Chapter 9: Into the Fantastic
In that sense Patanjali is a greater scientist than Einstein. Someday or other Einstein will have to learn from Patanjali. Patanjali has nothing to learn from Einstein because whatsoever you know of the outside world remains, at the most, information. It can never become real knowledge, because you remain outside of it. Real knowledge is possible only when you have to come to the very source of knowing - and there happens the greatest miracle, and many miracles.
The greatest miracle is that the moment you come to the very source of knowing, you disappear. The closer you come to the source, the more you start to disappear. Once centered, you are no more; and yet, for the first time you are. You are no more as you used to think about yourself. You are no more the ego, that trip is over. For the first time you are a being.
And with this being, the greatest miracle has happened to you you have come home. That’s what Patanjali calls samadhi. Samadhi, means all problems solved, all questions dissolved, all anxieties resolved. One has come home. In total rest, in total tranquillity, nothing disturbs, nothing distracts. Now you are available to enjoy. Now every moment becomes a sheer delight.
First thing religion got hooked in the infrarational. Second thing so-called religious people became more and more inauthentic - all their belief became borrowed. And third thing the world became much too impatient. People are in such a hurry - going nowhere, but in a great hurry. Moving faster and faster and faster and faster. Don’t ask them. “Where are you going?” because that becomes an embarrassing thing. Don’t ask them. Just ask. “How fast are you going?” To ask. “Where are you going?” is uncivil, unmannerly, because nobody knows where he is going.
People are in a hurry, and religion is such a tree that it needs patience. It needs infinite patience. It needs no-hurry. If you are in a hurry, you will miss what religion is. Why has this so great hurry been created in the modern life? From where has it come? Because in such a hurry you can, at the most, play with things; you can at the most play with objects. Subjectivity needs long patience, a waiting. It grows, but not in a hurry. It is not a seasonal flower. You cannot get it and within a month it is flowering. It takes time. It is the eternal tree of life. You cannot do it in a hurry.
That’s why, more and more, people become interested in things, because you can get them immediately, and people become less and less interested in persons. With their own person also they are not related, and with others’ persons also they are not related. In fact people use persons like things and people love things like persons.
I know a man who says he loves his car. He cannot be so certain about his wife - he is not. He cannot so certainly say, “I love my wife,” but he loves his car. He uses his wife and loves his car. The whole thing has gone upside down.
Use things: love persons. But to love another person, first you will have to become a person, That takes time: that takes long preparation.
That’s why people become afraid when they read Patanjali it seems to be a long process. It is.
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