But it has to be said, that the mere reading of a book or a journal will not vouchsafe viveka or discrimination. That which is seen, heard or read must be put into practice in actual life. Without this, reading is mere waste of time. If anything is read to pass time, it passes the time and nothing remains.
It is said, Knowledge is power. Baba explains, it is not knowledge, but it is Character that is power. All the famous and revered people of the world are known not only because of the knowledge they acquired, but it is the character they maintained despite all the knowledge they acquired.