A young man asked Socrates the secret to success.

Socrates told the young man to meet him near the river the next morning.

They met.

Socrates asked the young man to walk with him toward the river.

When the water got up to their neck, Socrates took the young man by surprise and ducked him into the water.

The boy struggled to get out but Socrates was strong and kept him there until the boy started turning blue.

Socrates pulled his head out of the water and the first thing the young man did was to gasp and take a deep breath of air.

Socrates asked, ‘What did you want the most when you were there?”

The boy replied, “Air.” Socrates said, “That is the secret to success.”


There is no other secret.!

Drop The Knowledge


In the middle of such suffocation no knowledge can work. Unless you drop all the knowledge and act then only you will get success. Don’t be under the impression that unless we go mad and crazy after the success then only we will get success NO unless at that time we are ready to drop all our knowledge then only we will get success. Means learn to drop the knowledge but not the wisdom to act, this is the key.

Knowledge has given you certain wisdom to act, it’s like this when we pass from one standard and move to next standard we don’t carry with us the syllabus but definitely we carry the wisdom to learn. Same is in the life. When you set up goal and you want to achieve successfully then remember your student days how you have drop the syllabus and carried the wisdom – in the life every moment brings new reality and new opportunity. To pick up new opportunity for our goal we need to become wise and not knowledgeable.

Knowledge is not knowledge. It has the appearance of knowledge, hence it deceives many. Knowledge is only information. It does not transform you; you remain the same.

Your accumulation of information goes on growing. Rather than liberating you, it burdens you, it goes on creating new bondages for you.

Knowledge is a way for ignorance to protect itself – and it protects itself very cunningly, very efficiently, very cleverly. Knowledge is the enemy although it appears as the friend.

This is the first step towards wisdom: to know that you don’t know, to know that all knowledge is borrowed, to know that it has not happened to you, it has come from others, that it is not your own insight, your own realization. The moment knowledge is your own realization, it is wisdom.

Wisdom means that you are not a parrot, that you are a man, that you are not repeating others but expressing yourself, that you are not a carbon copy, that you have an original face of your own.

Learning from story Secret To Success: Drop The Knowledge

Experience Learning

Knowledge makes you a carbon copy, and to be a carbon copy is the ugliest thing in the world. That is the greatest calamity that can happen to a man – because knowing not and yet believing that you know, you will remain always ignorant and in darkness.

And whatsoever you do is going to be wrong. You may be able to convince even others that you know, you may be able to strengthen your ego, you may become very famous, you may be known as a great scholar, a pundit, but deep down there is nothing but darkness. Deep down you have not yet encountered yourself, you have not yet entered in the temple of your being.

The ignorant is in a far better situation. At least he has no pretensions, at least he is not deceiving others and himself. And ignorance has a beauty – the beauty of simplicity, the beauty of uncomplicatedness. To know that “I don’t know” immediately brings a great relief. To know, to experience, one’s utter ignorance fills one with great wonder – the existence is transformed into a mystery.

And that’s what God is all about. To know the universe as a miracle, as a mystery, as something unbelievable, as something impenetrable – as something before which you can only bow down in deep gratitude, you can only surrender in awe – is the beginning of wisdom.

Socrates is right when he says: I know only one thing – that I don’t know at all.

To be wise is not to be knowledgeable. To be wise means to realize something of your consciousness – first within and then without; to feel the pulsation of life within you and then without. To experience this mysterious consciousness that you are, first one has to experience it in the innermost core of one’s being, because that is the closest door to God.

Once you have known it within, it is not difficult to know it without. But remember: the wise man never accumulates knowledge – his wisdom is spontaneous. Knowledge always belongs to the past, wisdom belongs to the present. Remember these distinctions. Unless you understand the difference very clearly between knowledge and wisdom, you will not be able to understand these sutras of Gautama the Buddha. And they are tremendously important.

Knowledge comes from the past, from others, from scriptures.

Buddha has said:

My transmission of truth is beyond the scriptures. What I am saying, what I am imparting, what I am communing, is not written anywhere, has not been spoken anywhere – in fact, cannot be spoken at all, cannot be written at all. It is transferred in deep silence between the master and the disciple: it is a love affair. Wisdom is contagious. It is not taught, remember; you can receive it but it cannot be given to you.

You can be open and vulnerable to it, you can be in a state of constant welcoming, and that’s how a disciple sits by the side of the master – ready to drink, ready to allow the master to penetrate his very heart. In the beginning it is painful, because the master’s consciousness penetrates you like a sharp arrow – only then it can reach to your very core. It hurts.


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