“Oh, what did you see, my blue-eyed son?
Oh, what did you see, my darling young one?
I saw a newborn baby with wild wolves all around it
I saw a highway of diamonds with nobody on it
I saw a black branch with blood that kept drippin’
I saw a room full of men with their hammers a-bleedin’
I saw a white ladder all covered with water
I saw ten thousand talkers whose tongues were all broken
I saw guns and sharp swords in the hands of young children
And it’s a hard, and it’s a hard, it’s a hard, it’s a hard
And it’s a hard rain’s a-gonna fall”
Step 14 of Steps to Knowledge is a review of all the previous lessons. (Someone wondered, “Including the Step 7 Review?” Yes.). A new component which is being introduced is the examination of one’s practice, and the examination of the results of one’s practice. Did I have a preference or an aversion for a particular practice? Did I follow the directions as given, or did I fudge and smudge them? What happened as a result of my practice? On the one hand, I believe I followed the directions as given when I did these steps. On the other hand, it didn’t even occur to me to start writing anything down about my experience of a given step until I got to step 22. I suppose you and I will just have to take my word for it.
Here is a word cloud of the first 13 steps.
I am amused that “KNOWLEDGE” and “assumptions” are on opposite ends of the cloud. I see this cloud saying “If you want Knowledge, practice today, think today, understand today,” in much the same spirit as Kabir’s poem which opens with the line “O, FRIEND! hope for him whilst you live, know whilst you live, understand whilst you live, for in life deliverance abides.”
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