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The Cloud of Unknowing, Rumi, Shankara, Brahma, God, limitation, and mystery

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

 

                 

           

“But now you will ask me ‘How am I to think of God himself, and what is he?’ and I cannot answer you except to say ‘I do not know!’ For with this question you have brought me into the same darkness, the cloud of unknowing

where I want you to be!”

The Cloud of Unknowing

 

 

             As it is perilous for us to have a single idea, concept, expectation, or speculation about any enigma whatsoever- for that destroys it’s enigmaticism completely- it is of great importance that we admit once and for all that we do not understand the Great Enigma, God, and that perhaps we will never know God, that God is categorically unknowable, and so we must release God from limitation, and let God be immense and unreachable.

 

 

“Can you simply agree that on some of the questions the mystery is too great ever for you to solve? Why not hold the mystery as sacred? And why not allow the sacred to be sacred, and leave it alone?”

God

(Conversations with God, Neale Donald Walsch)

 

 

           Can we not just leave It alone? Can we not just let God be God? Is it so hard to accept the impotence of our cognitive faculties, that we must continually desecrate that which is infinitely beyond our scope, by claiming to have even the slightest idea of what it is all about?

Let us remember the Fall, the reasons for it, and the way of return. “Mysteries are not to be solved”, suggested Rumi, for “The eye goes blind/ when it only wants to see why.”

           When we finally see mystery in all things- when we have stopped asking ‘why?’- then we shall properly not know things. And when we do not know ‘things’, then we shall begin to see the one unknowable force in all things. And that unknowable force has, in the past, been called God. But, after all, God is just a word; it is a word for something we cannot understand.

“Brahma”, says Shankara, “is indefinable, beyond the range of mind and speech...”

Thus, by not-knowing, we have finally returned the divine to unencumbered imagelessness; we return God to freedom by releasing God from the cages we have built. We have fulfilled the second commandment.

  

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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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