Chapter 7: Seeking the Way
He has been thinking about it for three years. He has not come back to see me. He won’t come: he is a follower, he is not a seeker. A seeker can throw away everything the moment he comes to realize that something is not for him. There is no hesitation.
This sutra says: Seek out the way. Be a seeker, don’t be a believer.
The fourteenth sutra:
Seek the way by retreating within.
Whenever you find something that appeals to you, to your reason, to your logic, to your mind - that looks rational, looks to be true - that is not enough. Your reason may say it is true, but it may not be. Unless you experiment with it, unless you experience something through it, nothing has been discovered. Nothing is discovered by using only logic. Logic is a help, but don’t make it the ultimate criterion. The ultimate criterion is always within: experiment and experience. And unless you experience something, don’t believe that you have found it, that the way has become revealed to you. Only through experience do theories become truths.
Seek the way by retreating within. Whenever you have found a technique, a way, retreat within, go within. Experiment with it there, in your subjectivity, in your heart. Experience it. Don’t just go on thinking about what meditation is. Do it! Only then will you know what it is. A technique may not give you any experience, then throw it away and try another. There are hundreds of meditation techniques; one technique is bound to fit you.
Humanity has been struggling for millions of years, and every type of man has attained liberation. Every type of technique has been found. You are not new, you have been before. And many like you have been before and they have traveled the path. Many techniques have been discovered. Try a technique, but be authentic, sincere when you try it. And try it with your total energy. If nothing comes out of a particular technique, then throw it away and move to another.
In the old days, when disciples came to a teacher, the first thing the teacher would try to observe would be whether the disciple suited him, and whether he suited the disciple. If the teacher thought that the disciple was not meant to be with him, if he felt that the disciple would be helped more by someone else - even by someone who was against him - he would tell the disciple, “Go to that master!”
The disciple would say, “But I have heard that he is against you. He says that you are wrong.”
The teacher would say, “Don’t bother about what he says. He will suit you, his way will suit you. First go there and try.”