Chapter 6: Just to Be Able to Dance
It has helped, but it has helped only in one direction: that is the direction of matter. That is the way to know matter. You can never come to know mind that way, only matter. You can never come to know consciousness that way. You can know the outside, you can never know the inside - because in the inside you are already involved. There is no way to stand out of it. You are already there. The inside is you - how can you get out of it? I can watch a stone, a rock, a river dispassionately because I am separate. How can I watch myself dispassionately? I am involved in it. I cannot be outside it. I cannot reduce myself to being an object. I will remain the subject. And I will remain the subject - whatsoever I do, I am the knower, I’m not the known.
So the Greek mind shifted, by and by, towards matter. The motto, the inscription at Delphi’s temple “Know thyself” became the source of the whole scientific progress. But by and by, the very idea of dispassionate knowledge led the Western mind away from its own being.
The Hindu mind, the other type of mind in the world, has another direction: the direction is of being. In the Upanishads, the great master Uddalak says to his son and his disciple Svetketu, “That art thou” - Tattvamasi, Svetketu. That art thou - there is no distinction between that and thou. That is your reality; thou is the reality - there is no distinction. There is no possibility to know it as you know a rock. There is no possibility to know it as you know other things; you can only be it.
On the temple of Delphi, of course, it was written “Know thyself.” It is expressive of the Greek mind, because the temple is in Greece and the inscription is Greek. If the temple had been in India then the inscription would have been “Be thyself” - because that art thou. The Hindu mind moved closer and closer to one’s own being - that’s why it became non-scientific. It became religious but non-scientific. It became introvert, but then it lost all moorings in the outside world. The Hindu mind became very rich inside, but the outside became very poor.
A great synthesis is needed, a great synthesis between the Hindu and the Greek mind. It can be the greatest blessing for the earth. Up to now it has not been possible, but now the basic requirements are there and a synthesis is possible. The East and West are meeting in a very subtle way. The Eastern people are going to the West to learn science, to become scientists, and the Western seekers are going, moving towards the East to learn what religion is. A great mingling and merging is happening.
In the future, the East is not going to be East and the West is not going to be West. The earth is going to become a global village - a small place where all distinctions will disappear. And then for the first time the great synthesis will arise, the greatest ever - which will not think in extremes, which will not think that if you go outside, if you are a searcher after knowledge then you lose your roots in being; or if you search in your being you lose your roots in the world, in the scientific realm. Both can be together - and whenever this happens a man has both wings and he can fly to the highest sky possible. Otherwise you have only one wing.
As I see it, Hindus are lopsided as much as the Greek mind is lopsided. Both are half of the reality. Religion is half, science is half. Something has to happen which can bring religion and science together in a greater whole, where science does not deny religion and where religion does not condemn science.