Marshall Summers doesn’t claim to have written Steps to Knowledge from his own intellect and imagination. He claims to have received it from a source beyond this world. If this claim is true, then I find it mysterious that this source should select him as its messenger, out of all the people in the world. If this claim is true, then I find it mysterious that this source should select English as the language of its message, out of all the languages spoken on earth. If this claim is true, then I find it mysterious that this source should select the word “Knowledge,” to describe the complex of remarkable phenomena mentioned in Steps to Knowledge, out of all the words in the English language. But there it is.
Step 10 asks the question “What is Knowledge?” I find it mysterious that this step only gives two answers to this question, out of all the things that have been said about Knowledge so far. But there it is. The first answer is “Knowledge is the great mystery of your life.” The second answer is “Knowledge is your True Self, a Self that is not apart from life.” I imply from this the claim that a false self is a self that is apart from life. I imply from this the claim that both false halves of a double life are halves that are apart from life.
At this point, I’m recalling the final verse, the punch line, from the poem “The Scattered Congregation” by Swedish Nobel Laureate poet Tomas Transtromer:
Nicodemus the sleepwalker is on his way
to the Address. Who’s got the Address?
Don’t know. But that’s where we’re going.
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