It is necessary to derive wisdom from experience but it is equally
essential to develop the faculty of discrimination, which enables us
to employ it for the well being of the country. Education without discrimination
and wisdom without discernment are of no use. Education is one thing
and discrimination is quite another. Discrimination is the faculty that
enables us to distinguish good from bad and confers upon us the ability
to decide how much importance is to be given to various aspects in a
given situation. Discrimination is a component of wisdom. Without discrimination
one cannot pursue the right path. It is a mark of sagacity to display
discrimination in all actions.
Through researches in atomic energy one may invent destructive weapons
which can reduce to ashes the entire world in a second. The same atomic
energy might help us to generate millions of kilowatts of electric power,
which could be utilized for industries and agriculture, transforming
the country into a smiling garden. An educated person should display
discrimination in such matters and take the right course of action.
Man's discoveries and inventions should not be for evil purposes, which
lead to disaster and destruction. Discrimination guides us in properly
employing them for augmenting production and promoting human welfare.
A man endowed with wisdom and discrimination will be honored and adored
even though he may not have wealth or position. A person devoid of wisdom
and discrimination can never blossom spiritually even though he may
be an eminent educationist, a prominent scientist or a multi-millionaire.
One without wisdom and discrimination cannot even distinguish between
dharma and adharma. Therefore, every student must acquire
wisdom and discrimination without resting on his oars after gaining
theoretical knowledge. He should develop far-sighted vision along with
wisdom and use it for the uplift of society.
In addition to wisdom, discrimination and experience, one should also
possess inspiring commonsense. It cannot be acquired through books.
In order to gain it one must travel extensively. It is for this purpose
that our ancestors went on pilgrimages to see, speak to and touch
the feet of holy men in sacred places. They also saw many sights and
objects in this diverse universe of God and derived many valuable lessons
therefrom. There are several objects in nature, which teach
valuable lessons imparting wisdom. The development of commonsense consists
in comprehending the origin and nature of such objects.
Sathya Sai Vahini – Inner Inquiry