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Henry David Thoreau, Jean Paul Sartre, knowing, meaning, existence, and mystery

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




“It is only when we discard all knowledge

that we begin to know.”

Henry David Thoreau



We then begin to ‘know’, though not in a conceptual, intellectual way, but rather in a more intimate, experiential, holistic, indefinable way; for conventional ‘knowing’ is ever confined to a limited perspective and cannot of itself encompass the whole.

Life, then, has more redemptive power as the Great Mystery (i.e. it returns us to our true selves) only when we see it truly, as it is- the one, great, all-inclusive enigma.

When finally we forget the false way of knowing ourselves and everything, and wake up (again) to the fact that we know nothing- that is when existence returns to its authentic state, and we return to our authentic way of ‘being’.

         Jean Paul Sartre expressed this process, exultantly confessing: “I couldn’t remember...any more. The words had vanished, and with them, the significance of things, their methods of use, and the feeble points of reference men have traced on their surface. ...It left me breathless. Never, until these last few days, had I understood the meaning of existence. I was like the others. ...I said with them: The ocean is green, that the white speck up there is a seagull, but I didn't feel that it existed. ...And then suddenly existence had unveiled itself.”

           Existence ‘unveils’ itself, when we lift the veil of our preconception- when we forget how we used to view the world.


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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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