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Rimbaud, J. D. Salinger, G. K. Chesterton, David Goddard, cosmic consciousness, and being mad

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




“I ended by finding something sacred

in the disorder of my mind.”




Recalling that the English word ‘mystery’ is a direct translation from the original Greek word for ‘sacred’, we can see that to not allow mystery into our lives is to desecrate (de-secret) all of life. To exist without awe is a sacrilege.

For “The hallmark, then, of the advanced religious, nonsectarian or any other”, states J.D. Salinger, “...the hallmark most commonly identifying this person is that he very frequently behaves like a fool, even an imbecile.”

Perhaps this is the reason why Jiddu Krishnamurti was constantly stating that one must give up the desire for respectability if one is to progress towards reality; that is, one must not worry about being respectable, because only madness will set one free.

As such, David Goddard claims: “The enlightened sage is one who has attained cosmic consciousness- who is a fool as the world judges things and is free from the illusion of separateness, liberated from all appearances and limitations.”

And Osho describes a god-enlightened being as such: “...he was a madman- all religious people are mad. Mad, because they don't trust reason. Mad, because they love life. Mad, because they can dance and they can sing. Mad, because to them life is not a question, not a problem to be solved but a mystery into which one has dissolved. ...I am waiting for the day you are ready, so I can be as absurd as God is.”

This point is summed up by G.K. Chesterton, describing the holy fool St. Francis of Assisi: “He had made a fool of himself¼ [T]here was not a rag of him that was not ridiculous. Everybody knew that at the best he had made a fool of himself. It was a solid objective fact, like the stones in the road, that he had made a fool of himself¼[but] he was wearing the¼word ‘fool’ as a feather in his cap; as a crest or crown. He would go on being a fool; he would become more and more of a fool; he would be the court fool of the King of Paradise. ¼And we can say¼that the stars which passed above¼ the rocky floor had for once in all their shining cycles round the world of laboring humanity, looked down upon a happy man.”

Ignorance is bliss. How perilously far we have come from wonder, exuberance, innocence, and laughter. And oh what foolishness it will require to take us back.


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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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