Chapter 1: Truth and Knowledge
Butei, the emperor of Ryo, sent for Fu-Daishi to explain the Diamond Sutra. On the appointed day Fu-Daishi came to the palace, mounted the platform, rapped on the table before him, then descended and, still not speaking, left.
Butei sat motionless for some minutes, whereupon Shiko, who had seen all that had happened, went up to him and said, “May I be so bold, sir, as to ask whether you understood?”
The emperor shook his head sadly.
“What a pity,” said Shiko. “Fu-Daishi has never been more eloquent.”
Truth is. It simply is. Nothing can be said about it. And all that can be said about it will falsify it.
There is no need for any explanation. Unexplained, utterly immediate, truth is. It surrounds you. It is within you, without you. There is no need to come to any conclusion about it. It is already concluded. You are in it. You cannot be without it. There is no way to lose it. There is no way to become distracted from it. You may be fast asleep, unaware, but still you are in it.
So those who know truth know well that philosophy is not going to help. The more you try to know about truth, the more you become asleep. The very effort to know leads you astray. Truth can be felt but cannot be known. When I say it can be felt, I mean: you can be present to it, it can be present to you; there is a possibility of a meeting, there is a possibility of becoming one with it. But there is no way to know it.
Truth cannot be objectified. You cannot put it there and see it. You cannot hold it in your hand and see it. You cannot examine it from the outside - only from the inside, only by becoming one with it, can you feel it. Feeling is the only knowledge possible. Hence, those who know say: Love is the way.
Knowledge is a sort of ignorance. The word ignorance is very beautiful. Split it in two - it becomes ignore-ance. Truth can be ignored. That’s what ignorance is; otherwise, truth is already present. Ignorance is nothing but ignoring the truth which is already there. And a man of knowledge becomes more ignorant, because the more he thinks he knows, the more he becomes capable of ignoring that which is. Lost in his theories, dogmas, creeds, scriptures, he no longer has any eyes to look at the reality. Lost in words, verbalizations, his vision is clouded. He cannot see that which is.
The more you are clouded by your thinking, the more you are a mind, the more you will be able to ignore the truth. Nothing like knowledge is needed - only innocence, a childlike innocence; vulnerable, open.not trying to know. In the very effort to know, there is violence. In the very effort to know, you have trespassed reality. In the very effort to know, you have become a voyeur. You have attacked reality, you are trying to rape reality.
That’s why I continuously say science is a rape on reality. The word science comes from a root which means “to know.” Science is knowledge. Religion is not knowledge; religion is love. The word religion comes from a root which means “binding together” - falling into love, becoming one.
Truth is felt. It is a lived experience. So whatsoever can be said about truth will be untrue. Just because it has been said, it becomes untrue.