What we will be referring to in this article as timeless wisdom is, in fact, humanity's Primordial, Nondual Wisdom Tradition. In various sub-traditions the deep wisdom known by other names as we shall see below.
Timeless wisdom expresses insofar as possible in language and symbols the single or ultimate truth that underlies religions, sacred traditions and philosophies.
While this truth sometimes gets expressed in metaphysical terms, it's not intellectual speculation, but the testimony of the wise to their experience of spiritual awakening or Self-realization.
Also, it sometimes gets expressed in poetic or artistic symbols, it's not a flight of the imagination but a higher intellection integrating mind and heart.
This wisdom is written in the hearts of all and it is manifested in the universal teaching of those who have realized it. All the world's wisdom traditions have their mystics who have reported on the path and goal.
The key fundamental of this teaching is that absolute reality can be realized supramentally (seeing beyond or above ordinary perception -- apperception?) while yet in the body: All long for this ultimate truth or reality, whether they identify the longing or not.
For this wisdom is not only ultimate truth but the complete and abiding fulfillment which human desire is ultimately oriented toward. Only after testing many lesser goods, which when gained give only temporary satisfaction, does one turn consciously and intentionally to the pursuit of the supreme good, as pointed to by all the great wisdom masters.
The wisdom masters teach that since timeless wisdom is an eternal and all-pervasive reality, it is within each and at the core of all, ever available in the here and now.
There is no question of attaining anything. It is only a matter of removing the veils concealing what is already present in its entirety, as the sun is revealed when the wind blows away the clouds that had been hiding it from view.
The purpose of timeless wisdom is to illuminate the way that leads to our realizing the ultimate truth of What we really are through direct inward seeing.
In order to become a finder of timeless wisdom, one must attend to the teaching of awakened guides or mentors and practice the principles of wisdom in daily life. Merely considering the teachings intellectually without practical application will eventually do more harm than good.
This timeless wisdom is ineffable in its essence and can only revealed intuitively in the heart. Understanding must be integrated with practice, and this is accomplished in a balanced way through consciously living from the standpoint of the true Self.
Since absolute reality is infinite and eternal, its realization lies beyond ordinary understanding, reasoning and feeling. Ultimate truth cannot be contained by words or concepts; for it transcends anything the limited mind can imagine, conceive or express.
Being ineffable, realization of absolute reality cannot be communicated directly by those who have realized it either through descriptions or reasoning, or poetry or symbols. Neither can the supernal experience of the inner dimensions that is preliminary to its realization be adequately described in words or symbols either.
That which lies beyond can only be attested to indirectly, either by using symbols and analogies to point toward it, or by negating its similarity with anything perceptible, conceivable or imaginable.
According to timeless wisdom, ultimate truth is a personal revelation, to which each must awaken progressively by treading the spiritual path and persisting in it till the Light of Consciousness dawns.
While the Primordial Wisdom Tradition is ever one and the same under its many guises, its manifestations are almost unlimited in multiplicity and diversity.
Wisdom teachers speak of their subject not in the abstract but in the context of the needs of the time. The universal teaching therefore wears the variegated garb of many languages, customs and cultures.
The various historical expressions of timeless wisdom may be seen as adorning it rather than adulterating it. The different teachers and traditions have fashioned the single gem of eternal truth with different facets.
As prisms, so to speak, these facets reflect the light of eternal truth in a colorful spectrum that refracts its pure, transparent light as a rainbow of teachings and traditions.
All genuine spiritual teachers and traditions express the one truth from different angles, giving its light a different coloration, so to speak.
Indeed, even a single teacher may speak with a different voice and in a different tone to different hearers owing to their different spiritual requirements, so that even one teaching may be as a symphony of many instruments.
As a result the universal truth is made manifest in a variety of ways, each of which has its own unique characteristics which contribute to the body of timeless wisdom.
This is especially significant with respect to approaching timeless wisdom from a variety of traditions and teachings. Different teachers and teachings, indeed, even entire traditions, emphasize different angles that make important contributions to knowledge and facilitate sound practice.
Every religion has a mystical core, which grounds its spirituality in transcendental experience. This mystical core is expressed as a spiritual sub-tradition that manifests timeless wisdom uniquely. While these sub-traditions differ in name and form, they express the same eternal truth in their own characteristic way.
In the Vedic tradition it is called sanatana dharma, signifying the eternal religion that has been cognized by the seers. Buddha called it simply dharma or the universal teaching of those who are awake spiritually.
In old China, Taoists called it tao, meaning both absolute reality and the natural way to its integration in life. In Sufism it is called tasawwuf, or spiritual science, as well as tariqat, meaning "the way"
In Judaic mysticism it is called qabalah, meaning that which has been received by the zaddikim or sages. The Greeks called it sophia or wisdom. It's also called sophia in mystical Christianity, as well as mystical theology or simply mysticism.
While they all express the same timeless wisdom of spirituality, they do so differently, and each makes significant contributions.