Wonder, No Worries

If ignorance is not knowing how to know not, and we're supposed to do nothing but get comfortable not knowing, what the heck is that supposed to be like? It just sounds like some crazy circle that leads nowhere!  Don't we need to know where we are going?  How are we supposed to get there?  Aren't we supposed to do good deeds or something?  How can we just do nothing and know nothing? And the mitote rambles on!

These are the kind of arguments that really twinkled the eyes of the wise sages and teachers, because at their core was what is central to their most important teachings. By example and parable, they advocated their followers take the easy way out through not knowing.  Time and again those followers, being more concerned about the potential dangers of not knowing, just didn't get it.

Jesus' not knowing comfort level just about drove his disciples crazy, and makes for some of the best stories.  While the apostles worried about loaves of bread, getting their nets full of fish, the tax man, feeding the poor, storms at sea, and having enough wine at the party, the Christ talked down human attachments saying it was easier for a camel to crawl through a tiny gate reserved for animals in the walls around Jerusalem, than for a rich man to get into the kingdom of God. 

Of all the possessions we have, it is our treasure trove of experience and knowledge to which we are most attached and which most costs us our comfort. Jesus' advice for his followers was to be like little children, teaching them to be be unattached and comfortable knowing nothing.

The eyes of the Buddha surely twinkled as he silently held up a little flower to underline his teaching on being comfortable not knowing. It is said only his lifelong friend understood what he meant.  Later the poet Valmiki explained through the words of the sage Vashistha, "It is easier to cease to entertain notions, than it is to crush a flower that lies in the palm of your hand. The latter demands effort, the former is effortless." 

To cease entertaining notions is to do nothing and to Nevermind is a great way to do nothing. While the three strings of five are filled with limiting conditions, What we do not know is completely unconditional.  It is/in the space between all thoughts, words and deeds, the expansive ground for all that appears to be. 

Fully realizing (knowing) the expansiveness of being without condition (nothing) makes us much the same as little children, full of potential to which we are not attached, living in wonder rather than worry.  Wonder, not worry, offers easy, complete freedom from the cumbersome tenets of loss, lack and limitation.  It is this teaching of the age we are leaving that ushers in a new way of being. Lucid!

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