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Chapter 2: Don’t Do Nothing!

It is not possible. So what happens? How does a man become enlightened?

He searches and searches, and there comes a moment when he realizes the total absurdity of searching for it. Because you can search for something which is not already within you, you can search for something which is in the future - but how can you search for that which is already the case? Through searching you will miss it.

How can you search for the seeker himself? The seeker can search for everything except himself. Trying to search for himself is absurd. How can the seeker seek himself? For search, a distance is needed between the seeker and the sought.

When the distance is not there - and it is not there - the seeker is the sought. When this is realized - and this is realized after much search, remember.don’t drop searching, I am not saying that - this is realized after many failures, when all hope is lost. This is realized only when you have searched in all the ways possible, when you have done all that you could, no stone has been left unturned, not even a single corner has been left unsearched, you have done all that can be done, nothing is left - you simply sit. The search drops from you: no hope, no possibility of ever gaining this goal. In a moment of absolute frustration you drop the search - this is how it happened to Buddha, this is how it happened to me, this is how it always happens.

You make tremendous effort, that is needed! I’m not saying that right now you can drop the search, how can you drop it if you have not got it?

Search hard. Make all the efforts you can, bring your total energy to it, but I am not saying that through it you will attain. Without it you will never attain, through it no one has ever attained. You will have to pass through it.

Go in, and then a moment arrives when you come out, freed from all search and seeking. Suddenly you turn inwards, because search is always outward. Seeking, you always look somewhere else, seeking you run all over the space, seeking you go in all directions - and there is within you something that is beyond all directions. You may call it the eleventh direction.

There is within you something which need not be searched for but only realized. It happens in a single moment, not even in a single moment, in a split second - not even that - it doesn’t happen in time.

Search stopped, seeker gone, suddenly it is there. It has always been there.

The second question:

What is the difference between knowledge and wisdom, and understanding?

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