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Kahlil Gibran, Krishnamurti , Meister Eckhart, mystery, God, mind, and the bodhisattva

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




“And if you would know God be not therefore

a solver of riddles.”

Kahlil Gibran



            It is the same with God as with everything- there is no answer, no axiom, no truth, and no solution ...there is only riddle. There is only a solute called mystery, dis-solved in the solution called mystery. And that mystery has simply been named God. And “God is something that cannot be found by the mind”, proclaimed Jiddu Krishnamurti .

           This is because the mind can ‘know’ only from one perspective, and yet it can 'unknow' from an infinity of implausible points of view; thus the infinite radiations of The Mystery of God are born in the spacious womb of this ignorance, and not in the confined ovum of conceptualization.

“If you are to know God divinely,” intoned Meister Eckhart, “your own knowledge must become as pure ignorance, in which you forget yourself and every other creature.”

The Great Self (if I can use that term without muddling up our incomprehension) cannot be contained in the limited vessel of the mind, and thus thought must be conquered, in order to let God be God.

The kun byed rgyal po’i mdo, speaking from the voice of the Creator, categorically states: “Oh great bodhisattva, listen! ...I do not teach that the objects are unrelated to the self because the root of all things is nothing but one self, and therefore it is impossible that the self looks at itself in terms of a doctrinal view. Therefore it is [known as] the teaching ‘no contemplation of doctrinal views’. ...I transcend the scope of all sensory perception, and therefore from the primordial, there is no point in theorizing Me or in meditating upon Me. doctrinal view [about Me] should be contemplated upon. Likewise...My true nature lack[s] meaning, so do not reflect upon a possible meaning. ... Unconceptualized I am beyond being an object of thinking. ...The nature of the All-Creating Sovereign, mind of perfect purity, is unborn and of a non-conceptual nature, and from it the various objects come forth as the wonders of origination...of ceaseless creation. ...Oh great bodhisattva, intuit this quintessential point! Because I am totally beyond the scope of sensory perception, I am beyond the scope of the senses, and I do not come through words. My nature is comprehensive and dwells in the empty circle. It is explained as non-conceptual, non-dual, and one from the primordial.” [brackets are translator’s]

Once again, it is absolutely ridiculous, and futile, to persist in trying to understand what cannot be understood; in our highest pursuits, the mind is absolutely not the Way, instead it is in the way.

M.L. Hawkins suggests to: “Go into the Darkness and put your hand into the hand of God. That shall be to you better than light and safer than a known way.”

           The ‘infinite darkness’, as stated by Hawkins above, is the mind’s humble reckoning with the infinite enigma, and only from that humility is the truly magnificent seen for what it truly is: mind-boggling and ineffable. Only in the full appreciation and assimilation of this consciousness do we justify, and not blasphemy, the unsurpassable immensity of the unknowable word God.


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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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