Chapter 11: The Whole and Holy Circle
“The center in the midst of conditions” is a very subtle expression. The center is omnipresent; everything is contained in it; it is connected with the release of the whole process of creation.
Fixating contemplation is indispensable; it ensures the making fast of the enlightenment. Only one must not stay sitting rigidly if worldly thoughts come up, but one must examine where the thought is, where it began, and where it fades out. Nothing is gained by pushing reflection further. One must be content to see where the thought arose, and not seek beyond the point of origin; for to find the heart-consciousness, to get behind consciousness with conscious-ness - that cannot be done. Together we want to bring the states of the heart to rest, that is true contemplation. What contradicts it is false contemplation. That leads to no goal. When the flight of the thoughts keeps extending further, one should stop and begin contemplating. Let one con-template and then start fixating again. That is the double method of making fast the enlightenment. It means the circulation of the light. The circulation is fixation. The light is contemplation. Fixation without contemplation is circulation without light. Contemplation without fixation is light without circulation! Take note of that!
A blind man visited his friends. It was dark when he left, and they gave him a lantern.
“Thank you, but I don’t need it. Light or dark, it is all the same to me.”
“Yes, but carry it anyway so people won’t bump into you.”
Off he went, and soon someone collided with him and shouted, “Why don’t you look where you’re going?”
“Why don’t you see my lantern!”
“Sorry, brother,” said the other, “your candle went out.”
The scriptures in the hands of people who don’t know what meditation is, are just like a lantern in the hands of a blind man - utterly useless - and the blind man cannot know whether the lantern is still lit or not. He will simply be carrying an unnecessary weight - in fact, not helpful at all; on the contrary, it can be a hindrance. If the blind man had been moving without the lantern he would have been more careful, more cautious. Because of the lantern in his hand, he must have been walking as if he had eyes, he must have put all caution aside.
That’s what has happened to humanity at large: people have the Bible, the Koran, the Gita - these are lamps of immense beauty and light, but your eyes are blind. And the Gita is five thousand years old - the light went out long long ago. When Krishna died the light went out. So is the case with the Bible and the Koran and all the other holy scriptures of the world: when the master dies, the light goes out.