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Chapter 3: Don’t Make Life a Question-Answer Game

This is the place where philosophy and authentic mysticism take separate paths. Philosophy goes after questions, answers, and never reaches any conclusion. Mysticism simply drops the mind, because it is nothing but a question-creating mechanism, and moves into silence. And the most amazing thing in life is that then, when there is no question, you have found the answer.

There may be thousands of questions, but there is only one answer, and that answer is your awareness. It is not in the form of an answer, it is in the form of an experience: suddenly a great silence descends upon you. Everything becomes calm and quiet. And without any words, without any knowledge, there is knowing. Knowing that you have arrived home, that now there is nowhere to go.

If you look at the history of man.from the very primitive man, the same questions have been asked. Answers have become more and more sophisticated, but no answer destroys the question. The question has an immense capacity to survive all answers: it comes back again in a new form.

You ask who created the world. Your organized religions say God created the world, and the mind immediately asks who created God - the answer is nullified.

And if somebody says, “Number one god created the universe; number two god created number one god; number three god created number two god.” that will be ludicrous, because finally the last god will have the same question: who created him? The question has an immense capacity to survive all your answers, howsoever sophisticated.

The path of the mystic is totally different from the path of the philosopher. The mystic does not try to find answers for the questions. He simply understands one thing: that until he goes beyond mind, questions will continue; no answer can help. But the moment you are beyond the mind, all questions disappear, and in that disappearance you have found the answer - without words, without language, you have become a knower. You have become knowing itself, not knowledge. This state is the state of the watcher.

So don’t say, “I am not that.” There are schools which teach that - when you see something in the mind go on saying, “I am not that. I am not the body, I am not the mind, I am not the heart; I am not this, I am not that.” But the watcher is beyond all your negations, just as he is beyond your positive assertions.

Remain silent; don’t say anything. If some thought floats in the mind, let it float. The way you allow a cloud to float in the sky - you don’t start shouting, “I am not that.” Your mind is also a sky, a screen. Things pass. You simply watch.

As Adam wandered about the Garden of Eden he noticed two birds up in the tree. They were snuggled up together, billing and cooing. Adam called to the Lord, “What are the two birds doing in the trees?” The Lord said, “They are making love, Adam.”

A little while later he wandered into the fields and saw a bull and cow going at it. He called to the Lord, “Lord, what is going on with that bull and cow?”

And the Lord said, “They are making love, Adam.”

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