Question - Osho, What is True Wisdom?
Osho - Prem Samadhi, WISDOM CANNOT BE TRUE OR UNTRUE. Wisdom is simply wisdom. It is truth. There is no possibility of there ever being an untrue wisdom. All knowledge is untrue: all wisdom is true. Knowledge is borrowed, hence it is untrue. It is yours, that's why is it untrue. It may have been true to the person who imparted it to you. The Buddha talking to his disciples is talking wisdom, but the moment it reaches the disciples it becomes knowledge. Wisdom falls from its heights to the level of the listeners and becomes knowledge.
Hence Buddhas have always been very much aware that
they impart something of their presence, something of their silence,
something of their joy, rather than imparting their wisdom. Even if they
have to talk, they talk only in order to persuade you to be silent. Even
if they use words, those words are used to create a wordless state of
consciousness in you.
Wisdom is intrinsically true because it is an
existential experience. It is not something known from others, it is not
something gathered from the scriptures; it is something that grows in
your heart. It is a growth, not an accumulation. It is experience, not
Mind is interested in knowledge not in wisdom, because for wisdom you will have to create a space called no-mind. And, naturally, mind is afraid of your ever becoming interested in wisdom, because mind does not want to commit suicide. Sannyas is a suicide of the mind, so is meditation, so is wisdom. These are different names for the same phenomenon, different aspects of the same diamond.
Knowledge depends on words. You can easily become knowledgeable by sitting in a library, but you cannot become wise that way. To become wise you will have to be in communion with a wise man. For knowledge all that is required of you is that you should be a student, that you should be full of questions, inquiries; you should be able to learn from scriptures, books, teachers, universities, libraries. Your memory becomes more and more rich, your biocomputer becomes full of information, but wisdom is not arrived at that way.
Wisdom is more or less a love affair with Master. One has to be a disciple, not only a student. The student keeps a distance from the Master. For him the Master is only a teacher; he is interested in the Master because of his teaching. Really he is interested in the teaching, not in the being of the Master. The disciple is not interested in teaching because one thing he has come to understand: that knowledge can be taught but wisdom can only be caught.
Wisdom is contagious. You have to be available to a
Master, to his being. He has become afire, your candle of the heart is
still unlit; if you become available to the fire of the Master you can
also become a lit candle, you can also become aflame.
Beware of learning, otherwise you may never become
wise. To be knowledgeable is very easy; it is not risky, it is safe. To
move into the dimension of wisdom is risky; it is going into the
unknown, into the uncharted. Great courage is needed, guts are needed.
And when you have tasted something of wisdom, knowledge looks so stupid,
so utterly stupid. But if you have not tasted anything of wisdom,
knowledge seems to be of tremendous value.
In the hands of a meditative person words can become of infinite value, because they can be indicators. But in the hands of non-meditators words are dangerous, very dangerous, because the spirit is completely missed and one starts believing in the hollow, empty word, and one starts following the word.
That is what is happening to the Christians, to the Hindus, to the Mohammedans, to the Jainas, to the Buddhists -- all are believers in words. Somebody believes in the Koran and somebody in the Gita and somebody in the Bible, and they ALL are missing the spirit. Because to know the spirit of the Bible, you will have to come to certain inner spaces where you become acquainted with Moses, with Jesus.... Unless you have a direct, inner contact with Moses and Jesus you will not understand the Bible.
But following the word you may look Very important --
to people who are just like you, not different in any way. They also
believe in words, you also believe in words; both live in the same kind
of ignorance. This is not wisdom. Wisdom is an interior phenomenon. It
is the discovery of the spirit of all the Buddhas. And there is no need
to go into the history of the Buddhas. You have only to go within
yourself, because you contain the whole past of existence, the infinite
past, and you also contain the infinite future.
Source - Osho Book "Be Still and Know"