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Henry Miller, Dag Hammarskjold, Zen Master Yuansou, effort, purpose, and original mind

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




“My plan, then, in so far as the negation of all effort and purpose may be said to be a plan, is to stop evolving, to remain what I am and to become more and more only what I am- that is, to become more miraculous.”

Henry Miller



           To ‘become more and more’ ourselves, is to become freer, more Unknowable, more Godlike, more and more The Great Sea of Mystery that is contained in every part of that Mystery called ‘I’.

          Dag Hammarskjold asserted this when he wrote: “At every moment you choose yourself, but do you choose your self? Body and soul contain a thousand possibilities out of which you may build many ‘I’s’. But in only one of them is there congruence between the elector and the elected, only one which you will never find until you have excluded all those superficial feelings and possibilities with which you toy out of curiosity or wonder or fear and which hinder you from casting anchor in the experience in the mystery of life and the consciousness of the talent entrusted in you and the wonder of you which is your ‘I’.”

If we seek to understand life (the life which we are), we will never see it as it is- i.e. not understandable. However, if we give ourselves away, forget everything, and open up to the grand possibility that we are limitless, then, and only then, will the unfathomable, blissful mystery which we are dance naked right before us.

Zen Master Yuansou asserts: “This inconceivable door of great liberation is in everyone. It has never been blocked, it has never been defective. Buddhas and Zen masters have appeared in the world and provided expedient methods, with many different devices, using illusory medicines to cure illusory illnesses, just because your faculties are unequal, your knowledge is unclear, you do not transcend what you see…and you are tumbled about endlessly in an ocean of misery by afflictions due to ignorance, by emotional views and habitual conceptions of others and self, right and wrong. The various teachings and techniques of Buddhas and Zen masters are only set forth so that you will individually step back into yourself, understand your own original mind and see your own original nature...”

Here we are reminded of our ‘original’ nature, which is pristine, untainted, virginal, knowledgeless nature.

With this in mind, Lispector wrote about one of her characters, stating: “But after ignoring the lesser truths, he began to resemble other beings, as if enshrouded in mystery. His ignorance transformed him into a mysterious being.”


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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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