Chapter 8: The Dimension of the Mysterious
The first question:
According to a very recent theory in astronomic physics, every atom which exists in the body or which builds up all material things around us comes out of a cosmic circle through which it must go at least twice. However, this fact doesn’t help me to feel part of the cosmos. As a scientist, do I ever stand a chance of experiencing mystery?
Science is a demystification of existence. Hence, it is absolutely impossible to feel any sense of the mysterious through science; the very method of science prohibits it. It is just like somebody who is blind trying to see through the ears, or somebody who is deaf trying to listen to music through the eyes: the very method becomes the barrier.
Science has a definite methodology and that makes it limited; it gives it a demarcation, a definition. And it is absolutely necessary for science to be defined, otherwise there would be no difference at all between science and meditation, between science and religious consciousness.
Science means being definite, being absolutely definite, about facts. And if you are very definite about facts then you cannot feel mysterious - the more definite you are the more mystery evaporates. Mystery needs a certain vagueness; mystery needs something undefined, undemarcated. Science is factual. Mystery is not factual, it is existential.
A fact is only a part of existence, a very small part, and science deals with parts because it is easier to deal with parts. They are small, you can analyze them. You are not overwhelmed by them, you can possess them in your hands. You can dissect them, you can label them, you can be absolutely certain about their qualities, quantities, possibilities - but in that very process mystery is being killed.
Science is the murder of mystery.
If you want to experience the mysterious you will have to enter through another door, from a totally different dimension. The dimension of the mind is the dimension of science, and the dimension of meditation is the dimension of the miraculous, the mysterious.