Chapter 8: Truth: Your Birthright
Truth cannot be known partially, because truth is one. It cannot be broken into parts. This means that it is not possible for a person to know a little bit of truth now, then a little bit more, and then a little bit more. It does not happen like this. Truth is experienced as one. This means that it is not a gradual process. It is experienced totally, it is experienced in an explosion. But if I say that it can only be known totally, you will feel a little apprehensive because you feel so weak, how can you possibly know it totally?
When a man climbs up to the roof of the house he reaches it all at once, yet he has climbed the steps to it one at a time. He does not reach the roof in one step. When he is on the first step he is not on the roof and when he is on the last step he is still not on the roof; he begins to approach the roof, but he is still not on it.
It is possible to move closer to the truth gradually, but when you arrive at truth it is total. This means that you can gradually move closer to truth, but the attainment of truth is total, it is never in parts. It is never in fragments, remember this.
So the introduction to meditation that I have given you is a set of steps: you will not know truth through them, but you will move closer to truth through them. And at the last step which I have called ‘emptiness of the emotions’, when you jump beyond this emptiness of the emotions too, you experience truth. But then truth is known in its totality.
The experience of the divine does not come in fragments, it happens as a whole. But the way to reach the divine is divided into many parts. Remember this: the way to reach the divine is divided into parts, but truth itself is not in parts. So don’t think, “How can a person as weak as I am know the whole truth? I can only manage to know it if it can be known bit by bit.”
No, you will also be able to know it because you only need to walk on the path for a short distance at a time. It is not possible to walk the whole length of the path all at once. You cannot walk the whole length of a path at once; you have to walk a little at a time. But the destination is always reached as a whole, you never get there in parts - remember this.
Someone has asked:
What is truth?
There is no way to say it in words. To this day, it has been impossible to say it in human language - and it will never be said in the future either. It is not that in the past we did not have a language rich enough to say it, and that we will be able to say it in the future. It will never be said.