Chapter 5: The Way of Wisdom, the Way of Love
“Go back and tell the oracle that something must have gone wrong. The oracle has always been right and true, I know, but this time the oracle has committed an error. Go and put things right. And it is me, Socrates himself, saying that I am the most ignorant man of the world. How can the oracle say I am the most wise? No, it is not possible.”
The man was puzzled, he could not believe it, but he went to the oracle and said, “There must have been some mistake, sir, because Socrates denies it. He says, ‘I know only one thing: that I don’t know anything.’”
And the oracle said, “That’s why we have declared that he is the greatest wise man of the world. That’s why! That is precisely why we have declared it! Go and tell him. If you had asked yesterday, we would not have said so - he was as foolish as anybody else. Now he is not a fool at all - he is not fooled by knowledge. He has awakened.”
Knowing that you don’t know, you really become a knower. That is wisdom. Wisdom is not knowledge. Wisdom is awareness.
O how may I ever express that secret word?
And when you have known in this way, not the way of knowledge but the way of wisdom, the way of love; not as a spectator, not as an observer from the outside but as a participant of existence - you have danced with God hand in hand, step by step, and you have come to feel something.
Yes, it is better to use the word feeling than knowing. It is closer to reality. Knowing is cerebral, feeling is total. When you feel, you don’t feel only from the head, you don’t feel only from your heart, you don’t feel only from your guts; you feel from every fiber of your being. Feeling is total, feeling is orgasmic, feeling is organic.
In a moment of feeling, you function as a totality. When you think, you function only as the head. When you are sentimental, you function only as the heart. Remember: sentimentality is not feeling, emotionalism is not feeling. Thinking, you are a head - just a part pretending to be the whole. Of course it is false. This perspective is false. Emotional, sentimental, you are the heart - again another part pretending to be the whole, another servant pretending to be the master. Again it is false.
Feeling is of the total - of the body, of the mind, of the soul. Feeling knows no divisions; feeling is indivisible. When you feel, you function as a totality. When you function as a totality you function in tune with the totality. Let me repeat it: when you function as a totality you function in tune with the totality. When you function as a part you have fallen apart; you are no longer in tune with the total. When you are no longer in tune with the total, whatsoever you think you know is false, illusory. When you are in tune with the total, you know that you don’t know anything. But even this “not knowing” is a knowing - it is a feeling, it is a love affair with the whole.