Chapter 10: Truth, Goodness, Beauty: Windows to the Divine
Are you saying that we do not need to use the window to see the sky?
Yes. It is better to look from the window than not to look at all, but to look through the window cannot be compared to the windowless sky.
But how does one get from the room to the sky without the window?
You can pass through the window to go to the sky, but you must not remain at the window. Otherwise the window will always be there. The window must be left behind. It must be passed through and transcended.
Once one is in the sky there are no words - until one comes back into the room. Then the story comes.
Yes, one can come back. But then he cannot be the same as he was before. He has known the patternless, the infinite. Then even from the window he knows that the sky is not patterned, not windowed. Even from behind the window he cannot be deceived. Even if the window is closed and the room becomes dark, he knows that the infinite sky is there. Now he cannot be the same again.
Once you have known the infinite, you have become the infinite. We are what we have known, what we have felt. Once you have known the boundless, the boundary-less, in a way you have become infinite. To know something is to be that. To know love is to be love; to know prayerfulness is to be prayerfulness; to know the divine is to be the divine. Knowing is realization; knowing is being.
Do all three windows become one?
No. Each window will remain as it was. The window has not changed; you have changed. If the person is emotional he will go out and come in through that window, but now he will not deny other windows; he will not be antagonistic to them. Now he will be understanding of the others. He will know that other windows also lead to the same sky.