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Astavakra Gita, Henry Miller, Swamiji Shyam, forgetting, genius, and not knowing

excerpted from THE WAY OF WONDER: a return to the mystery of ourselves, by Jack Haas




“My dearest, you may recite or listen to countless scriptures, but you will not be established within until you can forget everything.”

Astavakra Gita (16.1)



To become established is to ‘know that you shall not know’, it is to find and be the true mystery which we are, which is to accept our incomprehension without a shred of doubt, and to give ourselves up to the enigma of life completely, more completely, in fact, than if we knew all and everything from the moment we were born. Genius is not that which claims to know, but that which recognizes the unknowability of being. And the genius of our beings is ‘established’ when we take firm root in idiocy.

Henry Miller concluded his personal path when he wrote: “I grow more ignorant every day- purposely so!”

           To purposely ‘grow more ignorant’? This sounds like shooting yourself in the foot. You’d have to be a complete idiot to attempt something like that. But, then again, that is the goal we are after here- to become complete, lucid idiots.



“Keep forgetting and don’t remember anything.

It can happen.”

Swamiji Shyam



As such, Clarice Lispector described her character's iconoclastic idiocy, stating, “And soon, with the great pleasure that there is in the restraint of one's own energy, he put himself once more into a state of ‘not knowing very much.’”

           ‘To forget’, then, requires only the desire to forget. We must have intent to undo. We must be the cleaners of the internal mess. We must be the fire which sunders everything to ash, and leaves a perfect hollow.


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way of wonder, sacred geometry, sri yantra



THE WAY OF WONDER: a return to the mystery of ourselves

by Jack Haas

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