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Chapter 9: Awake to the Law

If you concentrate you can become a scientist of the objective world; if you contemplate you become a great philosopher. But unless you know what meditation is you will never be a mystic; and without being a mystic, you will miss all - your whole life will be a sheer wastage.

These sutras are tremendously important. In a few places the translation is not accurate, but on the whole it gives you the essence. Wherever I see it is not accurate I will remind you. Those inaccuracies are bound to happen - because in the West nobody has talked like Buddha; hence no Western language is capable of translating Buddha accurately, adequately.

Jesus was a buddha, but his way of talking was not that of Buddha. Jesus talked as if he were talking to primary school children - and that’s exactly the case. The people he was talking to were really at a very, very beginners’ stage. He had to use parables, metaphors. He had to use phrases which are anthropocentric: kingdom of God - there is no God and there is no kingdom. And Jesus knew it! - but he had to talk in words which people could understand.

People can understand a king - then God is the greatest king. But the difference is of quantity, not of quality. Kings have kingdoms; hence God, the greatest king, must have the greatest kingdom. But again the difference is of quantity, not of quality. And because it is not of quality it misses the whole point, it misses the target.

God is not a person but a presence. And God had no kingdom because God is a pervading presence of life, of beauty, of music, of poetry. He is spread all over space; he is not separate from it. He is not the creator, he is the very phenomenon of creativity itself. But Jesus could not talk that way - Buddha could.

Buddha was talking to a very ancient people, to people who were very well acquainted with higher reaches - even they were not able to understand. Jesus had to use language which could be understood. And Jesus was a carpenter’s son; he himself knew the language of the ordinary people. Buddha came from a royal family, a son of a king - very sophisticated - knew all about philosophy and was fed up with it; knew all about beautiful parables, stories, mythologies, and was finished with all that. He had seen through them, that they keep people occupied but they don’t transform them. He had discarded all that is nonessential; he talked only about the very essential. He was very telegraphic too: he would not use a single word more than was needed. Unless it was absolutely needed - only then would he use it.

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