Yoga Sutras of Patanjali Book I: 48 “When consciousness dwells in wisdom, a truth bearing state of pure spiritual perception dawns”
With age comes wisdom, so the saying goes, but the passage of time alone does not guarantee that one will also become wise. I often ask in classrooms, how students perceive an intellectual person and a wise person. The words associated with wisdom are commonly; calm, patient, insightful, humble, joyful, peaceful and innocent. Although certainly not mutually exculsive, the strictly intellectual generally brings a feeling of egoism and proprietary attachment to what they know, while the wise often have no desire to take credit for their knowledge and wisdom. In fact, to become wise is a process of reliquishing long held beliefs while being open to deeper and more profound understanding.