THOUGHTS AND APHORISMS
- KARMA - BHAKTI
are two allied powers in man: Knowledge and Wisdom. Knowledge is so
much of the truth, seen in a distorted medium, as the mind arrives
at by groping; Wisdom what the eye of divine vision sees in the
Inspiration is a slender river of brightness leaping from a vast and
eternal knowledge; it exceeds reason more perfectly than reason
exceeds the knowledge of the senses.
When I speak, the reason says, "This will I say"; but God takes the
word out of my mouth and the lips say something else at which reason
I am not a Jnani, for I have no knowledge except what God gives me
for His work. How am I to know whether what I see be reason or
folly? Nay, it is neither; for the thing seen is simply true and
neither folly nor reason.
If mankind only caught a glimpse of what infinite enjoyments, what
perfect forces, what luminous reaches of spontaneous knowledge, what
wide calms of our being lie waiting for us in 1he tracts which our
animal evolution has not yet conquered, they would leave all and
never rest till they had gained these treasures. But the way is
narrow, the doors are hard to force, and fear, distrust and
scepticism are there, sentinels of Nature to forbid the turning away
of our feet from less ordinary pastures.
Late, I learned that when reason died then Wisdom was born; before
that liberation, I had only knowledge.
What men call knowledge is the reasoned acceptance of false
appearances. Wisdom looks behind the veil and sees. Reason fixes
details and contrasts them. Reason divides, Wisdom marries contrasts
in a single harmony.