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