The wisdom of our ancestors frequently puzzles modern people. In fact, an average person is totally unaware of that wisdom and most of today's thinkers who study ancient writings do not understand their true meaning. It seems, that the ancients knew a lot about their world and beyond. However that sacred knowledge was available only to very few initiated "guardians" and philosophers. They were passing it on to their disciples through the "sea of time" in a form not understood by the common folks.
"All ancient books which have once been called sacred by man, will have their lasting place in the history of mankind, and those who possess the courage, the perseverance, and the self-denial of the true miner, and of the true scholar, will find even in the darkest and dustiest shafts what they are seeking for, -- real nuggets of thought, and precious jewels of faith and hope." -- Max Müller, Introduction to the Upanishads Vol. II
"It is important to learn what other people have learned, but too many people have lived and died for me to learn more than a small fraction of what they have learned. There is a prodigious supply of information, facts, opinions, theories, suppositions, and doctrines, but the wisdom needed to sort through the mountain of trash in the hope of finding a gold nugget is not supplied." -- Colin Low
"Distinguish between those who understand and those who agree.
He who understands the Teaching will not tarry in applying it to life;
He who agrees will nod and extol the Teaching as remarkable wisdom, but will not apply this wisdom to his life.
There are many who have agreed, but they are like a withered forest, fruitless and without shade. Only decay awaits them.
Those who understand are few, but like a sponge they absorb the precious knowledge and are ready to cleanse the horrors of the world with the precious liquid." --Buddha
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