What are the ingredients that reflect the art of becoming a sage? Its definition describes a sage as a profound, wise person; a person of wisdom.
Naturally, this begs the questions of what is wisdom and what are its characteristics. A person of wisdom is distinct from one of knowledge, for knowledge without wisdom is soulless. It takes knowledge to develop an atomic bomb. It requires wisdom to know not to ever use it but to see it as a grossly misguided use of resources.
The word “knowledge” never appears in any of the definitions I have ever read regarding “sage-ing.” Therefore, one may experience the insights of a sage, even while uneducated or unsophisticated about modern philosophy, science, etc. Those same fields of study though, if enacted in homage to wisdom, have the potential to result in bountiful outcomes and benefit the world in all of its manifestations.
One of the manifold gifts of becoming old is the one of sage-ing. Not every elder is a sage and there are many old souls in gifted, young bodies. Yet, the ability to marinate a lifetime of experiences and offer those lessons up to younger people is a service that needs to be revitalized in our troubled world.
The other essential ingredient for this art, besides elderhood, is to be on the path of non-attachment. This path is easier for elders, in no small measure, because of the inevitable realization of the physical decline of the body. Whether consciously or subconsciously, elders are more aware of life’s transitory nature on the physical level. This excarnation process assists in opening one up to the critical path of non-attachment and the doors of transcendent perception. It provides a glimpse as to what is real and what is not real.
The union of these two great characteristics, elderhood and non-attachment, may produce sages – a fading method of communication in a lost world.