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For as long as I can remember, I have been a voracious reader. As a teenager, I would read anything and everything I could lay my hands on. It was all fiction – Enid Blyton, Nancy Drew, Hardy Boys, Alfred Hitchcock, Robert Ludlum, Ken Follett – I can go on and on. It wasn’t until I was in graduate school that I lost interest in fiction and started reading non-fiction – Og Mandino, John Maxwell, Dale Carnegie, Osho, Vivekananda, Yogananda, Krishnamurti and so forth. I read in order to become more “knowledgable” about “life” matters.

Now that I look back, I am grateful that I switched to non-fiction, but I often wonder – how did that book-derived knowledge really benefit me in a practical way? The benefit invariably seems to have come when I acted on that book-derived knowledge, and put the learnt principles into practice. So, was it the action, and what I learnt as a result, truly result in converting what I had learnt, into knowledge?

The #spiritchat discussion in the first week of January was focused on the path of spirited action. Some folks commented that action without proper knowledge can actually hurt our progress on our path, rather than help us. So, in order to examine this assertion we will devote an entire chat to discuss “The Path of Knowledge”.

Please join us Sunday, January 12th at 9amET in our live twitter chat in #spiritchat. Namaste!

Kumud

The full transcript (#hashtracking report) is available at https://www.hashtracking.com/reports/spiritchat/spiritchat/knowledge – 156 contributors, 1405 tweets, 0.76M reach, 5.70M deliveries.

Ready? Q1. Where does knowledge come from? Where does it reside within us? #spiritchat

Q2. What kind of “education” and/or practice(s) create (spiritual) knowledge? #spiritchat

Q3. “Knowledge is power”. What is this “power”? What do we need it for? #spiritchat

Q4. Does the path of knowledge hinder the path of action? Or enhance it? #spiritchat

Q5. Does more knowledge bring us closer to “truth”? If so, how? #spiritchat

Q6. “Real knowledge is to know the extent of one’s ignorance.” -Confucius. How can we know ignorance and move forward? #spiritchat

Q7. “A little knowledge is a dangerous thing”. Does the same hold true for “a little action”? Or not? #spiritchat

Q8. In 2014, what actions will create balance for us – in seeking knowledge… #spiritchat

Some quotes on the subject of knowledge:

Faith is a knowledge within the heart, beyond the reach of proof. -Khalil Gibran

The fruits of the tree of knowledge are various; one must be strong indeed who can digest all of them – Mary Coleridge (1861-1907)

Knowledge of what is does not open the door directly to what should be. -Albert Einstein

Real knowledge is to know the extent of one’s ignorance. -Confucius

Knowledge will give you power, but character respect. -Bruce Lee

He who knows nothing is closer to the truth than he whose mind is filled with falsehoods and errors. -Thomas Jefferson

Knowledge is knowing that we cannot know. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

Perplexity is the beginning of knowledge. -Khalil Gibran

All our knowledge has its origins in our perceptions. -Leonardo da Vinci