Truth is a pathless land

Klee- Oriental pleasure garden, in partS left the Religious Society of Friends, saying “God has called me to this decision” and asking us to accept it “with open hearts”. If I have a theory of why, that may be about me rather than about her. She is herself, and I may know her only through ideas I may understand, or alternatively as an animal, unconsciously. But I think there is some value in my theory, so I will work it out in words, to understand it more clearly, and see whether it might help me decide what to do.

I went back to Krishnamurti, dissolving the Order of the Star, that Theosophical movement which would have made him a Messiah. He said,

Truth is a pathless land, and you cannot approach it by any path whatsoever, by any religion, by any sect. Truth, being limitless, unconditioned, unapproachable, cannot be organised… the organisation becomes a framework into which its members can conveniently fit. So Quakers, an organisation through which I seek truth: do they get in the way, as S might appear to think? Tao is simply Tao, and those in it are simply in it.

Whether or not this is why S left perhaps does not matter. She has left. That is OK.

Christian organisations might be better or worse at approaching truth (if one may approach it at all). Perhaps one seeks until, suddenly, one is Enlightened, fit for the World as it is, arriving where we started and knowing the place for the first time. But believing in continuing revelation is better than believing in, say, the literal inerrancy of Biblical text. We have tools for the task of being Truthful: silence and inspiration, corporate testing, desire for God’s will or Truth or Love above self. I have not yet exhausted the value of those tools, and we do not have any particular dogma of what The Way is: each of us would describe it differently.

There is greater value for me in Quakers than those tools: there are the people whose wisdom may actually rub off on me, for even if truth may not be approached I may improve as a human being. There is that glorious pine tree in our garden, whose Is-ness and grandeur may draw me into my own, as seeing its needles in the sun close to my face may bring me into Immediacy, the Now. And there are tedious or difficult tasks, whose answer is either illusory or not immediately apparent, in doing which I might find greater clarity or complexity.

If I ever did say I am on The Way, I would not be on it. Or something. Another verbal formulation, a path in the pathless.

I want to stay, and I do not feel called to leave. I was upset by her leaving; I am reconciled to it; I want-
-to be happy with it?
-To see that it Is?

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