Chapter 9: Silently Blissful, Blissfully Silent
There is neither the known nor the knower; they have disappeared into one reality. So now there is nobody to claim, “I know,” not even anybody to claim, “I don’t know” - that too is a claim. Socrates’ claim is far better than the claim of the knowledgeable people, the people who say, “We know” - they are the most stupid. Socrates is far better. He says, “I know only one thing, that I know nothing,” but that too is a claim. At least one thing he knows - at least he knows that he knows nothing. Still he is.something of the ego may be just the shadow. If not the ego then the shadow of the ego is still lingering somewhere - a hang-up. But that hang-up has also to disappear, then you come to the real self.
It is the real self.
It, above all, should be known.
The statement - the last statement - will look like a paradox, because we have been saying it cannot be known, it is not knowing, it is not unknowing either, it is not knowingness itself, it is ineffable, it is indefinable and in the end the Mandukya Upanishad says:
Above all, it should be known.
This is the trouble with language. It is not the fault of the Mandukya Upanishad - the language is faulty. The language cannot say what it is, the language cannot indicate correctly, but it has to be known. Now this known has to be given a special meaning: the meaning of becoming one with it. That is the only way to know it. To know means to disappear, to know means not to be.
Shakespeare says: The question is to be or not to be. If you ask the Mandukya Upanishad, it will say - and I agree with the Mandukya Upanishad - the question is not: To be or not to be? the question is: How not to be so that you can be? The way to be is not to be. Disappear as you are so you can appear as you really are. Let the mask fall so that the original face is discovered, let the mind go so that there is no interference from the mind.and you can be in silent blissfulness, one with existence.
Then you will find yourself in the flowers and their fragrance and you will find yourself in the birds and their songs, and you will find yourself in the sun and in the moon and in the clouds, in the people, in the animals.you will find yourself spread everywhere. You will be as vast as the universe itself.
All that you have to lose is this small ego. It is not much that you are asked to lose. It is rubbish! It is false! It is only an idea. If you are able to drop it, suddenly you explode into the whole, and then the whole splendor of existence is yours. All the songs are yours, all the blessings are yours, all the benedictions are yours.
That state of ecstasy is the fourth state, turiya. It has to be known! It has to be lived! That is the only way to attain to ultimate life. Unless it is found, life remains misery, life remains a hell. To find it is to enter into the kingdom of God.
Enough for today.