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Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj, Osho, John Claypool, ecstasy, pure being, and childhood wonder

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

 

         

 

“My Guru told me: that child, which is you even now, is your real self. Go back to that state of pure being, where the ‘I am’ is still in its purity before it got contaminated with ‘this I am’ or ‘that I am’.”

Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

 

 

And so if, as it is said, God is Unknowable, then it is knowledge which prevents one’s perception of God the Mystery, and this is why childlike perception is essential, because any perspective which does not see mystery does not see God. Along the lines of this recognition, John Claypool suggests how we arrive at such a place; he states: “This is ecstasy. To be caught up out of one’s self in joy over some reality is exactly the sort of experience God wants each one of us to have, for remember we are made in his image, and [this]...is our true destiny. Right here is where the creativity of life is to be found- when we let ‘the child within us’ out to play and to leap and to celebrate.”

To ‘become as children’, then, is to see everything as new, to fall into wonder, to play in the moment, and to give up the pretense of knowing. 

The trick, though, is not to become children again, but to become like children; to let go of all grown-up pride and understanding, and to let the magic of existence return.

Osho describes this process about one who has become innocent again; this person, he says, “has come to know that nothing can be known, that knowledge is impossible, that ignorance is the very nature of existence because it is a mystery. In his ignorance he has become relaxed. He rests in his ignorance. He has become innocent like a child.”

To ‘become as children’ merely requires the art of forgetting, for it is only the useless things we have learned which stand between us and the unknowable, and once they are cast aside, nothing remains to obstruct It.

And it is only the Doubting Thomas within us which cannot accept the possibility of a return to mind boggling wonder- as it was with the disciple who doubted that it was possible to be reborn again, to enter into the womb for a second time. And yet that is the very problem: trying to conceive of the inconceivable, which is a vicious circle from which there is no escape. The mind creates the walls, and the mind defends them, and it is only after the hubris of thought has dwindled to nothing that the soul becomes youthful again.

 

 

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THE WAY OF WONDER: a return to the mystery of ourselves

by Jack Haas

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