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Chapter 10: All Problems Are Unreal

It is difficult, it is almost impossible to explain, because in the first place whatsoever you ask is going to be something absurd. You cannot ask a right question, because if you can ask a right question there is no need to ask it. A right question is always carrying the right answer in it - because the real thing is to be right. If you can be right in your question you have already understood. But, still, I will try; I will try to bring your fever a little down. It is not an explanation.

“Sometimes you say that it is possible for a master and disciple, for two lovers, to meet being to being. And sometimes you say that we are totally alone and it is impossible to ever be together.” Both are true. We are absolutely alone and it is impossible to be together - this is absolutely true. And the other statement is also as absolutely true as this: that two lovers can meet being to being, master and disciple can meet being to being. The contradiction arises because you don’t have any experience of it.

When two lovers meet there are not two lovers - only love exists. The two have disappeared, lovers have disappeared, because if lovers are there love cannot be. When two lovers are there, there are not two and there are no longer lovers: only love exists. The two have become just like two banks of a river: in fact the river flows and touches both the banks. Without the river the banks are alone, separate, cannot meet. When the river flows the banks are meeting through the river, in the river.

When master and disciple meet there is no master, no disciple. There are not two; the duality is no longer there. Again one exists in its total loneliness, in its total aloneness. Two cannot meet, but if the two disappear then there exists that moment.

It is difficult, what to call it. If I call it a moment of meeting, you will misunderstand, because all meeting presupposes the existence of two. If I don’t call it a meeting then it will be impossible for me to call it anything else. This is the trouble with language. But you can understand: if you listen to me sympathetically - and there is no other way to listen - if you are in deep sympathy with me, not trying to discuss a problem with me but rather trying to feel my difficulty in expressing that which cannot be expressed, a deep sympathy, that’s what trust is, then you can understand. Then words won’t betray, then they don’t become a hindrance. Then they can become pointers, then they can have a certain significance - not meaning, significance - because you can have a glimpse through them.

You know they are gross, all words are gross, language is gross - silence is subtle - but if you understand sympathetically, in deep trust, in deep faith, then words also carry something of the quality of silence.

Listen to me: two cannot meet - that is impossible; and, two can meet, but then the quality of two-ness has disappeared. When I say a meeting being to being, I mean now there is neither the lover nor the beloved.they are lost, disappeared, something else as a oneness has penetrated into their beings. In that deep silence love exists, not lovers.

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