“Ask, and it will be given to you
For every one who asks receives.”
~ Matthew 7:7-8; Luke 11:9-10
“The important thing is not to stop questioning.
Curiosity has its own reason for existing.”
~ Albert Einstein
The quest is in the question.
The question is the answer.
~ Ron Rattner, Sutra Sayings
Asking Is The Answer
In asking, we are curious.
In asking, we don’t know.
In asking, we are humble.
In asking, we are ever open to inspiration.
This is the answer
to the enigma of the Unknowable,
to the mystery of Divinity –
The sacred secret of Life.
Ron’s audio recitation of “Asking is the Answer”
Ron’s explanation and dedication of “Asking is the Answer”.
The foregoing poem was inspired by my ‘aha discovery’ of a mysterious “secret of Life’ – a memorable momentary spiritual experience which is hereafter recounted and explained.
Discovering the ‘secret of life’?.
After my midlife awakening I began experiencing unprecedented spiritual sensitivity to previously unknown subtle energy phenomena. (See https://sillysutras.com/extraordinary-energy-experiences-rons-memoirs/ ).
Soon thereafter, I was blessed with a miraculous ‘aha’ or ‘eureka moment’ which followed a November, 1978, New Dimensions fundraising program at the San Francisco Masonic Auditorium. Highlight of the event (for me) was a talk by prominent spiritual philosopher and teacher, Patricia Sun, who concluded her presentation with extraordinarily powerful spontaneous healing sound emanations. Deeply impacted by those sounds, I arrived home in an altered state of awareness.
Other times when feeling similarly I have experienced prolonged crying. But that night as I got into bed, instead of crying, I unintentionally and spontaneously started emanating very high pitched sounds resonant with Patricia Sun’s sounds. After the sounds subsided, while still in a deep state of exceptionally elevated awareness, I momentarily intuited a mysterious ‘secret of life’.
Whereupon, in a totally dark room, I attempted to scrawl it on a bedside note pad. But on awakening at dawn I couldn’t remember that ‘secret of life’. So eagerly I looked at the scrawled memo for a reminder. But enigmatically the memo merely said: “The question is the answer.” Baffled, I didn’t understand its meaning, but became very curious about deciphering it.
While wondering what spiritual secret of life “the question is the answer” might reveal, I began composing possibly interpretive poems and sutras. “Asking Is The Answer” was the first of those poems. It suggests that asking “is the answer to the enigma of the Unknowable, – the sacred secret of Life”. Perhaps on reading and reflecting on it, you will agree.
Explanation of “the question is the answer”.
Forty years after my supposed ‘secret of life’ insight, I’m still uncertain about interpreting “The question is the answer”. While momentarily transcending ordinary Earthly reality, I may have glimpsed a timeless Truth which could not be expressed in words. Because “to tell the truth, Truth can’t be told”.
In space/time duality reality we can’t ever express ineffable Truth of Reality beyond duality; but only paradoxically point to it. So in scrawling “The question is the answer” maybe I pointed intuitively to an inexpressible insight.
Since my unique ‘aha’ experience, I’ve often wondered whether to aim for spiritual Truth by constantly questioning, and by answering questions with questions.
For example, if someone asks me “what is God?”, whether a response of “what isn’t God?” can help point them to Truth. Similarly, whether it may be very helpful if we answer a question about “what’s real?” with the question “what’s not real?
Spiritual masters tell us that God is the Essence of everything and everyone, everywhere. Yet, that what we perceive and believe to be “real” is just a persistent illusion, like a mirage.
After long reflection, I believe that sometimes we may reveal instinctive, insightful, and intuitional truths transcending logic by answering spiritual questions with apt questions.
Though still uncertain about the meaning of my “the question is the answer” insight, I’ve found that questioning “what is”, with constant curiosity, patience and acceptance of uncertainty can be a life enhancing process promoting spiritual evolution. That our reflections on ever unanswerable cosmic questions can help instill life-changing gratitude, awe and wonder about our miraculous causality reality. (See https://sillysutras.com/asking-unanswerable-questions/)
As Albert Einstein observed:
“We never cease to stand like curious children before the great Mystery into which we were born.”
“The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing.”
And constant questioning can imbue in us salutary patience and acceptance of uncertainty, about “what is”:
“Be patient with all that is unresolved in your heart,
and try to love the questions themselves.. . .
Live the questions now and, perhaps, without knowing it,
you will live along some day into the answers.”
~ Rainer Maria Rilke
And so, ever eager to Know, may we gratefully, humbly, and patiently bless all life on our precious planet Earth – “like curious children before the great Mystery into which we were born!”
And so may it be!