Learning Comes Before UnderstandingJust because understanding is the first part of Maat doesn't mean understanding is the first thing that happens when I encounter information. No, it isn't. Taking in information and studying must come first. Understanding often doesn't come right away; especially by simply looking, hearing, reading, thinking, feeling and waiting.
Understanding does not mean information I take in now is the information I am understanding now. Understanding requires continuous learning. Even if I am understanding something right away, it is due to what I had already begun to understand.
The Moral Of The Short Story
In the same way I must not focus on the finished meal while preparing the meal, I must not overly concern myself with understanding. Being aware understanding comes throughout the process is sufficient. Understanding will naturally occur if I continue to take in information and study. All bits and pieces of understanding from various areas of knowledge are useful in bringing forth understanding in any area.