Chapter 11: The Discipline of Witnessing
So, if you continuously create a particular idea of God or truth and, awake or asleep, are filled with the remembrance of these imaginings, then certainly a projection happens and it even becomes visible. It is nothing but an intensified daydream. There is nothing actually in front of your eyes, but what has been nourished and nurtured behind the eyes for a long time becomes visible. This is a projection; this is how dreams are seen, this is how the realization of truth based on preconceptions becomes possible.
A devotee of Christ sees Christ, a follower of Krishna sees Krishna and someone else’s disciples sees someone else. By no means is this the vision or realization of God or of truth. This is a projection of one’s own imagination because there cannot be two truths, two Gods. Truth is one and its realization is one, and one who wants to know truth must give up his countless concepts and imaginings.
I am not asking you to give up your concepts in favor of some other concept, I am asking you to give up all concepts as such. These very concepts are the lifeline of all the sects that exist in the name of religion, and because of this, there are many sects but there is no religion.
To know the truth it is necessary to forsake all theories about it, because only in such an unbiased, unprejudiced and therefore innocent state, can that which is be known. Where there is no pre-concept, no prior imagination, no prior expectation, is where no dreams form and the truth is realized. So, the discipline of truth-realization is not in fact the discipline of truth-realization, rather it is the discipline of dream-riddance.
It is not the realization of truth, it is simply freedom from hallucinations. That freedom is the realization of truth. We are lost in dreams, hence that which is, is almost an absence despite its constant presence.
Truth simply is, because what else is truth but that which is? It does not need to be brought from somewhere else. It is ever-present. But we are not present to it because we are lost in our dreams. No, it is not the truth we have to bring to ourselves, we have to bring ourselves to the truth. This is possible not by seeing more new dreams about God, but by doing away with all the dreams - by waking up.
Hence I said that the truth does not need imagination, but a realization that when the mind is free from all imagination it is then in the state of truth. The world is the realization of a choosing mind; truth is the realization of a non-choosing mind.
All concepts and all beliefs are choices and therefore not gateways to the truth. They are obstacles and lead nowhere. On the contrary, they block your path. The path to truth does not lie through them but beyond them.