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“To know that we know what we know, and that we do not know what we do not know, that is true knowledge.” – Henry David Thoreau

“That knowledge which purifies the mind and heart alone is true Knowledge, all else is only a negation of Knowledge” – Ramakrishna Paramhansa

“Listen, go beyond knowledge and ignorance.  Then alone you will be able to know Him.  Knowledge of various kinds is ajnana (ignorance). The pride of learning is also ajnana (ignorance).  ‘God pervades in all’ ­ this conviction is jnana (knowledge).  Knowing Him intimately is called vijnana (supreme knowledge).

Say, a thorn has pricked into your foot. You need another thorn to take it out.  When you have taken out the pricked thorn, you throw away both the thorns.  To remove the thorn of ajnana (ignorance) you have to first bring in the thorn of knowledge.  Then both the thorns of knowledge and ignorance have to be thrown away.  He is beyond jnana and ajnana”. Ramakrishna Paramhansa Source : Kathamrita Section XVIII, chapter 2

“1. by knowledge we mean assured belief, that which is known, information, instruction; enlightenment, learning; practical skill. By knowledge we mean data, factors and whatever can be thought about or perceived. 2. knowledge is more than data; it is also the ability to draw conclusions. 3. a whole group or subdivision of a group of data or speculations or conclusions on data or methods of gaining data. L. Ron Hubbard”



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