Three Steps to Wisdom

winter-lantern-snow-spruces.jpgJyana yoga, the path of wisdom says there are three steps to wisdom. The first is listen to knowledge that is being imparted to you, that’s called “shravana.”

The second step is to contemplate it, process it using the tools of the intellect, turning it in the mind; that’s called “manana,” 

And the third step is nididhyasana, which means that you need to assimilate it. Not just understand it from reflection, but assimilate it.

When do you contemplate? In your spare moments. You have lots of those, don’t you? Contemplate what you have heard, the more you do, the more you are able to absorb them.

Then that knowledge needs to become part of your lifestyle, to influence the way you think, the way you feel, the way you act. They must be completely assimilated in your being and that is nididhyasana.                                                                                                                           Sri Vasudeva



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