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Kahlil Gibran, Kallistos Ware, H. Rider Haggard, God, mystery, wisdom, and madness

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




The purpose of life is to bring us closer to those secrets,

and madness is the only means.”

Kahlil Gibran



We must fearlessly surrender to the collapse of all our conceptual armaments, perhaps even allowing ourselves to dissipate into the helpless shamelessness of drooling morons, and gaping fools.

“Such is the effect of coming face to face with the living mystery of God”, admitted Kallistos Ware, “we are assailed by dizziness; all the familiar footholds vanish, and there seems nothing for us to grasp.”

           And from H. Rider Haggard: “For the mind wearies easily when it strives to grapple with the Infinite, and to trace the footsteps of the Almighty as he strides from sphere to sphere, or deduce His purpose from His works. Such things are not for us to know... Too much wisdom would perchance blind our imperfect sight, and too much strength would make us drunk, and overweight our feeble reason till it fell [hence the ‘Fall’], and we were drowned in the depths of our own vanity. For what is the first result of man’s increased knowledge interpreted from Nature's book by the persistent nature of his purblind effort? Is it not but too often to make him question the existence of his Maker, or indeed of any intelligent purpose beyond his own? The truth is veiled, because we could no more look upon her glory than we can upon the sun. It would destroy us. Full knowledge is not for man as man is here, for his capacities, which he is apt to think so great, are indeed but small. The vessel is soon filled, and, were one-thousandth part of the unutterable and silent wisdom that directs the rolling of those shining spheres, and the force which makes them roll, pressed into it, it would be shattered into fragments.”

Indeed, our reason must be shattered into fragments if we are to witness the unreasonable.

And now, if you do not accept these accounts of the blessedness of mad wisdom, perhaps we should go directly to the Source for corroboration: “In order to truly know God, you have to be out of your mind”, says God (Conversations with God, Neale Donald Walsch)

            Which is to say, you have to ‘lose your mind’ if you would have ‘no mind’ and thus be able to know the unknowable.


excerpted from:


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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