Once upon a time there used to exist serious regard for knowledge, not as we know it now though. Knowledge evolves in quality – where quality has an inverse relationship with the quantity of knowledge. There is transcendental knowledge that is the mother of all other knowledge from philosophy to science to religion. Long ago the most wealthy and determined families in the society – Iran, Chinese dynasties, Japan, India, Europe – hired the wisest and most knowledgeable men and women to train their sons and daughters in the intricacies of the most advanced knowledges.
This is in deep contrast to today’s way of life where knowledge has become centered to clueless institutions whose only aim is profiteering and feeding to the delusions of the corporate world. In the modern day, knowledge has become too specialized and thus has made people overly ignorant and over-dependent on those in other branches of knowledge. For instance the most learned judge or scientist needs the psychologists when his head begins to get affected by distempers of pressure and depression – he can’t meditate!
Transcendental knowledge can never be taught in organized institutions lest we revive the times of Plato and Socrates among others which is impossible. Long ago there were mystery schools of such nature. Persons well versed and steeped in the ways of such knowledge grew to be admired due to their exquisite manners and calmly beautiful faces – am I describing the effects of meditation here?
A well tamed and perfected mind gives the practitioner those qualities of eloquence and discretion in matters that you encounter in your day to day life and in your career. There are many such individuals who up to this day we still marvel at their intelligence and understanding of matters in particular areas such as philosophy, politics, business and policy.
Such men and women devote themselves with a single purpose to spiritual and other kinds of education. Year by year they surround themselves with all branches of knowledge of the Unexcelled Teaching and eventually ground themselves in all spiritual knowledges. Consequently, such rare individuals grow in beauty and in all accomplishments.
In alchemy, this is interpreted as “Everything they touch turns into gold”.
In Buddhist studies this would appear as “Wherever they step, there a lotus is born right at his feet!”