Chapter 13: The New Man: Intellect in Harmony with the Heart
That’s why I want to drop all unnecessary hypotheses, so you can focus yourself on the most necessary hypothesis - and that is your being, your soul.
Please first find yourself, then try to find God; otherwise you will not even be able to introduce yourself: Who are you? If by chance, by accident, somewhere you come across him, and he asks, “Who are you?” you won’t be able to answer him; you don’t know. Your name will not work, your religion will not work, your degrees will not work; because you are not your name, you are not your degrees and you are not your profession. He will not ask, “Are you a doctor or an engineer or a plumber?” He will ask, “Who are you? Engineering may be your education - forget about it! Just tell me who you are.” And you don’t know. This is the basic question.
I say to you, you are; but don’t believe me, just take it as a hypothesis.
That’s why I needed first your trust, a little trust: the trust that this man is not going to give you a wrong hypothesis. This much trust - I am not asking much.
Jesus and Krishna asked for total surrender. I am just asking for a very simple thing, a thing that any scientist will ask of you: “This is the hypothesis - work on it.” You cannot doubt a hypothesis, remember, because a hypothesis is not a belief so the question of doubt does not arise.
A hypothesis means something temporarily assumed to help you inquire. And once you find, you can see whether the hypothesis was right or wrong. You can put your experience against the hypothesis and judge. And if this hypothesis has given you the experience, then the hypothesis was right. If the hypothesis just leads you into a desert land, and no oasis ever appears, then drop that hypothesis - and the sooner the better. Find something better. But I tell you I have found it.
In a master you need only hypothetical trust, not a total surrender. How can you surrender totally?
I sometimes feel simply surprised that Krishna told Arjuna, “Surrender to me totally.” Now, if Arjuna is asking a thousand and one questions about everything, is it possible for him to surrender totally? And for Krishna to ask Arjuna, who is continually doubting everything that Krishna is saying and raising question upon question - to tell him, “Just surrender totally to me”..
Do you think it is a child’s game? How can this man surrender? And Arjuna was a great intellectual: all the questions that he has raised before Krishna are relevant. And all the answers that Krishna had given to him are just to explain away his question, not to explain. There is no way to explain, he is simply trying to explain them away. But Arjuna is insistent: Krishna tries to escape from one question, Arjuna brings another. This goes on and on, and in the middle of it, Krishna suddenly asks, “You just surrender to me, and leave everything to me.”