Chapter 8: I Treat Jesus as a Poet
The first question:
How is one who has been trained all his life to analyze and question and doubt, brought to bridge the gap between doubt and trust?
Doubt is beautiful in itself. The problem arises when you are stuck in it, then doubt becomes death. Analysis is perfect if you remain separate and aloof from it. If you become identified then the problem arises, then analysis becomes a paralysis. If you feel that you have been trained to analyze, question and doubt, don’t get miserable. Doubt, analyze, question, but remain separate. You are not the doubt; use it as a methodology, a method. If analysis is a method, then synthesis is also a method. And analysis in itself is half; unless it is complemented by synthesis, it will never be the whole. And you are neither analysis nor synthesis, you are just a transcendental awareness.
To question is good, but a question is obviously the half. The answer will be the other half. Doubt is good, but one part; trust is another part. But remain aloof. When I say “remain aloof,” I say, remain aloof not only from doubt but from trust also. That too is a method. One has to use it, one should not allow oneself to be used by it - then a tyranny arises and the tyranny can be either of doubt or of trust.
The tyranny of doubt will cripple you. You will never be able to move a single step, because doubt will be everywhere. How can you do anything while there is doubt? That will cripple you. And if trust becomes a tyranny - and it can become, it has become for millions: the churches, the temples, the mosques are full of those people for whom trust has become a tyranny - then it doesn’t give you eyes, it blinds you. Then religion becomes a superstition.
If trust is not a method and you are identified with it, then religion becomes superstition and science becomes technology. Then the purity of science is lost and the purity of religion is also lost. Remember this: doubt and trust are like two wings. Use both of them, but you are neither.
A man of discretion, a man who is wise, will use doubt if his search is towards matter. If his inquiry is about the outside, the other, he will use doubt as the method. If his search is towards the inner, towards himself, then he will use trust. Science and religion are two wings.