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Russell Hoban, Riddley Walker, Nicholas Roerich, Robert Graves, and apocalyptic newness

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




“You fear so much to become ridiculous... And you are shocked at the call: Be new! be new! Not as on a stage, but in your own life.”

Nicholas Roerich



          Hopefully this never-ending process will eventually cause all of us to imperfectly exclaim, along with Robert Graves, “I in a new understanding of my confusion”, and with Russell Hoban’s unlettered, vernacular character, Riddley Walker, “Right then I dint know where I wer with any thing becaws all on a suddn I wernt seeing any thing from where I seen it befor.”

For if we do not wipe the knowledge of ourselves- the belief that we do, or can, understand ourselves- from the very fabric of our lives, we will not reach our exalted selves, but instead we will continue to believe that we are not the mystery which we are, and so continue to live how we shouldn’t.

           When the true, new ecstatic opening occurs in the mind- when the ground breaks out from beneath us and leads to absolute aghastness, and to basking in the fabulous glow of never-ending novel wonder- this is simply the most enjoyable of all possible vertiginous apocalypses.

Yeats suggests, “In the place of the old; made from the old, yet, as it were, pure. All memory has vanished, the Spirit no longer knows what its name has been, it is at last free in relation to Spirits free like itself.”

           Truly this is to be intimate and yet alien with all that is. And so, contrary to the assertions of academicians, logicians, and pedants, it is the event which nonplusses us which is more essential than the one which expounds; true  ‘realization’ is not the dissolution of enigma, but the exposure.


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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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