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Chapter 2: Dissolution into the Cosmic

This world is not just a colorless unity; it is not monotonous. It has multi-colors; it is multi-tonal. You can create music with one note also, but then it will be just monotonous and boring. It cannot be lively, it cannot be beautiful. A more subtle and complex harmony is achieved through many notes - multi-phonal. A harmony runs through, but it is not a monotonous thing and each note has its own individuality. It contributes to the total harmony, and it contributes only because it has its own individuality.

A Buddha contributes only because he is a Buddha, and a Jesus contributes only because he is a Jesus. He gives a new note, a new vibration. A new harmony is born because of him, but that is possible only because he has an individuality. This is not only for deeper things. Even for very trivial and small things a Buddha and a Jesus differ. A Buddha walks in his own way; no one else can walk like that. A Jesus looks in his own way; no one else can look like that. Even their eyes, the very gestures, the very words they use, are unique. The other cannot even conceive..

This world is a harmony of unique notes, and the music is richer for that - every valley echoing in its own way.

All those well-wishers who try to impose a dead unity and who try to wash out individuality from everywhere - who say that the Koran means the same thing as the Gita, who say that Buddha teaches the same thing as Mahavira - are not really aware of what nonsense they are talking. If they could win, the world would become just a poor world. How can the Koran say the same thing as the Gita? How can the Gita say the same thing as the Koran? The Koran has its own individuality - no Gita can say that. No Koran can repeat the Gita because Krishna has his own aura, Mohammed his own. They never meet. Yet, I say, they stand on the same ground. They never meet, this is the beauty - and they will never meet. They will be just like parallel lines running to infinity.

They will never meet! This is what I mean by uniqueness: they are like peaks. The higher the peak goes, the less is the possibility of meeting with another peak. You can meet when you are on the ground - everything is meeting - but the higher you go, the more of a peak you become, and the less is the possibility of any meeting. So they are like Himalayan peaks, never meeting. If you try to impose a false unity over them, you will just destroy the peaks.

They are different, but their difference need not be inimical, their difference need not be a conflict. The conflict arises only because we are not ready to accept differences. Then we try to find similarities. Either we must have similarities or we will have conflict. Either we must speak the same thing or we must be enemies. We have only two alternatives - and both are wrong. They belong to one attitude. Why should they not be different? - altogether different, meeting nowhere? What is the need of conflict? Really, different notes create a beautiful harmony. Then there is a deeper meeting - no meeting in the notes, but in what the notes create; in the harmony there is a meeting.

One must begin to feel that harmony. If one only knows a jarring note - a Mohammed, a Jesus, a Buddha are just notes - no harmony is felt.

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