Chapter 21: Only the Real Can Meet the Real
Being with you in India is much stronger than anywhere else in the world. Sitting with you in discourse feels like being in the very heart of the world. Sometimes just sitting in the hotel room, closing my eyes, I feel that your heartbeat and mine are beating in the same rhythm. Waking in the morning, listening to the sounds around - they penetrate much deeper than in any other place. It feels like meditation is happening here naturally, and without any effort. Is your work different in India, or is there something here like a natural buddhafield?
India is not just geography or history. It is not only a nation, a country, a mere piece of land. It is something more: it is a metaphor, poetry, something invisible but very tangible. It is vibrating with certain energy fields which no other country can claim.
For almost ten thousand years, thousands of people have reached to the ultimate explosion of consciousness. Their vibration is still alive, their impact is in the very air; you just need a certain perceptivity, a certain capacity to receive the invisible that surrounds this strange land.
It is strange because it has renounced everything for a single search, the search for the truth. It has not produced great philosophers - you will be surprised to know it - no Plato, no Aristotle, no Thomas Aquinas, no Kant, no Hegel, no Bradley, no Bertrand Russell. The whole history of India has not produced a single philosopher - and they have been searching for truth!
Certainly their search was very different from the search that has been done in other countries. In other countries people were thinking about truth; in India, people were not thinking about truth - because how can you think about truth? Either you know it, or you don’t; thinking is impossible, philosophy is impossible. It is absolutely an absurd and futile exercise. It is just like a blind man thinking about light - what can he think? He may be a great genius, may be a great logician - it is not going to help. Neither logic is needed nor genius is needed; what is needed is eyes to see.
Light can be seen, but cannot be thought. Truth can be seen, but cannot be thought; hence we don’t have a parallel word in India for philosophy. The search for truth we call darshan, and darshan means seeing. Philosophy means thinking, and thinking is circular - about and about, it never reaches to the point of experiencing.
India is the only land in the whole world, strangely, which has devoted all its talents in a concentrated effort to see the truth and to be the truth.
You cannot find a great scientist in the whole history of India. It is not that there were not talented people, it is not that there were not geniuses. Mathematics was founded in India, but it did not produce Albert Einstein. The whole country, in a miraculous way, was not interested in any objective research. To know the other has not been the goal here, but to know oneself.
For ten thousand years millions of people persistently making a single effort, sacrificing everything for it - science, technological development, riches - accepting poverty, sickness, disease, death, but not dropping the search at any cost.it has created a certain noosphere, a certain ocean of vibrations around you.