Chapter 28: Be a Joke unto Yourself
Watch. If your head is saying these things, these are not feelings. Feelings cannot say these things, because this is not the language of feelings. Feelings say, “Fall in love, and then you will know.” Thoughts say, “Doubt, inquire, make certain. When everything is absolutely proved and you are convinced, rationally convinced, then you can trust.” And the logic appears very, very clean, there seems to be no trick in it. There is! The trick is that through scientific knowing you cannot know the mystery that is confronting you, you cannot know the poetry that is showering on you. You cannot see the beauty and the grace that is available to you.
You will see my body, you will listen to my words, but you will miss my silences. And they are my real messages. You will be able to see me as I appear on the surface; you will not be able to penetrate into me as I am at the center.
Knowing the circumference is possible scientifically, but by knowing the circumference of a person love does not arise. And the relationship between the disciple and the master is the crescendo of love, the highest peak of love. Love cannot go higher than that; that is the ultimate in love.
These are your thoughts, not feelings. And if you listen to thoughts you cannot have any communion with me. You will listen to my words, you will listen to my arguments, you will become more knowledgeable, you will go perfectly satisfied that you have something with you. And all that is nonsense. Those words that you have accumulated, the knowledge that you have gathered, are of no use at all.
It is not a question of gathering information here, it is a question of imbibing the spirit; the only way is to trust. It is only through trust that knowing happens.
Science uses doubt as its method, religion uses trust as its method. That is their fundamental difference. Doubt is irrelevant in the world of love, just as trust is irrelevant in the world of things. In the world of I/it, only doubt is significant: you cannot trust things - the scientist cannot just sit there in trust waiting for something to happen. Nothing will happen. He has to doubt, inquire, investigate, dissect. He has to use his mind, his logic, then only some conclusions can be arrived at.
And those conclusions will always remain approximate, they will always remain conditional, because in the future more facts may be known and the whole thing would have to be changed again. They cannot be categorical.
So trust is not the point, it never arises in the world of science; doubt remains the base. And if sometimes you come to a conclusion, the conclusion does not become your trust, does not become your faith. It remains an hypothesis.
A hypothesis means that up to now whatsoever has been known supports this theory. It is only up to now; we can’t say anything about tomorrow. Tomorrow more facts may be known, and certainly when more facts are known the hypothesis will have to be adjusted, and the theory will have to be changed.
Science goes on changing every day; it is temporal, it lives in the world of time, because the mind is time. The mind cannot live without time; the mind is momentary, temporal.
The world of religion functions in a totally different dimension, on a different level. It begins in trust, in love; then a totally different kind of knowing happens.