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U. G. Krishnamurti , J. Krishnamurti , Hazrat Inayat Kahn, and the Cloud of Unknowing

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




“I maintain that your natural state is one of ‘not knowing’.”

U.G. Krishnamurti



           We must learn to constantly do-away-with, so as to constantly be living in the equilibrium of awe- which is intimate, in-tune-with, and aware of life’s inherent brilliance. This is the hallmark of forever confronting the unknown within, and all around us.

As the directives from The Cloud of Unknowing continue: “Be willing to be blind, and give up all longing to know the why and how, for knowing will be more of a hindrance than a help.”

           It is therefore essential that the individual ‘unknow’ what he or she ‘knows’, ceaselessly abandoning the myth of knowing. The mind must learn to exorcise its contents at every moment, or it will continually be full when it should be perpetually empty.

           Passages from the ancient kun byed rgyal po’i mdo continue this point: “...investigation and meditation are particularly pointless [for realizing] the manifestation of truth...and...the self-originating pristine awareness. ...If no [theoretical framework] is applied...mind will shine forth as [it has been] from the beginning. ...The eye which sees the no-object, sees the wonder. …Who separate themselves from what they hear and what people talk about, they will remain in a state of union with things and Reality, and will be inseparable from them.” [brackets are translator’s]

            We must leave no stone unturned, nor any scraps of truth remaining by which the vain and deluded mind might sustain itself. We must forget what we are not, if ever we are to be what we truly are.

A comment by the Sufi Hazrat Inayat Kahn expands upon this theme: “All ideas have been learned from one source or another; yet in time one comes to think they are one's own. And for those ideas a person will argue and dispute, although they do not satisfy him fully; but at the same time they are his battleground, and they will continue to keep his cup covered. Mystics therefore have adopted a different way. They have learned a different course, and that course is self-effacement, or in other words, unlearning what one has learned; and this is how one can become an empty cup... One may think that in this way one loses one's individuality; but what is individuality? Is it not what is collected? What are one's ideas and opinions? They are just collected knowledge, and this knowledge should be unlearned.”

J. Krishnamurti concurred with this idea, stating: “Thought can never bring about innocency and humility and yet it is innocency and humility that keep the mind young, sensitive, incorruptible. Freedom from the known is the ending of thought; to die to thought, from moment to moment, is to be free from the known. It is this death that puts an end to decay.”

Such is the case, that if we are to transform, like the butterfly, first we must enter the darkened cocoon as a confused, suffering, shivering, caterpillar; we must die to the tantalizing light, if ever we are to grow wings, break free, leave the ground, and fly.



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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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