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Blaise Pascal, Joel Goldsmith, Hermetica, Osho, knowledge, reality, and understanding

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

 

                                        

         

“Here is manifest how the Way of Life is found only through a Death, and that, without the deprival of all other knowledge,

Self-Knowledge itself is not to be achieved.”

Hermetica

 

 

           We must lose our balance in the world, grasping onto none of the holds that are bound to the limited, conceptual world. We must burn clean-through.

This threshold was crossed by Blaise Pascal who described himself as such: “I know not who put me into this world, nor what the world is, nor what I am myself. I am in terrible ignorance of everything...” Here, in Pascal, we have a leading scientific and theological mind, humbly confessing to his total loss of grasp on the meaning of life, and yet that loss was the very wellspring of his inspirations and writings.

To develop this ‘consciousness of our ignorance’, is simply a matter of recognizing the profundity of being, of accepting that what we thought we knew is merely a smoke screen, a ‘fog of words’, blinding us to its immensity.

Osho speaks to this essential recognition, proffering: “You know that nothing can be known, you know that ignorance is primordial, you know that life is a mystery and is going to remain a mystery, and you know that truth is not only unknown but unknowable. You are freed from the illusion of knowledge.”

            And so we must undo what has been done to us, and the only way to undo it is to forget; to become innocent again, to disappear from our own sight, for the further we continue to imbibe more facts, theories, and conclusions, the more, in the end, we will have to purge from ourselves in order to return to purity, innocence, and emptiness, which is our inherent nature.

 

 

“Because the human scene is entirely a misconception through misperception, any thought...must be relinquished in order that we may see the ever-present Reality.”

Joel Goldsmith

 

 

           Thus the attainment of ignorant wonderfulness is more a matter of ejecting the mind's effluvium than of any effortful accumulation of understanding. All we need to do is be stoically aware of the impotence of the mind; to simply and completely accept that we do not understand the greater part of who, or what, or why we are. 

           It is merely a matter of understanding that we do not understand, that is all.

 

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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

author Jack Haas, Canadian, American writer, artist, photographer

 

 

 

      

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