Chapter 5: Esoteric Games: A Hindrance to Growth
So do not try to play these verbal games: “Body and mind are divided; body and mind are one.” Drop them! They are interesting, but useless. They lead nowhere. Even if you find some truth in them, they are only verbal truths. What are you going to learn from them? For thousands of years your mind has played this game, but it is childish; any verbal game is childish. However seriously you play it makes no difference. You can find many things to support your position, many meanings, but it is just a game. As far as day-to-day work is concerned, language is useful, but you cannot move into the deeper realms with it because these realms are non-verbal.
Language is just a game. If you find some associations between the verbal and the non-verbal, the reason is not that you have found some important secret, no. You can find many associations that look important, but they are not really significant. They are there because your mind has unconsciously created them.
The human mind is basically similar everywhere, so everything that develops out of the human mind tends to be similar. For example, the word for mother happens to be similar in every language. Not because there is anything significant about it, but because the sound “ma” is the sound that is most easily uttered by every child. Once the sound is there you can create different words out of it, but a sound is just a sound. The child is just making the sound “ma,” but you hear it as a word.
Sometimes a similarity can be found that is just coincidental. God is the reverse of dog. It’s just a coincidence. But we find it meaningful because to us a dog is something low. Then we say that God is the reverse of this. This is our interpretation. It may be that for the opposite of God we created a word dog and then gave this name to dogs. The two are not related at all, but if you can create a relationship between them, it appears significant to you.
You can go on creating similarities out of anything. You can create a vast ocean of words, with infinite similarities. For instance, the word monkey. You can play with this word and find certain associations, but before Darwin this would have been impossible. Because we now know that man comes from the monkey, we can play word games. We can say monkey as “man-key”: the key to man. Other people have joined these two words in a different way. They have said that monkey and man are related because of the mind: man has a monkeyish mind.
So you can create associations and enjoy it, you can feel it is a good game, but it is just a game. One must remember that. Otherwise you will lose track of what is real and what is just a game, and you will go mad.
The more deeply you go into words, the more associations you will find. And then, just by tricks and turns, you can create a whole philosophy out of it. Many do that. Even Ramdas has done this, very much. He has played with the word monkey in this way; he has compared dog and God in this way. It is all right; there is nothing wrong in it. What I am saying is this: if you are playing a game and enjoying it, then enjoy it - but never be fooled by it. And you can be fooled. The game can be so engrossing that you will go on with it, and much energy will be wasted.