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#3126 - Friday, April 4, 2008 - Editor: Jerry Katz

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The Myth of Enlightenment: Seeing Through the Illusion of Separation, by Karl Renz.  

Sometimes Shadowy and Indirect:

There's a sense that Renz is amusing himself with shadows in the forms of questions and words. "Whatever happens in this wakefulness [the world] is nothing more than fleeting shadows on a screen."

He's engaged with his own cleverness. Or maybe he is mirroring the cleverness of those who question him. An exchange addresses this:

The book is written in question (Q) and answer (K for Karl) form.

Q: "Oh, I can't grasp you! You dodge every statement like a snake!"
K: "But the snake says, `Why don't you try it? Come into the gap where you can't exist. Take a bite of the apple!"

"I don't talk to any person, but to existence, the Self," Renz claims.

"I only know that I am and that there's existence. Everything else is speculation. Truly, I know no more than you."   It appears Renz speaks to Self and speculates in shadows. Those situated in shadowlands and not knowing they are, will be confused. They are looking for life and sustenance in the Northern Lights instead of the sun.

Other Times Instruction is More Direct:

"Just see you're that which realizes and not anything that can be realized. ... Don't turn toward what appears in awareness, but toward awareness itself."

He speaks about the value of self-inquiry: "When you concentrate on this question [Who am I?] all personal history is slowly but surely annihilated, since in this question no person can exist anymore."

Back To The Shadows:

"Enlightenment is merely one more concept in that endless stream of ideas about improving yourself, discovering yourself, or obtaining happiness. ... It's unnecessary because there's never been any need for anyone to become enlightened."  

“Don’t trust dead masters. There aren’t any living ones either.” ... “If you truly had respect for your masters, you would simply let them disappear. You would recognize your master as what you are.”

An Explanation:

"I'm not here to dissolve, but to create knots. I tie so many knots in your brain that you may suddenly realize it's impossible to ever undo them. Then you can give up trying and simply be still. Once you're completely still, who cares whether there were ever worlds, rebirths, webs, knots, or dissolutions?"

Abundant, Refreshing, and Profound Humor:

Almost each one of the short chapters includes humor, such as this exchange:

K: Through desire and hard work, you seem to make decisions and control your own progress, and then bang! Through some kind of accident, all this falls away.

Q: And then I'm no more?

K: Yes. It's almost a pity because you had built up such an interesting relationship with yourself.


The strands of shadow, slippery snakes, and neatly bound direct instructions intertwine to form interesting knots. The humor helps to undo them. Or it tightens them. In any case, I recommend landing into this nest of nonduality.

Review by Jerry Katz

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The Myth of Enlightenment: Seeing Through the Illusion of Separation, by Karl Renz.

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