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Hindu awakening: enlightenment, samadhi, wisdom: India
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We now hear briefly from the not-so-distant East- that great land of crazy mysticism, India, where all realms, from the profane, through the symbolic and mythical, to the spiritual and divine, blend into an inexplicable One. In India there has arisen numerous writings containing the same basic realization of human ignorance in the face of the Mystery, and the same admonishment that it is better to accept one's incomprehension and applaud the enigma, than to deny one's ignorance and desecrate it.
"Better than the sacrifice of any objects
is the sacrifice of wisdom."
To give up expectation, to stop thinking about what one is, or is supposed to do, or what one thinks one knows, and instead to simply 'be'- to forget all about right and wrong, and to dwell in the absence of memory or planning- is to come to exist in the reality of 'what is'. Such is the outcome of the 'sacrifice' of wisdom. From that sacrifice (that is, from surrendering any assumption that one understands life) the now-moment of 'what is' occurs continually to the innocent mind; both the past and future are thwarted from appearing in the individual's thoughts, because the mind is empty of all but the unknowable spectacle dancing in front of the eyes which do nothing but witness the living now. And this miraculous dance of action and repose will not happen..."Till you know and lose this knowing...", according to the Mahadeviyakka. That is, until you sacrifice your 'wisdom'.
The message is clear- we must tangle in the cobwebs of life without being bitten by the spider. We must live in the world of concepts and constructs without falling prey to the limitations which circumscribe them. We must exist within unmystery while yet seeing only mystery.
Lakshminkara called out mightily, "If it confounds you, o seeker, drop concepts now!"
For it is only through the mundane that we come to sense the sacred; they are not two different realms, for there is only One realm. The sacred is the mundane deprived of all its conceptual garments.
As the Kena Upanishad states of this One realm: "There the eye goes not, speech goes not, nor the mind. …Other it is than the known. And moreover above the unknown."
Recognizing this, it is then much easier to give full glory to the magnitude of 'being', surrendering all our pride in knowing, and thus letting life overwhelm us with its remarkable implausibility. Than shall we be wise, for, as the Bhagavad Gita claims: "Wisdom is enveloped in unwisdom, therewith mortals are deluded."
If, then, unwisdom is 'enveloping' wisdom, we must simply get rid of unwisdom; we must clean the slate off completely. Nothing can remain, or the residue will taint what must be pure.
"To know is not to know;
not to know is to know."
We will come to this final, paradoxical recognition only when the linear mind has been completely destroyed. Then the labels we have placed on the seemingly separate parts of the One Whole Mystery will be seen as they truly are- merely labels on fragments of the Great Unknowable.
And then, states the Kalika Purana, "You will go wandering about the earth, striking bewilderment into men and women with your flower-bow and shafts, and in this way bring to pass the continuous creation of the world."
(excerpted from THE WAY OF WONDER: a return to the mystery of ourselves, by Jack Haas)