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Chapter 17: The Manifestation of the Invisible

At the threshold of the temple, all duality disappears. There, the language of duality is of no use. Then what can be said? Supposing we say that God is light; in that case we will have to bring in darkness. And what sort of a God is this, that we have to bring in darkness to define him? Then what shall we call God? If we say that God is love, then we have to bring in hatred too. If we say that God is eternal, then we have to explain him in terms of the momentary, the transitory. If we speak of God as the creator, then too we will have to refer to his creation. What kind of a creator is someone whose very existence is dependent on his creation?

Once the concept of opposites has been left at the door, then there really remains nothing to say about that which is inside.

This is why this sutra starts with:

It is written that for him who is on the threshold of divinity
no law can be framed, no guide can exist.
Yet to enlighten the disciple,
the final struggle may be thus expressed.

For one who has reached the threshold of the divine, there can be no law made - because all laws are meant for the world. Outside the temple they are effective and can have results, but inside the temple they serve no purpose. What is right and what is wrong - all this is relevant only in the world of duality. It is dependent upon definitions and interpretations. At the doorway of the temple even right and wrong disappear. Here, not even good and bad remain. Religiousness and irreligiousness, morality and immorality are no longer there. Here, we have to leave behind whatsoever we have learned in the world of duality. So what laws can there be inside this temple where there is no duality, where there are no opposites?

That is why we have said the paramahansa, the supremely wise one, is beyond the domain of any rule. We cannot make any kind of rule for him. We cannot say anything about what he should or should not do. Whatever he does is right, and whatever he doesn’t do must be wrong. For us it is the other way around: we are not supposed to do what is wrong and we are supposed to do what is right. It is said that whatever the paramahansa does is right and whatever he doesn’t do is wrong. No rules apply to him, because he who has already entered the temple has moved beyond all rules.

Laws exist only at the periphery; at the center there are no laws. As long as we are at the periphery the laws apply to us, but as we reach to the center they don’t apply anymore. Even then, the paramahansa may choose to abide by the laws - but then that is his freedom. On the other hand, if he chooses to, he may live by breaking all the laws - in which case that too will be his freedom. His responsibility is to no one, he is not answerable to anything - because now there is no one above him to whom he is answerable. Now, he is standing in the place beyond which there is nothing.

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