​To truly know is to know that to know is not to know

THE ESSENCE OF TRUE RELIGION

A real man of understanding knows that he does not know at all. His ignorance is profound. And out of this ignorance arises innocence. When you know, you become cunning. When you know, you become clever. When you know, you lose that innocence of childhood.

You have lived with a woman for thirty years, and you call her your wife, or with a man, for fifty years; do you know the man or the woman? A child is born to you; do you know him? Have you looked into his eyes? Can you claim that you know him? What, really, do you know?

If the ultimate is a mystery, then life becomes a life of wonder and untellable benediction. If the ultimate is not known, then unfathomable gratitude and humility arises. If the ultimate is known – or you THINK that it is known – then philosophy/ego/greed/lust arises. 

Wherever you find mystery there is God. The more you know, the less you will be aware of God; the less you know, the closer God will be to you. If you don’t know anything, if you can say with absolute confidence, “I don’t know”; if this ” I don’t know comes from the deepest core of your being, then God will manifest in your very core, in the very beat of your heart. And then unfathomable peace and Bliss arises… Then one falls in love with this tremendous mystery that surrounds you.

That is the essence of true religion. True religion is not after mere explanations and stupid justifications. It is not a quest for the explanation to feed the insatiable ego-mind. Rather, it is an exploration of love, a non-ending journey into love.

4 thoughts on “​To truly know is to know that to know is not to know

  1. But you are suggesting in the article that love is innocence, which is a different thing to knowing. When Socrates said “all I know is that I know nothing” he was expressing the wisdom of knowing that knowledge is a difficult thing to grasp, but he wasn’t suggesting that one shouldn’t try to grasp it, which is what you seem to proclaim by asserting the virtues of innocence. The innocent accepts, but does not understand; and appreciation for the innocent is a blind gullibility. Yes, that is what religious faith demands, but it cannot be squared with the idea that “love” is “knowing” because it negates understanding and therefore nullifies any authentic appreciation of the object that is loved.

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