Chapter 22: Freedom Doesn’t Choose, It Discovers
With awareness you have the clarity, totality, let-go - existence decides within you. You don’t have to think about what is right and wrong; existence takes your hand in its hand, and you are moving relaxedly. That’s the only way, the right way. And that is the only way you can be sane; otherwise you will remain muddled.
Now, Soren Kierkegaard is a great mind, but being a Christian he has no idea of awareness. He can think, and think very deeply, but he cannot just be silent and watch. That poor fellow had never heard about anything like watching, witnessing, awareness. Thinking was all that he had heard about, and he had put his whole genius into thinking. He had produced great books, but he could not produce a great life for himself. He lived in utter misery.
You spoke the other night about “honest truth.” Mystics have often spoken of the “ultimate truth.” Can the truth be anything other than ultimate?
Truth cannot be anything other than the ultimate. But the mystics had to speak about “ultimate truth” for a certain reason. The reason was that philosophers have been speaking of “relative truth,” and they have been emphasizing the fact that every truth is relative. In the twentieth century, Albert Einstein brought the conception of relativity to scientific truths; otherwise, they used to be ultimate - they became relative. He was right. Mahavira, Gautam Buddha.they all have talked about relativity.
One thing that is missing is that nobody makes a distinction between truth and fact. Facts are relative, and truth is ultimate, but if you get mixed up and you start thinking of facts as truth, then they will be relative.
Two things first: Facts are relative, and you have to understand exactly what is meant by relative. It means that something can be true in a certain situation, and the same thing can be untrue in some other situation.
It was said that while Albert Einstein was alive there were only twelve people in the whole world who understood what he meant by relativity. It is a very delicate and subtle explanation about the universe. Einstein was continually asked - wherever he would go, in a club, in a restaurant - wherever he would go people would ask, “Just say something about what this relativity is and say it so that a layman can understand it.”
Finally he found a way: he said that if you are sitting on a hot stove, time will appear to you to be going very slowly; a single minute will look like hours because you are sitting on a hot stove. Your state is changing your conception of time. But if you are sitting with your girlfriend, hours go by and it seems only seconds have passed.
He would say, “This is what I mean by relativity: time is relative to a particular situation. There is nothing like “ultimate time’ so that whatever you do it is the same. It has always been known that when you are happy time passes fast, and when you are miserable, time passes very slowly.”