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Swamiji Shyam, Thomas Carlyle, teachers, mentors, knowledge, and false learning

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




“So far as concepts are concerned, they are all lies.”

Swamiji Shyam



            We see now that many different individuals have come to the uncomfortable realization that what we have called learning is not learning at all, and what we have thought was truth is not true all, and what we were told was useful knowledge was nothing more than ‘twaddle’.

            The ever recalcitrant, Thomas Carlyle, had even less glowing words for his mentors; in his aggressively rhetorical style, he avowed: “My teachers were hide-bound Pedants, without knowledge of man’s nature, or of boy’s; or of aught save their lexicons and quarterly account books. Innumerable dead Vocables...they crammed into us, and called it fostering the growth of mind.  How can an inanimate, mechanical Gerund-grinder, the like of whom will, in a subsequent century, be manufactured at Nurunberg out of wood and leather, foster the growth of anything, much more of the mind, which grows not like a vegetable...but like a spirit, by mysterious contact of Spirit. ...[A true] man deals much in the feeling of Wonder; insists on the necessity and high worth of universal Wonder; which he holds to be the only reasonable tempter for the denizen of so singular a Planet as ours. the basis of Worship; The reign of wonder is perennial, indestructible in Man. ...[And] science, which is to destroy Wonder, and in its stead substitute Mensuration and Numeration, finds small favour [with us]... Above all, that class of Logic-choppers, and trebble-pipe Scoffers, and professed Enemies of Wonder; who, in these days, so numerously patrol as night-constables about the Mechanic’s Institute of Science, and cackle, like true Old-Roman geese and goslings round their Capitol, on any alarm, or on none; nay, who often, as illumined Sceptics, walk abroad into peaceable society, in full day-light, with rattle and lantern, and insist on guiding you and guarding you therewith, though the Sun is shining... That whole class is inexpressibly wearisome. ...[For] the man who cannot wonder, who does not habitually but a Pair of Spectacles behind which there is no Eye.”

Put bluntly (as if it has not been put bluntly enough already): knowledge is dishonesty. Our teachers could only make excuses for not understanding anything, and these excuses were what they call 'knowing'. And then, from this first, gigantic error, there erupted the dogma of learning their ‘truths’, which then continued the irrevocable chain of indoctrination so perniciously administered under the false auspices of ‘learning’. But such learning is a shackle on the freedom of the soul, a cage built around a fledgling bird.


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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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