Knowledge v/s Knowing – In Gita Verse 2.26 If, however, you think that the soul [or the symptoms of life] will always be born and die forever, you still have no reason to lament, O mighty-armed.
Krishna simply says that your education has no meaning as you are stuck to knowledge and did not transcend the knowledge into knowing. The more you will be in knowledge, the more you will be miserable.
Think about the circumstances in your life, till the time your focus was on the problem you were referring to all the readymade information and creating more trouble and misery for yourself. Watch yourself, was all the readymade information more important than your own thinking? Because, if it’s your own thinking then it’s fear, fear of acceptance, fear of unknown and fear of failure. Also when it’s your own thinking then the whole responsibility is yours.
But in the same circumstances if suddenly your focus changes from problems to solutions immediately everything changes. Because for solutions you need your own thinking.
What exactly has changed is your focus has changed from knowledge to knowing.
With your change of focus from problems to solutions it not only changes knowledge to knowing but also your misery to joy, fulfilment.
When we are running everywhere in the world for silence and bliss. From your own experience question yourself if it is required or our self-alertness and direction of focus is everything we need.
Wisdom does not come from knowledge, it comes from love. Wisdom has nothing to do with logic but it has everything to do with love. Knowledge depends on logic and knowledge can give you a false notion of being, because knowledge is imitative. You can repeat beautiful saying of Jesus, the beatitude, and if you go on repeating them long enough you will start believing, you will auto-hypnotise yourself through continuous repetition. You will start thinking, as if you know, but you don’t know at all.
Jesus is talking from the heart and you are learning and talking from the head — and this difference is vast. The difference is almost unbridgeable, it is so vast. Knowledge is cheap, easily available. One can just go on sitting in a library and go on collecting knowledge. Man has so great a memory that it is said a single man’s memory system can contain all the libraries of the world. No computer has been yet evolved which can really compete with man’s memory system. It is almost unlimited and it can create such a great illusion of being wise.
Wisdom is a totally different phenomenon. It comes through love, it grows in the heart, it is a heart flower.
Knowledge vs Knowing:
Knowledge and knowing – they are as different as heaven and hell, earth and the sky, so the first thing to understand is the difference between knowledge and knowing.
Knowledge is never of the present, it is always of the past. The moment you say you know it is already a dead thing, it has already left its marks on the memory, it is like dust clinging to you. You have already moved away from that.
Knowing is always immediate, knowing is here and now. You cannot say anything about it, you can only be it. The moment you speak of it, even knowing becomes knowledge; that’s why all those who have known, they say it cannot be said. The moment you speak of it the very nature of it changes; it has become knowledge. It is no more the beautiful alive phenomenon of knowing.
Knowing has no past, it has no future, it has only the present. And remember, present is not part of time.
Krishna tells Arjuna that right now your knowledge is taking you away from the present moment. Return to the present moment and immediately you will remember your assignment which has nothing to do with your logical thinking and arguments.