Chapter 7: The Light behind the Window
Subjectivity is religion, objectivity is science. To pay attention to the object is to be scientific, to pay attention to the subject is to be religious.
You look at a flower: if you pay attention to the flower then it is scientific, if you pay attention to the witness of the flower it becomes religious. A scientist and a religious man may be standing side by side looking at the same flower, but they are not looking in the same way. The scientist is looking at the flower and has forgotten himself completely, the religious man is witnessing the flower and remembering himself. It is a change of gestalt. You try it sometime: look at a flower, then suddenly change the gestalt; now look at the seer of the flower.
You are listening to me right now: you can pay attention to what I am saying - then it is a scientific listening; and you can be aware of the one who is listening to me within you - it becomes religious. The difference is very delicate and subtle. Try it right now: listen to me, forget yourself - then it is scientific.
A scientist while working is absolutely concentrated. Science is concentration, religion is meditation, and that is the difference between concentration and meditation. Concentration is not meditation, meditation is not concentration. Concentration is focusing your eyes on the object, meditation is focusing yourself on your self. Meditation has no object in it. It is pure subjectivity.
Listen to me, concentrate. Then you forget yourself, then you don’t know who you are - you are simply a listener. Then change the focus. It is a knack, it cannot be taught how to change it; you simply change it, you just become aware that you are listening. Awareness becomes more important than what you listen to. Immediately a change, a deep change has happened in your being. In that moment you become religious.
If you go on paying too much attention to the object you may come to know many secrets of nature, but you will never come across God on any of the paths that you will travel. It will never be a pilgrimage, a teerthyatra. You will wander and wander into the wilderness of the world and matter. That’s why science cannot think that God is - it is impossible: God is not an object. Your very approach is such that God is excluded, out of it.
God is not an object, God is your within-ness. It is not in the object of concentration, it is in the subjectivity of meditation - he is you!
I have heard one beautiful story..
There was a man, a great devotee of Buddha and he had a beautiful statue of Buddha, a wooden statue, a piece of art - very antique, very valuable. He carried it like a great treasure.