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Chapter 2: There Is Communion

I asked him, “Unless you have proved it, don’t say it - because that shows a prejudice. You have already accepted the idea that it is a scientific truth, now all that is needed is to prove it. This is not being objective or scientific. This is not being rational. Deep down you are a Hindu and you accept the theory. If you were a Mohammedan, you would be trying to prove that ‘There is no reincarnation and I am going to prove it scientifically.’”

Neither is a scientist. The Mohammedan does not believe, so he tries to prove his belief with the help of science. You are trying to prove your belief with the help of science. This is rationalization.

A man of pure reason has no belief, no prejudice, no a priori idea. He simply goes into inquiry with no judgment, no conclusions. The inquiry will decide what the conclusion is. It will be decided by the inquiry itself. If you have even a lurking desire to prove something, you will prove it, but you have destroyed its scientificness. It is no longer reason. It is rational.

And so is emotion. Emotion is a purity; sentimentality is a trick. You have learnt a trick. The woman knows that if she cries, she is the winner. Now, sometimes the crying is not coming at all, because crying is not so easily manipulated. But she tries to bring it, she acts, she pretends. Those tears are false. Even if they are flowing through the eyes, they are false - because they are not coming, they are being brought.

Sentimentality is emotion created, manipulated, cunningly. Rationality is one thing; rationalization is a manipulation of reason just as sentimentality is a manipulation of emotion. If you are rational, really rational, you will become a scientist. If you are really emotional, you will become a poet. These are beautiful things. But still, dialogue will not be possible - it will be easier. With rationalization and sentimentality it is very difficult, but with reason and emotion it is not so difficult - still there will be difficulties, but there will be compassion, an effort to understand each other. The rational man will try to understand the woman’s viewpoint rationally; and the woman will try to understand the man’s viewpoint - emotionally, of course, but compassion will be there.

First step is: drop all rationalizations and all sentimentalities. And the second step is: drop reason and emotion too. And then in that state of ecstasy, of meditation, there is communion. And that communion is prayer. In that communion when you say “thou,” there is no woman, there is God; there is no man, there is God.

Enough for today.