Chapter 8: The Grass Grows by Itself
The existence goes on and on. There seems to be no possibility that it will be ending somewhere.
When the Vedic mystics looked at the sky, it was mysterious. When you look at the sky it is far more mysterious. Medic mystics will feel jealous of you - but you don’t look at the sky.
For thousands of years man believed that life, existence, consists of matter. Now physicists say there is no matter - all is energy. They have not been able to solve the mystery of matter. The mystery has become very deep. Now there is no matter - it is all energy.
And what is energy? Now, even to define it is becoming difficult - because it was possible to define it in contrast with matter. Now there is no matter. How to define it? Definition is lost. It is there in its sheer mystery. And the efforts that have been made to define it have made it look even more mysterious.
If you go into modern physics, you will be surprised. Mystics look not so mysterious now - with all God and heaven and angels and souls, even then they don’t look so mysterious. The modern world of physics is far more mysterious, incomprehensibly mysterious. And the infinite space..
And Albert Einstein says it goes on expanding.into what? And he says, “We don’t know yet into what. But one thing is certain: it goes on expanding.”
Existence is expanding, into what? Naturally, the question arises. There must be some space beyond it, but that cannot be said. By the very definition of existence that is prohibited, because when we say “existence” we mean all that is, space included. All that is. Then how does it expand? into what? There is nothing left outside it!
It is almost as mysterious as one day you go to the market and you keep yourself in your own pocket. It is possible to keep yourself in your own pocket? It should be - if existence can expand without there being anything to expand into. All space is in, in its pocket, and it goes on expanding into its own pocket! Looks absurd. Zen koans are nothing compared to it.
Albert Einstein says the world is finite. That too is mysterious. If the world is finite, then there must be something to define it. There must be a boundary! If you call it finite, then there must be a boundary to it. But to make a boundary you will have to accept something beyond the boundary, otherwise the boundary cannot be drawn. The boundary can be drawn only between two things!
You can have a fence around your house because of the neighbor. If there is no neighbor, nothing exists beyond your fence, how are you going to put the fence and where? And how will you decide that “This is the place where we should put the fence,” that “This part belongs to me and there is nothing outside it”?
But Albert Einstein says this is how it is: “We can’t explain it, but this is how it is. The world is finite and yet there is no boundary to it. Unbounded finiteness!” Absurd! Illogical!