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Knowledge defined: Acquaintance with facts; range of information, awareness, or understanding.
Technical: Knowledge, 1. by knowledge we mean assured belief, that which is known, information, instruction: enlightenment, learning; practical skill. Data, factors & whatever can be thought about or perceived.
2. Knowledge is more than data; it is also the ability to draw conclusions.
3. A whole group or subdivision of a group of data or speculations or conclusions on dat or methods of gaining data.
Humility; pridelessness; nonviolence; tolerance; simplicity; approaching a bona fide spiritual master; cleanliness; steadiness; self-control; renunciation of the objects of sense gratification; absence of false ego; the perception of the evil of birth, death, old age and disease; detachment; freedom from entanglement with children, wife, home and the rest; even-mindedness amid pleasant and unpleasant events; constant and unalloyed devotion to Me; aspiring to live in a solitary place; detachment from the general mass of people; accepting the importance of self-realization; and philosophical search for the Absolute Truth—all these I declare to be knowledge, and besides this whatever there may be is ignorance. – Bhagavad Gita 13.8-12
To Know means that you will strive to learn as much as you can in this lifetime, and that you will apply this knowledge to your daily life. It also means that you will seek truth in all tings and be willing to change your perceptions to meet your awakening spirituality.
Source: “Witch’s Pyramid – Solitary Witch” by Silver Ravenwolf
Hindu: If you think: “I know Brahman well,” then surely you know but little of Its form; you know only Its form as conditioned by man or by the gods. Therefore Brahman, even now, is worthy of your inquiry. – Kena Upanishad 2.1
He by whom Brahman is not known, knows It; he by whom It is known, knows It not. It is not known by those who know It; It is known by those who do not know It. Brahman is known when It is realised in every state of mind; for by such Knowledge one attains Immortality. By Atman one obtains strength; by Knowledge, Immortality. – Kena Upanishad 2.3-4
There are two kinds of knowledge to be acquired – the higher and the lower.
Of these, the lower comprises the Rig-Veda, Yajur-Veda, Sama-Veda, Atharva-Veda, the science of pronunciation etc., the code of rituals, grammar, etymology, metre and astrology. Then there is the higher (knowledge) by which is attained that Imperishable.
By the higher knowledge) the wise realize everywhere that which cannot be perceived and grasped, which is without source, features, eyes, and ears, which has neither hands nor feet, which is eternal, multiformed, all-pervasive, extremely subtle, and undiminishing and which is the source of all.
Hinduism As light is necessary to find the wished-for object in a dark chamber, but when once the object is found, the light is put aside as unnecessary: so also when the Object of the Supreme Knowledge, that is kept hidden by the illusions of Maya, is once found out by the torch of Knowledge, the Knowledge itself is afterward put aside as unnecessary. Anu Gita
Hinduism Knowledge is the immediate realization, due to the disciplining of body and sense-organs, service rendered to the Teacher, hearing, thinking and meditation, that there is nothing but Spirit, the essence of both subjects and objects, which is immutable among the mutables like pots and clothes, the same in all, their innermost (essence). Niralamba Upanishad
Hinduism In time, learned philosophers or scientists might be able to count all the atoms of the earth, the particles of snow, or perhaps even the shining molecules radiating from the sun, the stars and other luminaries. But among these learned men, who could possibly count the unlimited transcendental qualities possessed by You, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, who have descended onto the surface of the earth for the benefit of all living entities Śrīmad Bhāgavatam 10.14.7
To know and yet (think) we do not know is the highest (attainment); not to know (and yet think) we do know is a disease.
Tao Te Ching 71
J. Legge, Translator
(Sacred Books of the East, Vol 39)