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The wisdom

Go placidly amid the noise and the haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence, says Desiderata.

health and fitness Updated: Mar 08, 2004 17:52 IST

Max Ehrmann, an American mystic poet, had a vision and received some profound words. He compiled these words in his famous document: Desiderata.

Ehrmann functioned as a medium of the divine. Other mystics have also had similar experiences. It happened in the case of Madam Blavatsky, who wrote The Voice of Silence. She discovered the ancient spiritual document in the course of meditations. Osho talks of other mystics who have had similar experiences. According to him, many parts of Friedrich Nietzsche's Thus Spake Zarathustra are very ancient.

The first statement in Desiderata says: "Hear then the wisdom of the wise: 'Go placidly amid the noise and the haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence'."

Osho explains: "The Wisdom of the Wise seems to be tautological. Of course, wisdom can be only of the wise. What is the point of repeating it? Why say 'wisdom of the wise'? Can wisdom be of the unwise too? But there is a subtle point to be understood: because there are so many knowledgeable people in the world and the knowledgeable person appears almost as if he is wise, and he is not. He speaks in the same way. The scholar who has studied the Srimad Bhagavad Gita his whole life speaks the same language as Krishna, but when Krishna speaks it, it is the wisdom of the wise." This is why all mystics lay emphasis on meditation and experience of self-realisation.

Desiderata tells us the same: "Go placidly amid the noise and the haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence."

First Published: Mar 03, 2004 17:08 IST