10 – The Sense of Mystery

To keep his practice alive, the seeker must stimulate and renew his interest by cultivating a sense of mystery.
To keep the sense of mystery within oneself is to feel that what we are seeking is infinitely beyond us; that the meaning of the practice and the insights which we gain from it is always to be called into question so we do not limit ourselves to predetermined answers, even those given by Salim. He always kept to a very high degree the sense of mystery of the Universe within himself, the mystery of our presence on this Earth, of this work on ourselves, and so on.

Fruits of the Path to Awakening –

Excerpts from Chapter 1 – The Sense of Mystery

In order to be assisted in such an important process, such a serious and extraordinary process which usually remains out of reach for most men and women living on this Earth, the seeker must—without indulging in puerile imaginings—cultivate a sense of mystery around that which he is looking to achieve spiritually.
Indeed, the search for one’s Origin—or in other words, what he has emerged from and into which he shall be reabsorbed when that fateful hour arrives for him when he will have to leave the existential world—will finally lead him to find himself faced with the enigma of the Infinite within him.
One should stress the fact that all the higher states of being and consciousness which he may succeed in experiencing at certain moments during his meditation sessions or in the course of the efforts he makes throughout his activities in external life can, by virtue of their nature, only remain for a long time yet, enigmas which are beyond him. And, most fortunately, this side of his being remains, to a greater or lesser extent, a mystery beyond his capacity of human comprehension, because, for so long as the Infinite remains an enigma which eludes him, he will be encouraged not to neglect his duty towards this side of his double nature, in other words, to try to keep this Ineffable Impersonal Feeling to which he has been awakened, alive in him !
He must come to realize that it is of the greatest importance for him to carry the sense of mystery continuously within him so that his meditation does not gradually sink into a routine, banal practice, as is the case for so many seekers, including in a good few monasteries and ashrams in the West as well as the East—a routine which tragically obstructs the way leading to the discovery of their Heavenly Origin.

So that the seeker is assisted in his efforts to remain profoundly present and conscious of himself inside—a particular manner of being to which he is totally unused, but which proves to be necessary for what he seeks to accomplish in himself—the sense of mystery must remain alive in him, accompanying him everywhere and in everything he does: the mystery of this enigmatic silent call which makes itself felt in him at the most unexpected moments and which eludes him, the mystery of the Cosmos, the mystery of the aim of Creation, the mystery of his own life, of his consciousness, his mind, and so on.
Essentially, everything that exists in the manifested world is a mystery.
Although, at certain times, he manages to be conscious of himself in a way he cannot experience when he is trapped in his usual condition of being, he will discover that without normally knowing it, not an instant goes by in his life when he is not faced with one mystery or another: the mystery of his mind, his faculty of thought, his ability to feel compassion, joy, pain, or wonder when he contemplates the night sky sprinkled with countless heavenly stars, scattered in the immeasurable space of the Cosmos, conjuring up in him he knows not what strange and inexplicable feeling or silent memory regarding the troubling issue of his Origin !

The seeker will observe that at the instant he awakens a little to the mystery of the Impersonal which he conceals in him, a change will occur at the same time in his feelings; and, reciprocally, the change in his feelings, when he succeeds in achieving it, will contribute to creating the sense of mystery in his being. However, he must realize that neither one nor the other can happen in him passively; his conscious participation is required to activate them.