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Chapter 13: Design within Design

Man is not a pilgrim but a pilgrimage. And obviously there are problems, great problems. Problems don’t exist for animals and trees and rocks and rivers, problems exist only for man - because everything else is defined, everything is settled already by nature itself. Nature has left man unsettled; man has been left to his own efforts, his own endeavors. But these problems have to be understood not as problems, but as challenges not enemies, but as friends - because it is only through them that one learns, one knows, one becomes.

Because of this search, maps have to be devised, designs have to be devised. Because of this search, you will need guidelines. Remember, a map is just a map, it is not the country that it represents. The map of India is not India. No design is the truth. The design is just a design, but it can help tremendously. A map can help tremendously, knowing perfectly well that the map is not the country. The map does not even resemble the country - by seeing the map of India you will not be seeing anything of India. The map resembles nothing. The map is just a parallel device; it is a metaphor, a symbolic representation.

But it can be of great help. Those who have gone beyond can create designs for you - that’s the function of a master. Those who have known, those who have arrived, those who have attained to their definition, those who are no longer just existential but who have become essences; those who have become souls, crystallized, centered, grounded; those who are - can give you a few guidelines, a few hints, a few maps.

Sufis call them designs, and there exists a school of Sufis called “the designers” - naqshbandi. It is one of the most important Sufi schools. There are others. They are all called by names like this. Another school is called “the weavers,” another school is called “the boat makers.” Sufis have such names. Those names are very practical - they immediately indicate what the school is doing.

Naqshbandis have been designing maps - what in India we call yantra. A yantra is called a design by Sufis. You may have seen Indian yantras and you may be puzzled about what they are. Looking at a yantra there are only lines, geometrical designs - but if you know how to decode it, you will be surprised. It is the map of your whole journey. It shows something, but you will have to know the language. The map is in a certain language, it is not available to the public - because the public can use it in a dangerous way. It hides great power within it. It can be given only to the initiates. All world religions have created their designs, but nothing to compare with the naqshbandis.

First it has to be understood that a map is a device - arbitrary. It is neither true nor false. It is simply useful or not useful. It is a utilitarian device. It has nothing to do with truth as such.

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