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T. S. Eliot, Jiddu Krishnamurti , Anais Nin, Clarice Lispector, memory, God, and poetry

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




“Because I know I shall not know.”

T.S. Eliot



To be ourselves- that is the only thing we are after. It is very simple, and very hard. We open ourselves up by forgetting, we forget ourselves by studying ourselves, and we study ourselves by letting go of the mind and its shackles- by seeing life new again, without praise, disdain, right, wrong, bias, judgment, or expectation. “The mind which is not crippled by memory has real freedom”, declared Jiddu Krishnamurti .

And thus “The loss of memory,” admitted Anais Nin, “was like the loss of a chain. With all this fluidity came a great lightness. Without memory I was immensely light, vaporous, fluid. The memory was the density which I could not transcend...”

           Kahn describes this experience as such: “A really musical soul is someone who has forgotten himself in music; just as a real poet is someone who forgets himself in poetry, and a worldly soul is someone who has lost himself in the world. And godly is the soul who has forgotten himself in God. ...[Such individuals] altogether lost the idea of their own being, and in that way they deepened and became one with the thing they had come to give to the world. The key to perfection is to be found in forgetting the self.”

Every step of this re-awakening is death, but only the death of facts and labels, and these are already dead. Courageously dying in the mind is the only way to re-create an opening for the true and the real to occur, for nothing new will ever be born from a lie.

What we have called ‘knowing’ is so thoroughly erroneous that the only truth lies in the absence of all we know, not in the addition of further facts.

Writing about one of her characters, Clarice Lispector delivers one of her subtle observations about this process, stating: “Then by means of a very familiar lack of comprehension the man at last began to be himself in an indistinct sort of way.”

            To be ourselves is to know nothing. In such a state of unworrying acceptance of ‘being’, without ‘doing’ anything about it, there it is that we shall find and be ourselves uninhibitedly.


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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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