Swami Lakshmanjoo explaining the difference between knowledge and devotion as lights in the world and reveals why one is more important to have than the other… (from the yet unpublished manuscript of Kashmir Shaivism’s, Stava Cintamani – the wish-fulfilling jewel)
There are two kinds of candles in this world, found in the cycle of your kingdom:
one is bodha dipika (bodha dipika is just experiencing your nature), this is one candle, it is shining always, bodha dipika. When you have got absolute knowledge of God consciousness, that is one candle which shines always in the minds of devotees.
And another candle is tvad bhakti dipika, just your love, just your attachment. That is also another candle. These two candles are shining in this world. I know these two candles are shining; one is from bhakti and one is from knowledge [bodha]. In these two candles I would prefer to have, to own one candle of devotion. I don’t want knowledge. Because it is, hritoddhata tamastantih, all darkness has vanished there.
There is some darkness possible in the light of the candle of knowledge, but in the light of the candle of bhakti there is no such possibility of any darkness. Because when there is knowledge there is something, something more to be known.
When there is love what else do you need?
SWAMIJI: You have love, that is enough. It does not rise, it does not become less; when there is devotion, when there is love, when there is attachment, that is all.
When there is knowledge you have more to understand, by and by, step by step. So there is the possibility of darkness. Some shades of darkness are sure to appear. But here, in the candle of Thy devotion, there is not that possibility. Between these two candles I would like to have that candle of Thy devotion, O Lord! Please accept this request from me.