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commented on Jan. 8, 2014
Written by Mathew Naismith
A wise man wondering about the country side came across a valley with a large village poised in the middle of the valley & stopped to ponder when all of a sudden a person from this village appeared & approached the wise man as if the wise man was expected. “Will you be our mentor & leader” the man from the village said quite directly without hesitation & without introducing himself first up to the wise man. The wise man poised in silence & then asked of himself in quietens, “Will I be their mentor & leader” while the man from the village stood by in bafflement to why a wise man would not answer such a simple question straight up.
An answer come from within the wise man & was immediately relayed onto the man from the village. “It takes a wise man to see a wise man, what you see in me you are also, from this all what one needs to do is become aware enough to know this”. The man from the village seemed even more baffled & perplexed while looking down towards the ground pondering what this all means. Looking up at the wise man again in silence the man from the village poised in thought thinking I see your wisdom so what you are saying I too am of that wisdom but that isn’t so. Immediately the wise man noticing what the man from the village was thinking said, “It takes a very wise man to ponder & a not so wise man to not ponder at all as all answers are within & to connect with this inner knowing one must poise & ponder in silence to obtain such knowing from within. You are ready my friend to take lead as you have pondered”. “But I have not had such experiences & the knowing as you have to lead as you “the man from the village murmured back. Without pondering as the wise man was still speaking from within, “A wise old man once said,” It is far wiser to know ones limitations & it’s another thing to allow these limitations to limit oneself , knowledge & experience will come if one is wise enough in the first place to know of one’s limitations as you have done”.
Still perplexed but understanding to a point of what the wise man was saying, “So if I became leader & mentor of my own people wisdom is all I need, knowledge & experience will come forth as I no longer limit myself to these limitations?” Straight back the wise man said, “Nothing is impossible if we ponder for a moment for it is within this pondering we become wiser & more understanding of our inner knowing but not only that we will also be more aware of what is a round us thus we become more knowing of all without lifting a finger. You must be aware of what is within, are you or are you not ready?”
The man from the village paused for a while looking down at the ground again & then looked up at the wise man again with quite a determined look on his face about to ask another question when the wise man queried, “Have you noticed how you look down while pondering”, “I suppose so” the village man replied, “Wisdom isn’t of finding awareness when looking down for in this lies our limitations, always when pondering look about & within, once you learn to do this knowing will come from being aware not looking down into our limitations”. All of a sudden the village man broke into a huge smile, “I’ve got it, I’ve got it’. “Indeed you have my wise friend” was the last thing the wise man said to the man from the village as he leaped down to his village within the valley yelling out” I’ve got it”.
While still pondering while watching the man from the village leaping & yelling down towards his village in glee the wise man thought for a moment, “I am now mentor & leader of but another village without even wanting it to be, such is wisdom” & then he turned away from the valley with the village below & strolled off into the country side again not knowing or wanting or needing to know for where his wisdom will take him.
To some who are unable to reason past a certain point this might not seem like a NOETIC issue but I believe it is. Where wisdom is knowledge & understanding is sure to follow which means one needs wisdom in the first place to know more profoundly.