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Thomas Merton, Eom Ida Mingle, the Dhammapada, contemplation, and mystical Christianity

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




“For in contemplation we know by ‘unknowing’.”

Thomas Merton



To truly contemplate, is to con-template- it is to have a blank slate, no ‘template’, no image (graven or otherwise), no pattern, no right or wrong, no rules. And from such unconditional openness we regain our birthright in wonder.

Blessed indeed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of mystery.

As Eom Ida Mingle, in her prophetic tome of mystical Christianity, concludes: “¼it is in the surrender of both the good and the evil of mortal sense that consciousness of reality of being is identified. ¼[For] it is only when the ego has polarized both good and evil in their negative-positive aspects, each being equally non-attractive, that their forces are reduced in consciousness to their primal emptiness, or no-thing, and are usable toward reproducing the man of God’s idealizing; for the man did eat every tree in the garden, including the ‘tree of the knowledge of good and evil,’ and died to being, hence, [he] must cease to eat before he can enter into his godly state of being. ¼[For] good and evil are unknown in life eternal. ¼[Thus] those who have ceased to eat of ‘the fruit of the knowledge of good and evil’ are eligible to eat from the ‘tree of life’.

This ‘surrender of both good and evil’ is quite a task however.  The difficulty is professed by Cioran who, seeking support from the east, notes: “In the Dhammapada it is suggested that, in order to achieve deliverance, we must be rid of the double yoke of Good and Evil. That Good itself should be one of our fetters we are too spiritually retarded to be able to admit. And so we shall not be delivered.”

This is a crucial recognition- that not only must the idea of evil be renounced, but that of good as well, for without one the other cannot exist. To see or seek goodness is to create badness. Thus it is quite a task for ardent optimists and positive thinkers to bridge the gap of good and evil and forge a common one, for to hold onto the hope or idea of the ‘good’, is to maintain the duality without admitting it, and to still be fallen from the Unknowable, Amoral One.


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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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