Monk In The World

To be a monk is to have time to practice for your transformation and healing. And after that to help with the transformation and healing of other people.

Thich Nhat Hanh

Monday, September 16, 2013


Wayfarer, your footsteps are the way,
and nothing more;
Wayfarer, there is no
way, the way is in the walking.
Antonio Machado

Panikkar, Raimon (2013-03-18). Rhythm of Being: The Gifford Lectures (Kindle Location 881). Orbis Books. Kindle Edition.   The Gifford Lectures (Kindle Locations 883-884). Orbis Books. 



The Holistic Attempt To lead us into wholeness (Paradise) is the most arduous task Beatrice has to perform. Even if for an ordinary pilgrimage each pilgrim has to find a personal path, in this ultimate journey to the real there is no way, because all the paths already belong to the reality we are searching for. There is no method, no way as it has been said. We are already the method, “on the way,” and the real way is precisely the goal, not necessarily the aim. Perhaps real wisdom consists in this experience: that there is no way, not because the summit is far away and has no path, but because there is no further way since there is no-where else to go. We are already there, the way is the goal: saṁsāra is nirvāṇa, each step is the definitive step, even if afterwards we discover that it has not been the last. When Christ says “I am the Way, the Truth and the Life” 15 he is not saying three different things, but is revealing that the real way is itself the Truth and that this Truth is no other thing than Life. This is more than affirming that the method is sui generis, a proper and unique method. It amounts to saying that our common habits of research and of thinking are not applicable here. No “Discours de la méthode” is helpful here. Rather than a way to reach the goal, we should speak of how to open up to that very Whole that permeates us, and not just to a part, but to an image, an icon that reflects the Whole. The proper word would be contemplation in its deepest sense. The only “method” is not to prepare the way, but to prepare ourselves. The sages of all traditions have called it the “purification of the heart,” an interior pilgrimage.

Panikkar, Raimon (2013-03-18). Rhythm of Being: The Gifford Lectures (Kindle Locations 983-986). Orbis Books. Kindle Edition.