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Chapter 4: Emptiness

The first question:

Do you know who I am?

No sir, not at all. Because you are not. You are an emptiness - anatta. No sir. On the surface you may be somebody, but I am not concerned with your surface. In the deepest core you are simply a nobodiness, not even a nobody - nobodiness. How can I know you?

And that’s the beauty, because if I can know you I have defined you, I have made you limited by my knowledge. If you can be known, immediately you become an object, you are no more a consciousness. If you can be known you cannot be infinite, and you are - infinite in your emptiness. How can I know you? Even you yourself cannot know. There exists nothing like self-knowledge. When you come to realize it, it is a no-self-knowledge. When you come to settle with it, suddenly you become aware that the knower and the known have disappeared - there is only emptiness, a vast space, with no beginning, no end - an infinity. That’s what you are - how can it be known?

There is no possibility of knowledge. And it is good that you cannot be known, otherwise science will know you, and once known you are an object, a thing. Then the mystery is lost. That’s why I say again and again that science will never be able to know the innermost core of being, because the innermost core is a non-being. You are just like an onion - go on peeling the layers, go on peeling the layers; a new layer comes, another new layer, another new layer, and then suddenly the whole onion is gone: emptiness in the hands. That is you.

But this emptiness is not negative, so don’t misunderstand me. The very word emptiness looks like an absence of something. No, it is not. It is a presence of something infinite. It is not absence, it is not negative, it is not like darkness; it is a positive phenomenon. You are a no-self. This positivity has to be remembered because the word emptiness may give you a wrong notion about it, you may think it is simply empty. I am not saying there is an emptiness of something, I am not saying that there is absence of something - no. It is emptiness, it is the very emptiness, it is emptiness itself. Emptiness is being used as a positive term; when it is positive it is totally different.

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