Saturday, February 19, 2011

The concept of wisdom as flashed on the f.b. on Feb.19,2011.

Bishwa Nath Singh

Over the years I have been harbouring the wrong notion on wisdom. I was under the impression that knowledge is wisdom and I am sure that there are very many others who think the same way. Wisdom is a three step process.. There are three words closely related to each other but are not properly understood. They are knowledge, understanding and wisdom.


(Picture of Goddess Saraswati who is also known as Goddess of Learning and Wisdom)


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Bishwa Nath Singh :
People generally think that they are the same; I was on the same boat too. But here's the real meaning of each – Knowledge is Information, Understanding is Comprehension and Wisdom is Application. Truly speaking, in nut-shell, wisdom is kno...wledge that is understood and applied! It's a three-step process – Gaining Knowledge, Understanding it and then applying it. One can have knowledge and not apply it. One can have understanding of the knowledge, but not apply it. For true wisdom to present itself, one needs to follow all three steps. A Professor of Medicine of a Medical Institution very well knows that smoking a cigarette is unwise, because he has the knowledge, has the understanding of the effects of smoking, but is not applying it. So the starting point of wisdom is gathering of knowledge. The next step is to ensure that one has the skills and capacity to understand that knowledge. And finally, one needs to cultivate the courage to apply it in practical life. It was rightly quoted by Albert Einstein who had once said that wisdom is not a product of schooling but of the lifelong attempt to acquire it.

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Anil Kuma:
Thank you sir for the meaningfull explanation of the word knowledge & wisdom.

Fatima Syed Fatim:
‎"Knowlege applied and lived out in everyday Life turns into Wisdom.....otherwise, it is just another bunch of words."


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