Chapter 10: Nature Loves to Hide
It would not be better
if things happened to men
just as they wish.
Unless you expect the unexpected
you will never find the truth,
for it is hard to discover
and hard to attain.
Nature loves to hide.
The Lord whose oracle is at Delphi
neither speaks nor conceals -
but gives signs.
Existence has no language.and if you depend on language there can be no communication with existence. Existence is a mystery, you cannot interpret it. If you interpret, you miss. Existence can be lived, but not thought about. It is more like poetry, less like philosophy. It is a sign, it is a door. It shows, but it says nothing.
That’s why, through mind, there is no approach to existence. If you think about it, you can go on thinking and thinking, about and about, but you will never reach it - because it is precisely thinking that is the barrier.
Look! See! Feel! Touch! - you will be nearer. But don’t think. The moment thinking enters, you are thrown off the track - then you live in a private world. Thinking is a private world; it belongs to you. Then you are enclosed, encapsulated, imprisoned within yourself. Nonthinking, you are no more, you are enclosed no more. Nonthinking, you open, you become porous; existence flows in you and you flow into existence.
But the tendency of the mind is to interpret. Before you see something you have already interpreted it. You hear me: even before I have said anything you are already thinking about it. That’s how listening becomes impossible. You will have to learn to listen. Listening means you are open, vulnerable, receptive, but you are not in any way thinking. Thinking is a positive action. Listening is passivity: you become like a valley and receive; you become like a womb and you receive. If you can listen, then nature speaks - but it is not a language. Nature doesn’t use words. Then what does nature use? Says Heraclitus, it uses signs. A flower is there: what is the sign in it? It is not saying anything, but can you say it is not saying anything really? It is saying much, but it is not using any words - a wordless message.
To hear the wordless you will have to become wordless, because only the same can hear the same, only the same can relate to the same.