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Chapter 5: The True Knowledge

Two different processes are happening with a pond and a well. A pond is afraid that somebody will take its water away because if its water goes, it will become empty. And a well wants someone to take its water so that more fresh water can fill it, fresh and more alive. A well calls out, “Take my water, I want to share it,” and a pond calls out, “Keep away. Don’t touch my water, don’t take my water!” A pond wants somebody who has water to bring it and pour it in so its wealth can grow. But if somebody has a bucket, the well wants that person to take some of its water so that it can get rid of the water which has become old and get new water. A well wants to share, a pond wants to hoard. A well has streams which are connected to the ocean. A well seems to be small, but deep inside it is connected with the infinite. And howsoever big a pond may look, it has no relation to anyone - it ends in itself and is closed. It has no stream; it has no way of connecting with the infinite.

If somebody goes to the pond and talks about the ocean, the pond will laugh and say, “There is no such thing as an ocean. Everything is a pond. There is no ocean anywhere.” A pond has no idea about the ocean.

But if somebody praises the beauty of the well the well will think, “What is mine? Everything comes from the ocean. What am I? Whatever comes to me is connected far away with something else.” A well cannot have any “I” of its own, any feeling of “I am,” but a pond has an ego and a feeling of “I am.” And the interesting thing is that a well is very big but a pond is very small; a well has its own wealth but a pond has no wealth of its own.

Man’s mind can become a well or a pond: these are the only two possibilities of how man’s mind can evolve. And a person whose mind becomes a pond, slowly, slowly will become mad.

All of your minds have become ponds. You have not created wells, you have created ponds. You collect things from all over the world - from books, from scriptures, from teachings - you collect all of them and think that you have become learned. You have made the same mistake as the pond. The pond thought that it was a well, and the illusion can be created because you can see that there is water in both of them.

You can find knowledge in a scholar, a teacher and in a conscious person, but a scholar is a pond and a conscious person is a well. There is a great difference between the two. You cannot imagine how fundamental and how deep this difference is. The knowledge of a scholar is borrowed, stale, rotten. The troubles that have arisen in the world are because of the scholars’ knowledge. Whose fight is the fight between Hindus and Mohammedans - it is the fight of scholars. The opposition between a Jaina and a Hindu is the opposition between scholars. It is an opposition of scholars - it is an opposition of minds which are rotten, borrowed and stale.

All the troubles that have happened all over the world are because of minds which have become ponds. Otherwise there are just people in the world - nobody is a Christian, a Hindu, a Mohammedan, a Jaina. These are just labels for the ponds. The pond puts a label on itself, a label of the well from which it has drawn its water - someone has drawn water from the Gita so he is a Hindu; someone has drawn water from the Koran so he is a Mohammedan.

A conscious person does not take water from others, the water comes from within him. It comes from existence, so he can be neither a Hindu, a Mohammedan nor a Christian. A conscious person cannot belong to any sect, but a scholar cannot be without a sect. Whenever you find a scholar he will belong to a sect.

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