Chapter 10: Neither This nor That
I teach you to be religious, but not believers. You have to be inquirers, explorers. You cannot take things for granted: because so many people say it, then it must be true. Truth has to become your own experience - you have to be a witness to it. And the moment you are a witness to it, you will not be able to say that you are a Hindu or a Mohammedan or a Christian. These are all philosophies, guesswork, theologies, logic, calculation, cleverness - but the experience is missing.
My whole approach is existential, experiential. I am not giving you any dogma; I am not trying to give you a certain doctrine. On the contrary, I am trying to take all doctrines away. I would like you to be utterly empty of doctrines and beliefs and prejudices.
In that emptiness you are godliness - as much as I am, as much as Buddha is. That emptiness opens the door to your divinity.
I am not a godman. I am as ordinary as you are, as everybody else is; as ordinary or as extraordinary - it means the same. I am not superior to anybody and I am not inferior to anybody. Nobody is superior and nobody is inferior. We belong to one reality - how can we be inferior and superior?
The second question:
There is a question I have never been able to get an answer to. It is a stupid question and yet I feel that I want so much to know the answer.
Can you tell us what the purpose of creation is, why life exists, why everything exists? I don’t believe in accidents.
Patrick, the question is certainly stupid, you are absolutely right about it. And the question is not answerable. Anybody who answers it will only create a few more questions in you. You have not been able to get any answer because there is none. Life is a mystery - hence this question cannot be answered. You cannot ask why: if the why is answered, life is no longer a mystery.
That’s the whole effort of science: to destroy the mystery of life. And the way is to find an answer to every why. Science believes - of course, arrogantly and ignorantly - that one day it will be able to answer all whys. It is not possible. Even if we answer all whys, the ultimate why will remain: why does life exist at all? What is the meaning of existence? What is the purpose of all this? The question is ultimate - it cannot be answered.
If somebody gives you an answer, it will simply create another question. If somebody says. For example, these answers have been given - a few people believe that God created the world because he wanted to help humanity. Now, what kind of answer is this? He created humanity to help humanity. What was the need to create it? A few others say God created the world because he was feeling very lonely. If God too feels very lonely, then there is no possibility of anybody ever becoming a buddha.