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Chapter 5: Beyond Honor and Disgrace

If I say samadhi I mean something, I know it. But when you hear the word samadhi it is just a noise in your ears; at the most you can understand the meaning that is given in the dictionary. But a dictionary is not existence. It is not a substitute for existence. Samadhi can be known only when you go in it, when you become it; there is no other way to know it.

That’s why Lao Tzu goes on insisting: Truth cannot be spoken, and that which is spoken cannot be true. But he speaks because this much can be said; this is a negation.

He says:

He who knows does not speak;
he who speaks does not know.

This much can be said. Lao Tzu speaks - whether he knows or not. According to his own principle, if he knows he should not speak. If he speaks then he is not in the know, then he does not know. Then you will fall into a riddle which cannot be solved. If he does not know, then how can he say such a great truth?

He who knows does not speak;
he who speaks does not know.

If he knows, then why is he speaking? If he does not know, then such a profundity he cannot even hint at.

Try to understand this paradox. He is simply eliminating one thing. All that he is saying in these two sentences - which are deeply pregnant with meaning, very significant - he is saying only this much: Don’t be deluded by words. They are not truth. They may appear like truth, but they are not. A lived moment cannot be expressed. A live thing can be known only by living it.

You fall in love - then you know what it is. You may go on reading a thousand and one books about love, and they may be beautiful books, they may even have been written by those who have loved and who have known what love is, but by reading them you will never come to know what love is.

Love is not a concept to be understood. It is an experience to be possessed by. When love takes over you are thrown off center; you are no more there, love exists and you are not. You cannot manipulate love. A concept can be manipulated, you can interpret a concept, you can put this meaning or that into it; but love? Love cannot be manipulated.

It is not that you love, it is nothing that you do, it is something that happens to you - suddenly you are in a whirlwind. A greater force than you has taken possession. You are no more yourself, you are possessed.

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