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Chapter 1: Love Is the Master Key

And whenever truth explodes in you, you attain to a totally different vision of life, of godliness, of religion. Your eyes have a different quality, a different transparency, clarity. When your mind is clouded with thoughts borrowed from others, whatsoever you call religion is not religion, it is just dreaming.

And the basic difference makes an imitative person pathological. A Christian is pathological, a Hindu too. Krishna is healthy, superbly healthy; so is Christ. When Christ says something, he has known it. He is not repeating somebody else, he is not a parrot. It is his own realization; and that makes the whole difference.

When you become a Christian, you repeat Christ. By and by, you become more like a shadow. You lose your being. You lose yourself. You are no more true, real, authentic. A Christian is already dead, and religion is concerned with a rebirth. Yes, it is a crucifixion too; the old has to die for the new to be born.

But following a dead creed, a dogma, a church, you never allow the old to die - and you never allow the new to be born. You never take the risk. You never move in danger. When Christ goes to face his own being, he is moving dangerously, he is taking a great risk, he is going into the unknown.

Just the other night I initiated a young man into sannyas, and I told him to seek the unknown. He said, “But why? And how? How can I seek the unknown? That which I don’t know, how can I seek it?”

We only seek the known. But if you only seek the known you will never know godliness - because you don’t know godliness. If you seek the known you will move in a circle, in a rut. You will become mechanical. Seek the unknown, because through seeking the unknown you move out of the rut, out of the repetitive, mechanical way of life. He is also right; he says, “How to seek the unknown?”

Drop the known, don’t cling to the known, and wait for the unknown. If you don’t cling to the known, if you put the known aside, the unknown comes on its own accord. The unknown is just waiting at the door, but you are so full of the known that there is no space left for the unknown to come in. The unknown would like to become a guest, but the host is interested only in the known. The host is too much occupied with the known; the host is not free to even look at the unknown.

Yes, I can understand his question: How to seek the unknown? - because whatsoever you seek will be the known. Mind cannot seek the unknown, so mind is the barrier for the unknown. Mind can only seek the known again and again and again. Mind is repetitive.

That’s what meditation is all about: the way, the art of dropping the mind - at least for a few moments - so you can look at the unknown, not knowing where you are going. But those are the most beautiful moments - when you don’t know where you are going, when you don’t know who you are, when you don’t know the direction, the goal; when knowledge exists not.

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