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Sam Keen, Chuang Tzu, Osho, knowing, authentic existence, innocence, and mystery

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




“…the attitude of wonder

…is a prerequisite of authentic humanness.”

Sam Keen



All is authentic, all is natural, all is mysterious.

Chuang Tzu proffered the following observation: “Knowing enough to stop when one does not know is perfection. ¼If a man can understand this, then he may be called the treasure house of heaven. Pour into it and it will never be filled; pour out of it, and it will never be emptied. Yet no one knows why this is so. This is called the hidden light.”

           Which is to say that to ‘stop at mystery’ without proceeding ‘into’ the realm of speculation and therefore hazardously plunging into the realm of context and content, is to remain in the primordial reality, rather than being trapped in the paradigmatic illusion; this is to be consciously ignorant of that towards which one is indeed truly ignorant, and to not flee from this wild and rapturous unknowing.

            No matter how sacred or profane, simplistic or complex our models or paradigms of perception and explanation are, they are all nonetheless bound to the limitation of particularization; that is, they are all attempts to explain the parts within the whole, rather than the whole itself (for the word ‘analysis’, after all, means ‘to divide’). And, in fact, these explanations inherently arise from the perspective, capacity, and language of the ‘part’ itself, which is the individual. Thus, in each case of ‘paradigmatic knowing’, the individual merely succeeds to trap him or herself further within the paradigm, by the very act of their own particularized understanding; for they have created a central reference point, a ‘knower’ within the known, and have therefore limited the limitlessness of the centerless whole.

If, however, there is one and only One Whole, only the whole itself is capable of true understanding and therefore true explanation; the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. Therefore all knowledge- from the linear to the esoteric- is true and valid only within the field to which it belongs, but not as ‘truth’ per se. When a person realizes this completely- that they are only part of the whole- they cease to try to understand from a ‘point of view’, and instead become softer, less rigid with their definitions of life and of themselves, and in that they merge back innocently into the whole, and the mystery awakens to itself.

Hence Osho proclaimed: “To know is to know that to know is not to know, and that not to know is to know. A real man of understanding knows that he does not know at all. His ignorance is profound. And out of this ignorance arises innocence.”

All is marvelous. All is magnificent. All is mystery. We need only be calm and innocent enough, now and forever, to become able to see It.

Thus ‘true ignorance’ is the sine qua non for existing within the contextual drama of existence without being helplessly contained by it; ignorance is the ballast of the pilotless and yet unfloundering ship. Upon these waves of awe we need not find a sure anchor, we need only learn how to glide.


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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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