Freddie Yam

Quotes from Franklin Merrell-Wolff

We are now ready to return to the Recognition of ten days ago. I say “Recognition” rather than “experience” for a very definite reason. Properly it was not a case of experiential knowledge, which is knowledge from the senses whether gross or subtle, nor knowledge from deduction, though both forms, particularly the latter, have helped in a subsidiary sense. It was an Awakening to a Knowledge which I can best represent by calling it Knowledge through Identity and thus the process — in so far as we can speak of process in this connection at all — is best expressed by the word "Recognition."

I had been sitting in a porch swing, reading as previously stated. Ahead of the sequence in the book, I turned to the section devoted to “Liberation,” as I seemed to feel an especial hunger for this. I covered the material quickly and it all seemed very clear and satisfactory. Then, as I sat afterward dwelling in thought upon the subject just read, suddenly it dawned upon me that a common mistake made in the higher meditation — i.e. meditation for Liberation — is the seeking for a subtle object of Recognition, in other words, something that could be experienced. Of course, I had long known the falseness of this position theoretically, yet had failed to recognize it. (Here is a subtle but very important distinction.) At once, I dropped expectation of having anything happen. Then, with eyes open and no sense stopped in functioning — hence no trance — I abstracted the subjective moment — the “I AM” or “Atman” element — from the totality of the objective consciousness manifold. Upon this I focused. Naturally, I found what, from the relative point of view is Darkness and Emptiness. But I Realized It as Absolute Light and Fullness and that I was That.

—From Pathways Through to Space in
Experience and Philosophy, pp. 5–6

Recognition of the SELF in its purity is Realization of Identity with absolute Emptiness, Darkness, and Silence, when viewed from the standpoint of relative consciousness. In point of fact this Emptiness is Absolute Fullness but, as such, never can be comprehended from the perspective of egoistic consciousness. In one sense it is the “thing-in-itself” of Kant. Relative consciousness deals with phenomena alone and can never reach beyond phenomena. But the phenomenal world rests upon the Real or Noumenal World. Thus it is that the Consciousness of the SELF or “pure apperceptive consciousness” sustains the whole universe or cosmos. But the latter is an outward projection. Behind the cosmos is the formless or Transcendental World. Within the cosmos is the domain of relative consciousness. From the latter standpoint the SELF appears as formless. Hence the approach — for from the relative point of view it seems like an approach — to the SELF from consciousness posited within the cosmos takes on the form of p rogressive negation of all identity with form until finally Identity in the Formless breaks forth as Recognition.

—From Pathways Through to Space in
Experience and Philosophy, p. 13

Actually the Transition is not so difficult. Yet a lot of hard work has been put forth in the wrong direction through defining the Search in terms of complexity. It is as simple as turning from the object of, to the subject to, all relative consciousness, plus the spontaneity of the SELF.

—From Pathways Through to Space in
Experience and Philosophy, p. 13

Only in the Silence can the SELF be known as It is, and this is not “knowing” in the subject-object sense.

—From Pathways Through to Space in
Experience and Philosophy, p. 23

There is one point that I wish to have understood very clearly. The initial Transformation did not just happen to me as something coming unexpectedly out of the blue… In point of fact, I have sought this Awakening for several years… the point I wish to make is that in the present case an individual was finally convinced of the validity of a search… He tried to find the Way, at times following others but in the end carving his own course… What one can do others also may do.

My final word on this particular subject is: I sought a Goal the existence of which I had become convinced was highly probable. I succeeded in finding this Goal, and now I KNOW, and can also say to all others: “IT IS ABSOLUTELY WORTH ANYTHING THAT IT MAY COST, AND IMMEASURABLY MORE.”

—From Pathways Through to Space in
Experience and Philosophy, p. 117