I communed with mine own heart, saying, Lo, I am come to great estate, and have gotten more wisdom than all they that have been before me in Jerusalem: yea, my heart had great experience of wisdom and knowledge.
And I gave my heart to know wisdom, and to know madness and folly: I perceived that this also is vexation of spirit.
For in much wisdom is much grief: and he that increaseth knowledge increaseth sorrow.
WHERE in the catchment there is surplus there becomes overspill, and equally so may a man be overwhelmed with information that he may not contain any of it long enough to begin the assimilative analysis and comprehension thereof.
For why is it that some have nil capacity toward new thought and subsequent discovery, whilst others may advance with moderate ease? Attitudes and perspective are of great account; physiology also will determine perimeters of accomplishment, however all men are capable of a certain amount of clear and concise thinking, which becomes the mainstay to any investigation and any gathering of practical thought.
The greater difficulty arresting the student is that of distraction, rather than lack of actual ability. He or she is bemused by fleeting concerns, called hither and thither and relishing the free aspect of the mind's frolic; and it is this unstable flippancy that we may learn to quiet in meditation, that all learning itself need not be as 'free-falling' by nature or in consequence.
The necessity for straight knowledge has been doubted for many centuries. And oddly enough, it has been the scholar and the adept which have most fervently argued the case against. For knowledge unlike wisdom, expires and consumes the man in the learning. There is a price, there is a forfeit, there is a giving on behalf of he who seeks to obtain that certain knowledge. You are surprised? It is not as sinister or untoward as it may first sound. Perhaps we might be best to start at the beginning.
When Men were dumb and thoughts hung in the air unattached and unused by the soul-spirits amongst them, there was an understanding, an ordinary spiritual perspective, which enabled the men to comprehend quite completely - much as we still do in various phases after death and just prior to birth also.
This innate comprehension was indelibly marked within the then new constitution. The heart/soul of a Man had immediate access into the great truths of cosmic reality, and this understanding gave the memory of eons to each every individual, who then were as one ego so combined: split and differing souls, but with unrealized egohood, all sharing the similar realities and experiences in being.
One may look at the peace surrounding the beast or even the plant in the tightly-bound acceptance of who and what they are. The stretch to know more simply is not struggled with; adaptations [in plant and beast] have arisen largely because of such compliances, not for want or willing or self-direction.
When Men came to adopt knowledge they did so forsaking their heavenly inheritance of innate wisdom. The two may not actively coincide. Therefore the great masters who, having come up through those streams of thought, did make this discovery: that the price for these acquisitions was expensive to the very soul which sought them- expensive but not valueless.
This is the point we should best like to maintain. The type and quality of the knowledge (for all knowledge is empirically different) shall be the final deciding element in the proper advancement of the studious soul.
The very aversion to clear thinking may well be a result of an intuitive alarm which may not be formalized in actual recognition by the individual, however they are fearful of becoming wrongly involved, entangled and entwined with that which is before them. It is also that they discern that there is a 'loss' within of that 'unformed wisdom' every time their effort to know is provoked.
However and conversely, it can be also that it is as death to the soul not to advance cunningly into the realm of knowledge, for as times permit, the ways of men demand such change by decree of those forerunner souls, lofty and wise, who have survived knowledge and regained their wisdoms twice over.
Knowledge is tangible; it is the glue of the entire physical world. There is more determined obstinacy in the meet and makeover of certain knowledge than in the physical fabric of mineral or organism. For each and every knowable is unchangeable.
The nature of knowledge is limitation - confined to a set definition, and is precisely what it is. It is also astrality, for it is not what it resembles, but is the likeness, the image, that we hold.
Wisdom is the gateway link, the path direct to the reality that we combine with. It is therefore a living connection and interrelation between ourselves - via the heart - and that to which the wisdom connects us to. This is why we have encouraged the student to be able to come to both comprehensions in being. If we inspire the essential wisdoms and stimulate such further wonders as do elevate the soul, then the individual may begin to seek out such material knowledge as is desirable and profitable to the soul also.