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Lao Tzu, Ram Dass, unknowing, discipline, knowledge, and the mystery of being

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

 

                                        

         

 “The ancient Masters didn’t try to educate the people,

but kindly taught them how to not-know.”

Lao Tzu

 

 

           The door to infinity forever lies open to anyone who chooses to walk through it. And that door lies within us, and no knowledge, nor action, nor discipline, will help us find it, for it is not by doing or knowing, but by undoing and unknowing that we open ourselves to the truth.

This is an amethodological methodology- the reversal of the mind which is endlessly seeking, for the only way to learn to not-know, is not to ‘try’ to unknow, but to see knowledge for what it truly is- a hoax; to see that there is no such thing as ‘understanding’; in this way we learn to not-know continually.

Ram Dass humbly confessed: “When my guru wanted to compliment me, he called me simple; when he wanted to chide me, he called me clever.”

            And so the essential re-cognition is that there is nothing to solve, because ...there is no problem; the problem is the search for a solution. For if we use the mind as a way out, we shall be ‘way out’ but we shall have escaped nothing but ourselves. We must simply acknowledge that there is nowhere to go, there is nothing to do, and there is no knowledge to know. We need only just ‘be’, and revel intimately in the eternal now mystery of being.

           That is, in the relaxed, yet sedulous gaze of honest attention, the natural dissolution of our commonplace self occurs, and though everything remains exactly as it was ...it is no longer commonplace.

 

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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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