The final mystery is oneself. (Oscar Wilde)
Both Søren Kierkegaard and John Lennon – plus, I venture to suggest, a host of others – have been credited with the words, “Life is a mystery to be lived, not a problem to be solved.” It’s one of those things that ring so true for so many that any one of us might easily have said or written it.
In this context, the word mystery carries a meaning beyond ‘unknown’; rather, it points toward something fundamentally unknowable.
Rumi (13th century Persian poet) added another layer to the word when he wrote: “Love is the way messengers from the mystery tell us things.”
St Paul also has something to contribute: one of his epistles (1 Corinthians 13:12) contains the phrase βλεπομεν γαρ αρτι δι εσοπτρου εν αινιγματι’, which, in the King James Version, is rendered as “For now we see through a glass, darkly.” The relevance of this phrase to the present topic becomes clearer when we look at how verse 12 continues: “For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.”
Biblical exegesis of this passage would surely distract us from our topic; the point here is Paul’s assurance of future enlightenment.
Paul’s words resonate deeply with something that Deepak Chopra says: “I am the light of love that is unity consciousness. I am the light of knowingness where Creator, creating, and created are one.”