Faiz Ahmad Faiz
Our passage to the divine is a passage through all the archetypes, conscious and unconscious: a passage through the known, and then the unknown self – a passage through all consciousness. When the passage is completed there is the move to the “other shore” where there is no self and no consciousness. But there can be no passing over until we have seen through every archetypal interpretation that can possibly arise, which means we have to live fearlessly so they can arise and show their faces. Any movement towards avoidance or any clinging to archetypal notions of ultimate Reality will abort the completed passage. The day we see how these archetypal masks work is the day they can no longer deceive us or move us in any way. At this point, the knowing-feeling-self has outworn its usage because it can no longer be moved, a fact that brings us to the river’s edge. Self or consciousness does not make the passage to the other shore or cross over. Rather, the crossing is the body and senses acclimating to life without any experience of self or consciousness and all that implies.