Wisdom is the ability to live in a chaotic world. It requires the "knowledge behind the knowledge," which means an understanding of the hardware of the mind, its structure, as opposed to the software - the particular languages, sciences, and religions which the mind creates. This is knowledge of Chaos, of the real world in which we all live, and how to find the hidden universal order, the fractal pattterns, which lie behind it. The order follows number and can be found by many methods that take you beyond yourself, including music. By understanding the knowledge behind the knowledge you can make sense beyond meaning. Making sense of everything for yourself allows you to make the appropriate choices in the chaotic world of chances, to self-evolve towards the infinite.
Although knowledge is without bound, Wisdom has a limited
number of criteria. The criteria follow a basic mathematical structure,
a core fractal upon which all of reality, and knowledge, are built. The
criteria of Wisdom can be represented by a geometric image: the Wheel ,
as shown here. This symbol is found in all anthropological traditions of
the world. It is the key, the Rosetta Stone, to understand these traditions,
to comprehend how they all speak to the same human condition. The Wheel
allows you to think universally and act globally, in tune with history
and your own inner destiny. It is the basic teaching of any School of Wisdom.
Today, for the first time, we have information about the Wheel from cultures
throughout the world. Professor Arnold Keyserling
has created a new holistic, global synthesis of The
Wheel as his life's work. The modern Wheel is based on all cultures
of the world, including the scientific and mathmatic.
The Wheel is the primal archetype which makes possible an understanding of the Wisdom of all cultures of the World. (Click on the Wheel to the left to see a bigger version of the Wheel). This basic symbol unites the differing traditions by their underlying mathematical criteria and conscious experience. All human Wisdom can be organized by and has a place in the Wheel. It represents the basic structure underlying all Wisdom. The Wheel is an open, holistic system with which a person can fashion their own philosophy and life meaning, and so reach a state of profound Awareness or Wisdom. From out of Awareness-Wisdom, you can know what chances to choose, and can live your life as a free, autonomous individual, yet integrated with the Cosmos and the infinite. This is the Path of Wisdom.
When properly understood The Wheel can serve as a thinking tool to help you on this Path. It can help you to understand the connections between Science and Religion, the left and right brains. The dominant belief system of our time, the Myth of Science, can thenbe used in a practical and spiritually fulfilling way. The mathematical structure of the Wheel can be used to integrate Science into world culture, Religion and the great Wisdom Traditions of the past.
To understand the Wheel it helps to see how it is constructed
and derived from the Dimensions
because the Wheel is first and foremost a geometric figure. Its basic criteria
can be deduced from the Mandelbrot vector 0 -> : Z -> Z + C with 1 -> 9
as the fractal scaling. This simple formula and fractals, which were just
discovered in 1962 by IBM scientist Benoit Mandelbrot, form the structure
for all of the complex geometric forms which exist in nature. (See: Fractals
essays.) It is literally the basic mathematical model upon which the
natural world was created. So too the Wheel is the basic model of human
comprehension. The geometric construction of the Wheel follows a simple
mathematical sequence corresponding to the five dimensions of space and
In the third dimension the Wheel is divided into twelve equal sections as formed by the sound waves of the normal musical scale - the temperated cycle of fifths which make up the twelve tone scale. The twelvefold division inherent in tonal scaling corresponds with the twelve moon cycles or months of the solar year. The archetypal symbols of the zodiac shown below are used in many cultures of the world to represent the twelve sectors of the Universe surrounding the Earth and the basic components of time. This is not astrology, although it does have some components in common with ancient astrology as developed in Babylonia in 2340 B.C.
In the third dimension the twelve fields of the Wheel also constitute the light - pigments - color circle.
The inside of the Wheel corresponds with the three dimensional
structure of the inside of the atom which has up to seven layers of electron
shells. The seven microcosmic shells of the periodic table of elements
are pictured concentrically inside of the Wheel. The center of the Wheel
corresponds to the nucleus of the atom.
Each of these nine represents a fractal - self similar, but not identical - repetition of the basic theme applied in a different field of knowledge. The basic theme is the underlying order behind all chaos and diversity - The Wheel - which makes possible a coherent philosophy of the World. This is a philosophy without walls, only foundations, underlying structures.