A Hare Has No Horns: Looking Through Appearances by Nukunu (Author)

Questions and answers

‘A Hare Has No Horns’ is a metaphor for the attitude we need to take to look through appearances.The world we see with our six senses (the mind is the sixth) is not the real world. The world we perceive with the senses is a cover up, a wall around the real world.

“What is the difference between the real world and the world we perceive with our senses?" you may ask. The real world is unchanging, always the same, one with you, your innermost reality.”

‘Being in this world’ is totally satisfying, not a shadow of doubt left. This world is true, blissful, and pure undivided Consciousness. The world of appearances—the manifest world—is changing, moving. It seems to be there but looking deeper you don’t find anything of lasting reality. This world is transient and impermanent. The East calls it maya (the great wall of reality).

Being this world is pain and suffering. It is a feeling of alienation and separation. The real world is hidden in the world of appearances. As the metaphor, ‘A Hare has no Horns’ indicates, we must look deeper, pierce through the wall of maya.

How to do this? By discriminating between the appear-ance and the real. This discrimination is to ‘see with the Heart’. It is to experience without labels and concepts. That is why I call it to see with the Heart because the Heart knows no words; it knows only intimacy.

The Heart is the fourth dimension. When you perceive experience from this dimension, it is a feeling of oneness with what is perceived because there is no separation and the three dimensional world is contained in the fourth.

It is totally satisfying and complete to perceive this way. It is literally as living on the inside of what is perceived. In this dimension all worries are absent and it is experienced as a marvelous absence. Marvelous because it can-not be explained; no words can describe it. It is the mystic!

Even though there is no word for it, we can still point at it and it is important that we look for where it is.

And another thing, even though the mind looks for it all the time, it cannot in the very nature of things understand it, but the mind becomes silent the moment it comes close to the real.

We are already what we are looking for. We are already whole and perfect. That is our Natural State but we are not in touch with it because we are lost in maya. A word pointing at the Truth can resonate so deeply in us that we wake up to what we have always been, so to say. That is called a moment of clarity and it can last a blink of an eye, for hours, days, or the rest of our physical existence in this particular body.

The questions and answers in this little book try to point at the Truth, so that you look for where it can be found. You may also suddenly experience that your mind becomes silent just by reading a particular passage! That is called transmission. Transmissions are resonance effects.

Nukunu was asked the questions in this book during satsangs 2009 – 2011.

Nukunu was born in Denmark in 1947. He holds a Bachelor in Philosophy and a Master in Psychology. He has worked as a psychotherapist and given lectures on Gestalt, psychodrama, primal therapy, NLP and meditation for 30 years. Over that period of time he was a student of living teachers like Osho Rajneesh, Punjaji and and the teachers in Sacha Lineage tradition.

After a radical awakening experience in March 1995 his work gradually changed and became focused on transmitting the non-dual. This work is the most important in his Satsangs, courses and meditation retreats. Although he doesn’t belong to any religion or particular spiritual path, he uses what he likes in the different spiritual traditions.

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Three chairs

Published on Jun 14, 2015

Nukunu explains 3 different perspectives by using chairs.

6 Steps and 3 Awakenings on the Spiritual Path ~ Frank M. Wanderer, Ph.D.

You are invited to a special journey, in the course of which our inner light shines up in us. This journey takes us through six steps to three awakenings, each one more profound than the previous one. In the following we wish to discuss these steps in more detail.

Step 1: The first awakening: the world of permanent change

Our whole life is a rush. We chase our desires and unfulfilled dreams. We are attracted by money, power, prestige, a wholesome, happy life. All this lies there hidden behind the powerful iron gate that is towering in front of us.

Spurred by our ambitions, we pursue various goals all through our lives. We aspire for something all the time, we always want to achieve something. This restless rush is instigated by our fear that we are still not what we want to be. We are never satisfied, we always want something else, we would like to be better, more beautiful, richer than we are at present.

That is how we pursue our goals until death, when we realize how meaningless the whole thing has been. But why are these goals meaningless, we begin to protest immediately. The protest is caused by the vary nature of the forms and shapes, as in their world every form and shape is subject to permanent change, birth and death. Whatever we attract to us, we are going to lose it, as everybody departs from this world empty-handed, all those who pursue their goals, live in the spell of past and future.

Our first awakening therefore shows us the real nature of the world, its constant change.

Step 2: The spiritual seeking

We, however, wish to find the security of permanence in our life. We would like to find what is beyond the world of constant change. In order to do so, we become spiritual seekers.

As a first step of spiritual seeking we start to look for enlightenment, Self-recognition in the world of shapes and forms (that is, outside ourselves) in the hope of thus reaching the state of permanent happiness. We intend to find a dogma, a great Master, an elevating spiritual experience that expands our Consciousness. If it is not found here on Earth, we will be looking for it in the other world, in the heaven of a religion.

We use the mind as a mean of spiritual search. It is through the mind that the Ego intends to understand what is beyond mind and forms. The mind in this way prepares the mental image of enlightenment, seeking, happiness etc.

The mental images are born through the comprehensive process of the mind. For comprehension, we also require information, so we shall gather bits of information like a busy ant. From books on religion and spirituality, lectures heard and conversations attended, we are attempting to screen information, ideas, opinions and experience necessary for them. The same takes place with spiritual experience. We assume that if we gather a sufficient amount of experience, as a result we will reach a certain point, we will increase their spirituality.

These mental images motivate us to make efforts at implementing the mental images at the level of daily life, to make these images the cornerstones of our life. Achieving spiritual objectives, however, affords only momentary satisfaction for us, so after achieving one specific goal, relentlessness returns, urging us to start working for new objectives. The mind produces new mental images, and seeking starts all over again.

Step 3: The second awakening: The Stop

We then go on seeking, until we eventually become tired of the process, and finally recognize its true nature. That is when we arrive at our second awakening.

We stop and abandon spiritual seeking. We recognize that all the objectives we have so far been looking for outside ourselves, are only found within ourselves.

We will stop when we recognize the activities of the mind and refuse to follow it any longer. We realize that with the help of the mind we will not be able to surpass the mind. We will experience that stopping is the inactive moment of the mind, the silence between thoughts. In that silence, we will experience the Consciousness without forms, and recognize that we are in fact the Presence without thoughts. We then leave behind the spiritual seeker, with all the accumulated knowledge and lofty spiritual experience.

Step 4: The inner journey

We then embark on an inner journey that will take us beyond the Mind. Once we have started our journey, we leave the world behind and abandon everything that has hampered us in our progress. We give up unimportant things in order to be able to concentrate our attention exclusively on the important ones. That is possible by means of a major mental clean-up.

When we begin doing that clean-up in earnest, we will soon face the vast multitude of our thoughts, opinions, ideas and the emotions attached to all these.

After a period of time, we realize that we need to abandon all the unimportant things and trivialities, since these things will be found false in the light of our inner journey. Then we find ourselves all alone, and realize, that we still have not finished. We are still to shed the shadow that we believed to be ourselves

Step 5: The third awakening: coming home

The third awaking is the awakening of the Conscience to its own existence through the form and shape that we formerly identified with ourselves. After the great clean up nothing remains but the empty space.

But if we examine that space closer, we find that it is full of Consciousness, which is the inner peace, quiet and tranquility. We then realize that we are at home. Whatever now happens in that internal space, we must experience that. We must experience whatever life has to offer, there and then in that specific moment. The next moment does not need to bear the burden of the experience of the previous moment.

Now the question arises whether it is really the end of our spiritual journey? The emptiness is now perfect, but we still need to make the last step in order to become credible spiritual helpers.

Step 6: Comeback

That step will take us to the point where our entire journey began. We return to the world of daily life. We, however, return in a state different from the one in which we departed, since we have undergone considerable changes during our journey. The Mind, the Ego and, together with it, selfishness vanished from ourselves. The emptiness, pulsating with life, and the Consciousness, awakened to its own existence, continue to stay with us. The most beautiful flower of this state of existence is our sympathy with others.

In this way the world will be entirely different for us. We no longer feel en urge to run away from it, and we do not submerge in the swamp of identifying with the world. We are now free from all that, and the world is now a new adventure for us. We abandon ourselves into the streams of Life, and we merge with the Universe. In the meanwhile, we help others in awakening and we share the joy of existence and sympathy with everyone we encounter during our spiritual journey.

~From the book: Frank M. Wanderer: The Revolution of Consciousness: Deconditioning the Programmed Mind

About the author

Frank M. Wanderer Ph.D. is a professor of psychology, a consciousness researcher and writer. Frank is the author of the books The Flames of Alertness: Discover the Power of Consciousness!, The Biggest Obstacle to Enlightenment: How to Escape from the Prison of Mind Games? and several books on consciousness. With a lifelong interest in the mystery of human existence, Frank’s work is to help others wake up from identification with our personal history and the illusory world of the forms and shapes, and to find our identity in what he calls “the Miracle”, the mystery of the Consciousness.


We are all on a spiritual journey. This journey starts with birth
and ends with death. Our life is a link between our date of birth and date of death.
A link that contains all the secrets, dramas, tragedies and comedies of our lives, and we are so deeply involved in this performance that we tend to forget who we really are:
the shining Consciousness.

Based on the book
The Awakening of Consciousness
by Frank M. Wanderer

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