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walking to the knowing ~ from scent to rose

Apr 30, 2020

The Union of Love

*Brian Wilcox. 'The Union of Love'

Copy of Greek Orthodox icon, painted by Iconographer Thomas Doolan, was printed in the workshop of Saint Gregory of Sinai Monastery, Berkeley, California, is of "The 'Glykophylousa' Virgin and Child," 11th Century. The Greek 'Glykophylousia' means "sweetly-kissing."

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A man had pneumonia and went to a doctor. The doctor prescribed medication. After the sick man got the prescription filled, he read all about the drug. He was found dead, several days later, in his home. Beside him was a stack of printed articles about the drug - ingredients, usages, how it worked, side effects, what to do in case of accidental overdose, and so forth. He had not removed a single pill from the bottle.

Knowing about keeps Truth at a distance; knowing is beyond intellection, is intimacy. To know the Truth, one has to welcome the Truth into oneself. Then, one realizes, not just knows about, the Truth.

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A religious believer asked, "Do you believe in God?" "I once did," said the Sage. "What happened?" inquired the believer. Answered the Sage, "I know God." The believer asked, "What's the difference between believing in God and knowing God?" Said the Sage, "When you come to the end of believing, you'll know."

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On a June day, the grass said to the shadow of an elm tree, "You move to right and left over-often, and you disturb my peace."

The shadow answered, “Not I, not I. Look skyward. There's a tree that moves in the wind to the east and to the west, between the sun and the earth."

And the grass looked up and for the first time saw the tree. It said in its heart, "Why, look, there's a larger grass than myself."

And the grass was silent.

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Knowing Something

Thomas Aquinas
esteemed greatest of all Catholic theologians
received a sacred revelation
while celebrating mass in Naples
afterward, he said,
I can no longer write,
for God has given me such glorious knowledge
that all contained in my works are as straw"

three months later he died
his prodigious work, Summa Theologica, incomplete

Transpersonal-integral philosopher, Ken Wilber . . .
You have to know that there actually is a transcendental something, if you are going to free anybody from anything—if there is no beyond-the-given, there is no freedom from the given, and liberation is futile

If there are only surfaces - its - relatives -
no one can realize depth - the Absolute -
the Something making surfaces possible

And what can we say
of all those who have spoken
of knowing intimately Something
more than us
through the ages
in widely divergent and distant cultures?

That they
were all

That humans
with their minds
that royalty-posing little 'i'
assumes it can logically deny the Something
is lauded as intelligent, is faddish now,
but is ignorant

for one has to ignore
too much
logically to deny

Yet, as the philosopher Dallas Williard wrote
of the esteem given the doubters in American culture . . .
You can almost be as stupid as a cabbage
as long as you doubt

and be considered smart

It seems they forget
to inquire to themselves:
"What just is this God that I deny? -
that God isn't, for it's the God
created by little i-s in the first place

The God of deniers is
sewn from the same cloth as
the God of believers

Only when saying
"I know for I don't know"
does one know

we are playing the ancient
idolatry game

To say
we don't agree on what the Something is
isn't saying that Something isn't
the Mystery is a sure ain't nothing
says the Buddhist, Lama Surya Das

This nonceptual Something
can't be affirmed or denied conceptually
literalistic theism and literalistic atheism
being bad-faith creeds

Belief and non-belief
each is a

Like the debris
on the Sea saying
"There're no Sea-depths"

Like a leaf
floating on a river saying
"There's no water"

To know God
one must realize (so, realization)
God - be in-godded

we're like lovers trying to enjoy coitus
with all our clothes on -
"Oh! how futile this is!"

- And, can't that be
a reason for the affirmation of or denial of
the God in our minds
for we're fearful to open our hearts to Love Itself? -

among those who say God, God, God . . .
they live a practical atheism

To know
the taste of water
one tastes water

The taste of water
without tasting
can't be denied or affirmed


The ancient poem in the Jewish Scriptures, Psalms,
Taste and see
the Living One is good

one may begin as a believer
a theorizer

continuing to walk the Way
walks to knowing

This doesn't mean
one knows
what this is he or she knows

The more subtle
the less definable, describable
the more elusive

The Infinite is
infinitely elusive -
can you hold the wind in your hands?

Realization means
one knows
one knows

There being
no separation between
knowing and known


Loving this Something known
knowing this Something one loves


The knowing
is direct
a loving-knowing

To know is to love
to love is to know

Christian contemplatives
speak of
a loving-knowledge

Without Something
we live in a world of its
its among its - objects among objects

If that's so
love is not love
only the stimulation of neurons, hormones, and nerves -
the words "I love you" mean nothing at all
but you-a-body do something to me-a-body

Simply put
that we truly love anyone, anything says
there is Something

Something moves
the grass
under the trees

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The Sage was asked, then, by the believer, "How may I know this beyond belief?" The Sage told a story.

Once a man in India, planning a vacation with his family, was told by a friend, "You'd really enjoy visiting Bombay. My family and I went there on vacation and found it to be a delightful city." He proceeded to speak of what his family enjoyed about the city. The husband talked with his family, "My friend says Bombay would be a wonderful place for our vacation. It sure sounds so to me!" So, the family decided to go to Bombay. They drove a long distance and came upon a sign reading "Bombay." The family, disappointed, returned home. Later, the husband met his friend, who asked, "How was the vacation in Bombay?" "Not very good," the husband replied. "We went all the way to Bombay. Bombay didn't impress us at all. Unlike what you said, it was just a sign beside the road."

The Sage said, "The Way of the signs is the Way beyond the signs. The Way of love leads to the Beloved, the Lover, even as the scent of the rose awakens one to the rose."

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©️ Brian Wilcox, 2020

*Brian can be contacted at briankwilcox@gmx.com; his book, An Ache for Union: Poems on Oneness with God through Love, is available through major online booksellers, including Amazon and Books-A-Million, or via the publisher, AuthorHouse.

*Sources ... "On a June day..." The Shadow, in Kahlil Gibran. The Complete Works of Kahlil Gibran; Dallas Williard. Hearing God; Ken Wilber. OneTaste; Lama Surya Das, Dozgchen Meditation Training.


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