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the only truth I know is my own experience

Reading books March 16, 2009

Reading books everyone died, none became any wise
One who reads the word of Love, only becomes wise

a Doha by Kabir


13 Responses to “Reading books”

  1. ggw_bach Says:

    you can learn a lot from books too you know!

  2. axinia Says:

    i am not sure 🙂
    After reading book I have information. But the KNOWING, the true knowledge is only possible through the experience. Dont you think?

    • Raman Says:

      Axinia, I feel Books are like Language – they carry information which may / may not be useful. Depends upon the user of the language / reader of the book how to use the information.

  3. Molly Says:

    Axinia, I agree with you. Here’s my analogy:

    If you read about swimming, you can say ,”Ah, I know how to swim! I have learned how in a book.”

    Then, the supposed unlearned man who doesn’t know how to read comes knocking when the ship is sinking.

    He has never read a book, but when the ship sinks he swims to shore, and the learned man who has read the book drowns.

    Book knowledge is intellectual. This is not true knowledge. You may read in a book not to react in a certain situation because it will make your life happer, but unless you have learned how to do this, you will continue to react.

    • axinia Says:

      thanks, Molly, that is excatly what I wanted to say.

    • Raman Says:

      Just for introspection, books say that fire is hot and would burn. Should we rather touch the fire and learn? Or may be taking your example, if the book teaches how to swim, the reader may practice. The reader is certainly much better off than having not read.

      Not everyone gets the opportunity of experential learning. Sometimes it is good, sometimes it is bad. I studied the Hydrogen Bomb as a part of my Physics lessons and I also studied how the FM Transmitter works.

      On a broader level, this could be on the same lines as Hardwork vs. Smartwork or Efficiency vs. Effectiveness.

      What if the guy, who couldn’t read but could swim did not know which direction the land was?


  4. KORESH Says:

    Innayat Khan said also, that there is only one book whrot by God – the Nature.

  5. Knowledge and wisdom are not the same, for sure!

    I think it all depends on the kind of books one reads, Axinia. There are so many different types of books that they vary greatly in their use.

    Books and other storehouses of information (like the internet) are extremely essential because it is simply not possible to know everything by experience. How does a professional sportsperson, for instance, get to learn about the different types of crops grown for food? He reads about them from a storehouse of information, of course! I don’t expect him to become a farmer just to know the basics of agriculture.

    Again, books are extremely essential for students because one cannot get to practising things without learning the theoretical basics from books.

    And then there are highly practical books. For instance, if one wants to assemble a computer or cook an exotic dish, it can be easily learnt from a Do-It-Yourself guide or a recipe book.

    The only books that suit this line Reading books everyone died, none became any wise are the so-called “holy books” and books on spirituality. I’m absolutely sure it was these kind of books that a wise man like Kabir meant.

  6. swaps Says:

    Reminds me of…
    He who pursues learning increases everyday
    He who pursues Tao will decrease everyday

    Loved the photoshop….good idea 🙂

  7. sakhi Says:

    great effect and good use of CS3 🙂

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