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Chapter 11: Truth or Trick?

When you get out, you know it is a full-moon night and life was not suffering. Life appeared to be suffering because you had become imprisoned in a cage.

Life is vast, so you cannot know when I am lying or when I am saying the truth. And if you ask me to tell you when I am lying or when I am saying the truth, then the whole point will be lost. And even if I say that this is a lie and this is a truth, how can you believe me, whether I am still lying or not?

So it will be easier for you, if you can believe me, to believe totally. Or if you cannot believe me, then do not believe me at all. This will be easy: either think that whatsoever I am saying is true or whatsoever I am saying is a lie. These are the only two possibilities. Both ways you will be helped. I say that both ways you will be helped. You will not be in confusion.

If you believe me totally, that “whatsoever this man says is true,” this will help you. Not that whatsoever I say will be true, but ultimately you will find that it was the only thing that could have been helpful to you. But that you will come to know only afterwards.

If you do not believe me at all, that will also be good. That too is not easy. The easier course is to believe some things and not to believe other things. If you believe me totally, or not at all, in either case you become total. In one case you are surrendered to me and you say, “Whether you lie or not, that is your business: I believe.” Then you become total; you are not divided. Or if you say, “Whether you say a truth or a lie, I do not believe you - you are a liar,” then too you are total, and totality helps.

But the easier course is to believe in some things and not to believe in other things. Why is it easier? It is easier because with whatsoever you want to believe you will think, “He is true,” and with whatsoever you do not want to believe you will think, “He is lying.” That will not be of much help; it is of no help really. So do not choose. My advice is: do not believe at all - but if you think that the other will be good then believe totally.

Now get ready for the meditation.