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Chapter 16: Of the Spirit of Gravity Part 2

Man’s mind is the greatest barrier in his way to self-discovery, because the mind goes on telling you lies about yourself: you are this, you are that. It tells beautiful lies: you are the immortal soul, you are God himself, you are eternal consciousness, you are truth, you are beauty, you are good. But all these are just empty words. You have picked them up, borrowed them from different sources. They are all just rubbish. But they can prevent you, because they can give you a false sense that you know yourself already. And if you know yourself already, there is no point in going for exploration.

This is the treacherous, the most ugly fact about your mind, that it lies very beautifully. It quotes scriptures, it convinces you that you need not go anywhere - just read The Holy Bible, or the holy Gita, or the holy Koran and you will find everything. There is no need to go in search; people have already found everything about the soul. It is true, people have already found out everything about the soul, just as people have found out everything about love, but does that mean that their findings about love will give you a taste of love? Their findings will remain only words to you. They cannot become an experience.

But he has discovered himself who says: This is my good and evil: he has silenced thereby the mole and dwarf who says: “Good for all, evil for all.”

Zarathustra says, “One of the signs of the person who has discovered himself is that he always says, ‘this is my good’ and ‘this is my evil.’” He does not talk in terms of the universe. He does not talk as if he has found some law that is applicable to all. Those who talk about laws which are applicable to all show definitively that they don’t know themselves. Each individual is unique; hence each individual has his own morality, his own good, his own evil.

He cannot say, “Good for all, evil for all.” He can only say, “This is good for me: I know myself, and I know what makes me happier, what makes me ecstatic. What makes me blissful is good for me, but I cannot make a general rule of it because what is nectar to me, may prove poison to you. You have your own uniqueness, you have your own individuality.”

This is great about man. And this is the problem, the reason why science cannot come to any conclusions about man. It can come to conclusions about water, it can come to conclusions about matter, it can come to conclusions about everything, but not about consciousness - because science can conclude only if it finds a general rule without any exception. But what is true to one consciousness may not be so to another.

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