Chapter 8: I Treat Jesus as a Poet
God is the ultimate synthesis; the atom, the ultimate analysis. Science reaches to the atom: it goes on analyzing, dividing, until finally it comes to the minutest part which cannot be divided anymore. And religion comes to God, godliness: it goes on adding, synthesizing. God is the ultimate synthesis; more cannot be added to it. It is already the whole. Nothing exists beyond it. Science is atomic; religion is “wholly.” Use both.
I am always in favor of using everything that you have. Even if you have some poison I will say, “Preserve it, don’t throw it.” In some need it can become medicinal - it depends on you. You can commit suicide by a poison, and by the same poison you can be saved from dying. The poison is the same; the difference is right use. Everything depends on right use. So when you go to the lab use doubt, when you come to the temple use trust. Be loose and free so that when you go from the lab to the temple you don’t carry the lab around with you. Then you can enter the temple totally free of the lab - pray, dance, sing. And when you move towards the lab again leave the temple behind, because dancing in the lab will be very absurd - you may destroy things.
Bringing the serious face that you use in the lab to the temple won’t be appropriate. A temple is a celebration, a lab is a search. Search has to be serious, a celebration is a play. You delight in it, you become children again. A temple is a place to become children again and again, so you never lose touch with the original source. In the lab you are an adult, in the temple you are a child. And Jesus says, “The kingdom of God is for those who are like children.”
Remember always not to throw away anything that God has given to you - not even doubt. It must be he who has given it to you and there must be a reason behind it, because nothing is given without reason. There must be a use for it.
Don’t discard any stone, because many times it has happened that the stone that was discarded by the builders became the very cornerstone of the building in the end.
The second question:
The Bible uses the word repent. Sometimes you translate it as return, sometimes as answer and sometimes you leave it as repent. Do you change the meaning as you need it?
I am not talking about the Bible at all. I am talking about me. I am not confined by the Bible; I am not a slave to any scripture. I am totally free, and I behave as a free man.