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Metanoia, Aramaic, Lalla, Christ, Stepan Stulginsky, newness of mind, and repentance

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




“Since I scoured my mind and my body,

I too, Lalla, am new, each moment new.”




           This is the way to be ‘born again’, as we have seen- to be new again, and again, and again. Hence Augustine's injunction to “Be reformed in the newness of your mind.”

It is this ‘new mind’ which Christ referred to in the gospels, and which was translated from Aramaic into the Greek word, ‘metanoia’, which means, in English: a ‘change of knowing’ (meta: change; -noia: knowledge), or ‘to know differently than you now know’. This word, metanoia, which is absolutely epistemological in its root and essence, has been disastrously mistranslated in the English Bible as the morally burdened word ‘repent’. Yet even re-pent (as in penser: to think (Fr.)) has the historical quality of a reversal of the mind. Thus we see that Christ was not an ardent moralist, bent on exacting merciless penance from recalcitrant sinners, but was instead attempting to bring about a new mind by radically shifting the individual’s consciousness away from the erroneous outlook of the day.

And why must we ‘change’ (i.e. re-pent) the way we see things? Because we shall not see the ‘new’ until we stop seeing the ‘old’. We shall not begin to see clearly, until we cease to see unclearly, until we have a ‘metanoia’.

The lessons of the occident are clear: we must not create graven images, but instead become as children by repenting of our old ways of thinking, therefore entering with virgin minds into mysterious newness. 

But what that newness is we certainly cannot suppose, for that supposition would be based on the old mind, and therefore the only option is to relinquish ‘what was’ and create a space for what ‘will be’. This statement is explained by Stepan Stulginsky, who states: “It is dreadful when people approach new conditions with their old habits. ...Only the blind can think that tomorrow will be like yesterday! The world in confusion demands the search for new ways. The aspiration of humanity toward the unusual will give it the understanding of the New. ...[But] before the rise of the New...the old foundations crumble. Thus, upon the ruins of [our] old world there rises a new evolution.”

As above, so below. As without, so within.


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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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