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Clarice Lispector, Bhagavad Gita, enigma, conundrum, sacrifice, genius, and mystery

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




“…to have that secret that I still couldn't understand, I would again give my life. I had risked the world in search of the question that comes after the answer. …I hadn't found a human answer to the enigma. But much more, oh much more: I had found the enigma itself.”

Clarice Lispector



Without this catastrophic intelligent ignorance, we might know a great deal of little knowings, and yet know nothing of the immense unknown.

To come to such a perspective (or non-perspective) is one of the ultimate human sacrifices (recall here the Bhagavad Gita’s claim that “Better than the sacrifice of any objects is the sacrifice of wisdom.”) Thus, Benjamin Tucker describes this willful sacrifice, concluding: “It is in the rehabilitation of position that the succumbing power refuses to be defined, and in the process (if the process is fabulous enough) emerges from its own emerging, writhes in the passage that is omnidirectional, pursues the intensity so furiously that the conundrum becomes the home.” (brackets are author’s)

            Therefore, to attempt any understanding at this rarified level of non-understanding to misunderstand. Genius does not discern truth for us, it exposes us to mystery.

           Only mystery is true to form; only an enigma is seen as what it truly ‘is’- whatever that may be. There is no such thing as understanding, only more sublime levels of non-understanding, or more tragic levels of misunderstanding; the greater the apparent understanding, the greater the misunderstanding.


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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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