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Don Henley, Lao Tzu, Swamiji Shyam, language, understanding, Tao, knowledge, and wonder

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




“The more I know, the less I understand.”

Don Henley



“If there was no language,” concluded Swamiji Shyam, “it would have been much better.”

             It would have been much better because we would see ourselves as we are, not as words describe us. Words are the end of true understanding, just as true understanding is the end of words (by ‘true understanding’, I do not mean ‘understanding’ in the regular sense of the word- that is, as a synonym for ‘knowing’- but rather in the humbler, more genuine, Taoist sense, which tends to locate us more realistically at our place amongst the immensity of the universe; which is to say, to truly understand is to ‘stand under’).



“The Tao which can be named is not the Tao.”

Lao Tzu



            Reality does not lie in facts, or names, or computations. These are but scars on the purity of the unnamable Life; just as white-noise, or disquieting sounds cover up the blessed silence, so also do arbitrary particularities obscure the unseparate, unknowable Absolute.

Facts prevent us from perceiving the incomprehensible, singular spirit in all life, and instead create the dead, separate 'ten-thousand things' we have, to our detriment, been forced to erroneously learn, memorize, regurgitate, and function within, from the day of our birth onward.

            The necessity, then, is not to further exert ourselves within the false paradigm, beating our heads against imaginary walls, or blinding ourselves even more with ideas, but instead to purge ‘knowledge’ from our consciousness of it, and walk right out of the diaphanous labyrinth.

           We must simply break free now; we must stop understanding things the way we have been told to understand them.

           Wonder is our escape route- our journey back to ourselves; wonder is life, the breath of the spirit itself; all else is tubercular boredom, consumption, suffocation, and stasis.


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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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