Chapter 14: Changing the Direction of Energy
So we forget about the method. We remember the result and we go on imagining, wishing, desiring the result. And one can fool oneself very easily. One can imagine that the result has been achieved.
Someone was here a few days before. He is a sannyasin - an old man, a very old man. He took sannyas thirty years ago; now he is near seventy. He came to me and he said, “I have come to make some inquiries, to know something.”
So I asked him, “What do you want to know?”
Suddenly he changed. He said, “No, not to know really - just to meet you, because whatsoever can be known I have known already.”
For thirty years he has been imagining, desiring - desiring bliss, divine experiences - and now, at this late age, he has become weak and death is near. Now he is creating hallucinations that he has experienced. So I told him, “If you have experienced, then keep silent. Be here with me for a few moments because then there is no need to talk.”
Then he became restless. He said, “Okay! Then suppose that I have not experienced. Then tell me something.”
So I told him, “There is no possibility with me to suppose anything. Either you have known or you have not known,” I said. “So be clear about it. If you have known, then keep quiet. Be here for a few moments and then go. If you have not known, then be clear. Then tell me so.”
Then he was puzzled. He had come to inquire about some methods. Then he said, “Really, I have not experienced, but I have been thinking so much about aham brahmasmi - I am the brahman - that sometimes I forget that I have only been thinking. I have repeated it so much, day and night, for thirty years continuously, that sometimes I completely forget that I have not known this. It is just a borrowed saying.”
It is difficult to remember what is knowledge and what is experience. They get confused; they get mingled and mixed. And it is very easy to feel that your knowledge has become your experience. The human mind is so deceptive, so cunning, that that is possible. That is another reason why Shiva has remained silent about the experience. He will not say anything about it. He goes on talking about methods, remaining completely silent about the result. You cannot be deceived by him.
That is one of the reasons why this book, one of the most significant of books, has remained altogether unknown. This Vigyan Bhairav Tantra is one of the most significant books in the world. No Bible, no Veda, no Gita is so significant, but it has remained completely unknown. The reason? It contains only simple methods without any possibility for your greed to cling to the result.
The mind wants to cling to the result. The mind is not interested in the method; it is interested in the end result. And if you can bypass the method and reach the result, the mind will be extremely happy.