Chapter 5: The Fire Test
Just see the duality of language. All language is dual; the meaning comes from the opposite. It looks very strange that the meaning should come to a word from the opposite word. Light has meaning only because of darkness, love has meaning only because of hate, compassion has meaning only because of anger, and the saint has meaning only because of the sinner. The monastery is meaningful because of the marketplace. This is strange, but this is how it is. Words depend on its opposite.
If you look in the dictionary of the philosophers and you inquire, “What is matter?” you will find the answer, “Not mind.” And if you inquire, “What is mind?” you will find the answer, “Not matter.” This is very absurd. You define matter by saying, “Not mind” and you define mind by saying, “Not matter.” And it seems you don’t know what matter is and what mind is. Nobody knows.
Language depends on duality, as the whole life depends on duality. Language arises out of life experiences; it is utterly rooted in life experiences. That’s why truth is inexpressible.
And Lao Tzu is right when he says, “The moment you utter the truth it becomes a lie. Say it, and you have falsified it. The Tao that can be said is not the true Tao. The truth that can be expressed is no longer truth, godliness that can be formulated and defined is no longer godliness.” What he is saying is that language is rooted in duality, and truth is transcendental duality. Nothing can be said about it.
That’s why Buddha has not said anything about truth, not even yes or no. He will not even nod his head this way or that. If you ask about truth he remains like a stone statue. No response comes from him - no response, negative or positive, as if he has not heard what you have asked. He has heard it, but to say anything will be wrong. Anything will be wrong. Even to say that nothing can be said about it will be wrong because you have already said something. “Nothing can be said about truth” is already a statement which defines it, which gives a meaningful expression.
Buddha is the most misunderstood man in the world. And the reason? - he has chosen the path of the negative, the path of emptying oneself, the path of elimination. He is the purest form of meditation, where two become one. And when two become one, nothing can be said. He cannot even dance because that will be a statement. He cannot even sing because that will be a statement. He cannot even give you any indirect indication, not even a gesture. He is utterly quiet. He is just pure silence. If you have the eyes to see, you will be able to see. If you have the heart to understand, you will understand. But he is utterly unavailable in the world of language and communication.
The pure man unites.says Sanai.
two in one;
the lover unites
three in one.