"The only Zen you find on the tops of mountains is the Zen you bring up there."
Robert M Pirsig
For those of us who never quite recovered from 'Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance':
|A view of Delft, by Johannes Vermeer|
|Temsula Ao. Poet, short story writer and ethnographer. Nagaland, India|
|Michael Ondaatje, Booker Prize 1992|
According to the book, drinking is a central focus on Mars where water is scarce. Martians use the merging of their bodies with water as a simple example or symbol of how two entities can combine to create a new reality greater than the sum of its parts. The water becomes part of the drinker, and the drinker part of the water. Both grok each other. Things that once had separate realities become entangled in the same experiences, goals, history, and purpose. Within the book, the statement of divine immanence verbalized between the main characters, "Thou Art God", is logically derived from the concept inherent in the term grok.Grok means to understand so thoroughly that the observer becomes a part of the observed—to merge, blend, intermarry, lose identity in group experience. It means almost everything that we mean by religion, philosophy, and science—and it means as little to us (because of our Earthling assumptions) as color means to a blind man.