Knowledge means the dead accumulation of experiences—of your own or of others, but knowledge means the dead past. Knowledge is always of the past. Knowing is always here and now, and knowledge is always of the past. The past must cease for the present to be, and knowledge must cease for knowing to be. Knowing is alive, knowledge is dead.
So really, knowledge is not a help toward knowing; on the contrary, knowledge is the hindrance, the obstacle. The more you know, the more you accumulate information, the less is your capacity of knowing. That’s why the capacity of children to learn is more because they are fresh. Knowledge is not there as a barrier for their knowing, their knowing is fresh. The old man cannot learn so much, not because the consciousness is not capable to learn, but because the consciousness is so much burdened with knowledge that that burden itself becomes a hindrance. Knowledge creates a barrier and destroys the capacity to know. All knowledge, whatsoever its nature, is a burden.