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The Purpose Of Wisdom

 
The purpose of wisdom is to interpret, explain, elaborate upon and expand knowledge -for without wisdom knowledge becomes nothing other than a series of disjointed and disconnected facts/figures. Thus are the two inextricably linked. Wisdom further dictates that there are categories of knowledge sealed from Man, these belong to the Realm of the Unseen.

As all opposites in the Universe reveal, the Realm of the Seen is merely a pale reflection of the Unseen Realm - from this Place do all things proceed and return. The seeker after the Truth recognizes that the attainment and acquisition of wisdom leads to real understanding of knowledge and all its component parts - those which are seen and those which are not. Thus is the journey of wisdom a lengthy and laborious one

Intelligence and education are not, in and of themselves, evidence of the presence of wisdom. It is not amongst the subjects which are studied or researched nor is it always apparent in the discourse of Man. It may further be said that wisdom is neither restricted nor confined to any particular age group or gender.

Wisdom that is attained through experience is largely centred upon the Self and its communications with the outer/inner worlds. Universal truths are those which Man agrees upon to be both reasonable and sensible - they are acknowledged to be beneficial to his general well-being. For instance, arrogance and jealousy are accepted as being detrimental spiritual characteristics which cause harm/hurt to both the Self and to society. Correspondingly, it is widely known that adultery and murder are vile acts which cause moral destruction/degradation. The presence of wisdom enables Man to both desist and resist - though his current hapless condition suggests a great absence of it.

The Books of Divine Wisdom reveal layers of intricately woven truths upon the fabric of each thing in existence - this fabric is embroidered with flowing lines of light which both reveal and conceal the true nature of Creation/creatures. Without Revelation the true meaning and reason for being/of existence become entirely incomprehensible. If some-thing exists it must, by definition, do so for a reason. Even evil has purpose - for without it the true nature of its opposite - ie., good - could never be either known or appreciated.

Wisdom has the capacity to differentiate between falsehoods and truths, it alone is the determining factor in Man's ability to attain dignity/nobility or descent into depravity and wickedness. It is wisdom which informs Man wherein lies good and bad - but few are there who have ever arrived at a real and abiding understanding of this simple concept.


Al-Quran, Surah 2 Al-Baqarah, Verse 269

YU'TI-L-HIKMATA MAN YASHAA, WA MAN YU'TA-L-HIKMATA FAQAD UTIYA KHAYRAN KATHEERAN, WA MA YADHAKARU ILLAA ULU-L-BAAB.

HE Grants wisdom to whom HE Wills, and he who is granted wisdom is indeed granted abundant good, and none recieves admonition except men of understanding.




The Authorized Version of The Bible,
Edited by John Stirling


Book Of Psalms - Psalm 19
To the chief musician, a Psalm of David

The Heavens declare the Glory of God;
And the firmament showeth HIS handy-work.
2 Day unto day uttereth speech,
And night unto night showeth knowledge.
3 There is no speech nor language,
Where their voice is not heard.
4 Their line is gone out through all the earth,
And their words to the end of the world.
In them hath HE set a tabernacle for the sun,
5 Which is as a bridegroom coming out of his chamber,
And rejoiceth as a strong man to run a race.
6 HIS going forth is from the end of Heaven,
and HIS circuit unto the ends of it:
And there is nothing hid from the heat thereof.

7 The Law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul:
The Testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple.
8 The Statutes of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart:
The Commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes.
9 The Fear of the Lord is clean, enduring for ever:
The Judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether.
10 More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold:
Sweeter also than honey and the honey-comb.
11 Moreover by them is THY servant warned:
And in keeping of them is great reward.
12 Who can understand his errors?
Cleanse THOU me from secret faults.
13 Keep back THY servant also from presumptious sins;
Let them not have dominion over me: then shall I be upright,
And I shall be innocent from the great transgression.
14 Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart
be acceptable in THY Sight,
O Lord, my Strength, my Redeemer.


The Proverbs of Solomon the son of David, King of Isra'el -
First Proverb

2 To know wisdom and instruction;
To percieve the words of understanding;
3 To recieve the instruction of wisdom,
Justice, and judgment, and equity;
4 To give subtlety to the simple,
To the young man knowledge and discretion.
5 A wise man will hear, and will increase learning;
And a man of understanding shall attain unto wise counsels:
6 To understand a proverb, and the interpretation;
The words of the wise and their dark sayings.

7 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge:
But fools despise wisdom and instruction.
8 My son, hear the intruction of thy Father,
and forsake not the law of thy Mother:
9 For they shall be an adornment grace unto thy head,
and chains about thy neck.

10 My son, if sinners entice thee,
Consent thou not.
11 If they say, Come with us,
Let us lay wait for blood,
Let us lurk privily for the innocent without cause:
12 Let us swallow them up alive as the grave;
And whole, as those that go down into the pit:
13 We shall find all precious substance,
We shall find our houses with spoil:
14 Cast in thy lot among us;
Let us all have one purse:
15 My son, walk not thou in the way of them;
Refrain thy foot from their path:
16 For their feet run to evil,
and make haste to shed blood.
17 Surely in vain the net is spread
In the sight of any bird.
18 And they lay wait for their own blood;
They lurk privily for their own lives.
19 So are the ways of every one that is greedy of gain;
Which taketh away the life of the owners thereof.



The beginning of wisdom is the end of desire..

 

Allahu 'Alam

 
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