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Chapter 4: To Return to the Root

For the mind, anything is comprehensible if the opposite is brought in. But the moment you bring the opposite you falsify existence, because in existence there is nothing like “opposite.”

Mind moves through the opposite and existence is unitary. Existence is advaita, existence is non-dual - there is no problem. Where is the boundary of the day, when the day stops, ceases to be, and the night starts? Is there a gap between the two? Only if there is a gap, then the boundary is possible. But there is no boundary! The day simply melts into the night, it merges into the night, and the night again merges into the day. Life is one, existence is one - mind is dual.

So if you go on choosing you will never come to the source. Then you will cling to life and you will be afraid of death. Then you will cling to love and you will be afraid of hate. Then you will cling to the good and you will be afraid of the bad. Then you will cling to God and you will be afraid of the Devil.

Life is one. God, Devil - one. There is no division where God ends and where the Devil begins; there cannot be. In life, Ram and Ravan are one, but for the mind they are enemies, they are fighting. For the mind everything is a conflict, it is a war.

And if you choose, then you remain part of the game. And how not to choose is the whole art of religion: how to drop into a choicelessness.

But remember, don’t choose choicelessness! Otherwise, listening to me or to Sosan or Krishnamurti, you will become enchanted by the word choicelessness. Your mind will say, “This is very good. Then ecstasy is possible and much bliss will happen to me if I become choicelessness. Then the door of the mysteries of life will be opened.” The mind feels greedy. The mind says, “Okay, so I will choose choicelessness.” The door is closed. Only the label is changed, but you have fallen victim to the old trick.

Now try to understand these sutras. They are some of the best ever uttered by any man on the whole of the earth.

To return to the root is to find the meaning,
but to pursue appearances is to miss the source.

To return to the root is to find the meaning. What is the purpose of this whole play of existence? What is the meaning of all these trees growing, and human beings, and animals, and birds? What is the meaning of this earth and this heaven? What is the meaning of this whole? Where will you find the meaning?

For the mind the meaning must be in the end - where this existence is moving to must be the meaning, the destination. For the mind the meaning must be somewhere in the destination: where we are going.

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