Thank you, Mr. Valadeus.
Originally by: Qansh
But here's where I came up short -- how can this knowledge not be transcendental?
The perspective we seek is not an omniscient one. A transcendental faith looks outside for answers; we do not seek either an outside god or an outside perspective.
sect practice is based on piercing through illusion to uncover hidden realities. One well-known practice is a monk's physical training. The goal is to hone the body into an extension of the will, to overcome the illusion of separation between body and mind. Tools, weapons such as the knives I trained with, are used to break down another barrier, between the "self" and the "other."
If a blade can become an extension of the arm, which is itself an extension of the mind, where, then, is the border between the monk and the universe?
Awareness does not require omniscience. Perceiving the Totality does not require being outside of it, nor does it require seeing all of it at once, any more than water in a river needs to see a map. The goal of perfectly fitting into one's place in the scheme of things is not served by a perspective that lies outside that scheme.