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Chapter 9: The Fallacy of Knowledge

The void can be achieved, but this void cannot be created. If you create it, it is bound to be created by your old mind, your knowledge. So there can be no method because a method can only come from your accumulated information. And if there is any method to cultivate the void it is bound to be a continuity with your old mind. It will not be a discontinuous experience. And the new, the unknown, must come to you not as a continuity, but as a discontinuous gap. Only then is it beyond your knowledge.

So there can be no method as such, there can be no methodology; only the understanding, only the awareness that “I am separate from that which I have accumulated.” If this is to be understood, then there is no need of any cultivation; but things will happen. I am unidentified so I am the void. Now there is no need to create it.

And one cannot create it because a created void will not be a void. It will be your creation and your creation can never be nothingness, void, or be emptiness. It cannot be this space which is unlimited - because my creation, your creation, will be a limited creation; something with boundaries. I have created it.

The void must come to me. I can only be a receiver, so I can only be prepared in a negative way - prepared in the sense that I am not identified with knowledge; prepared in the sense that I have understood the futility, the meaninglessness of what I have known.

Only this awareness of the thinking process can lead me and others - can lead me into a jump, into a gap where that which is overwhelms me, that which is always present comes to me and I go to it, and there is no barrier between me and it. Now it has become one infinite moment, one eternity, one infinity.

But the moment you have known it, again you will translate it into knowledge. Again it will become part and parcel of your memory, again it will be lost. So no one can ever say, “I have known.” The unknown always remains. Whatsoever one may know from it, the unknown remains the same. The charm of it, the beauty of it, the attraction of it, the call of it, remains the same.

So the process of knowing is eternal. One can never come to a point where he can say, “I have reached.” And if someone says this he has fallen into the pattern of memory, into the pattern of knowledge again, which becomes a death. The moment one asserts knowledge is the moment of his death. Life has ceased because life is always from the unknown toward the unknown. Always and always, beyond and beyond. To know a religious person is not to know a person who claims knowledge. A person who claims knowledge may be a theologian, may be a philosopher, but not a religious mind. A religious mind accepts the ultimate mystery, the ultimate unknowableness, the ultimate ecstasy of ignorance, the ultimate bliss of it.

This moment cannot be created, it cannot be projected. If you cannot make your mind still, if you make it, either you have intoxicated it or you have hypnotized it. But this is not the void, the void which comes and can never be brought.

So I am not teaching any method in the sense that there are methods, techniques, doctrines. I am not a teacher.

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