“The greatest of knowledge is to know that knowledge cannot be known.”
The distinction that Chuang Tzu is making is that of knowledge or concept versus experience. To have conceptual knowledge of something is never the same as having the experience of it. In this understanding… concept limits experience because it colors it in one way or another. The greatest knowledge question then is… what remains when the concept is relinquished? What remains is essence.
Egoic perspective is ruled by concept. It lives in a world of definitions and explanations through which it substantiates its illusory separate identity.
For example… if we define a flower as a rose… or a tulip… we embellish separation and further limit our experience of its essence as a form of life and forfeit holistic communion.
This week… let us bring wakefulness to how knowledge limits experience. Let us rather suspend definitions and explanations and judgments… and just be aware of essence. In this understanding… we are but a witnessing consciousness watching itself in unlimited bliss… the result of which is holistic fulfillment.
- Tags: Francis Bacon