Knowledge, Understanding, Attainment

Question: Are knowledge and understanding the same?

Answer: Knowledge is simply stuffing data into our memory.

Understanding is when we already know how to use, what to do with that data in a practical manner.

But then there is an even higher level: attainment. It means that we don’t only use the data, but we live with it, “swim” in it, it becomes us, like circulation in a body flowing through cells, organs.

In attainment there is no “me” and some data, knowledge I understand and use. “Me” and the system the data representing become one and the same.

Then I attain Wisdom…


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