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Chapter 16: Only This Is

It is not to explain to the knowers but to satisfy the ignorant that the scriptures say that “Body etcetera is true,” and that there is accumulated karma, past action.
Actually there exists nothing else except the one and nondual Brahman, which is perfect, beginningless and endless, immeasurable, unchanging, abode of truth, abode of consciousness, abode of bliss, eternal, indestructible, omnipresent, uniform, whole, infinite, with head in all directions, impossible to be lost or to be found, supportless, independent, devoid of all attributes, actionless, subtle, choiceless, spotless, indefinable, beyond mind and speech, truly affluent, self-evident, pure, conscious and unlike anything we know.
Thus, knowing through your own experience that the soul is indivisible, be fulfilled and dwell blissfully in the changeless soul.
It is not to explain to the knowers but to satisfy the ignorant that the scriptures say that “Body etcetera is true,” and that there is accumulated karma, past action.

Whatsoever is said is not related only to the sayer, but relates also to the one to whom it is said. In fact the one to whom it is being said is more important. It has to be something that can be understood by him, that will not go over his head, that will not confuse him but rather bring clarity, that will become a path for him, not a mental disturbance - something that will not become just a journey into thinking but may become a discipline for transforming his life.

This sutra says that the scriptures speak to the ignorant in one language and to the knowers in a different language. The reality is that the enlightened ones speak with every individual in a different language. This is why you find so many inconsistencies in the scriptures, because the statements were addressed to different individuals. Buddha says one thing today, another tomorrow and a third thing the day after - and it becomes difficult to understand how the same individual would have said all these three things which are contradictory and opposite. There is no inconsistency, but a believer in Buddha tries hard to manage some sort of connection among them so that Buddha does not appear inconsistent. But the real fact is only this, that the speaker in all of them was the same but the listeners were different - and the statements were made keeping the listener in view.

The physician may be the same, but if the patients are different the medicines will be different. The statements of Buddha, the statements of the buddhas, are not doctrines but medicines. Hence it is always necessary to know to whom the statement was made.

The scriptures say one thing to the ignorant and another to the knowers. To the knowers it says that there is nothing like a body, only you are; to the ignorant it says that the body is there, but you are not the body. Now these statements are contradictory. If there is no body then there is no body; it has to be so whether you are talking to a knower or to the ignorant. And if there is body, then what difference does it make whether the listener is a knower or an ignorant person? Let us go into this more minutely.

There are some truths which are objective facts, such as, “This is morning.” Whether a person is a knower or ignorant makes no difference; morning is morning for both. Or if the sun has set and it is now night, it is night for the knower as well as the ignorant.

Science explores facts, hence it has to speak in a consistent language. Science deals with things that are outside, hence there is a great consistency in it. Religion is a subjective phenomenon. It uses a language in accordance with the inner; its emphasis is more on the subjectivity, less on fact.

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