Chapter 16: The Western Mind and the Eastern Mind
You can observe thousands and thousands of lovers, but still you cannot penetrate into the very phenomenon of love unless you are in love. So the Hindu mind says experience is the only way, not thinking. Thinking is verbal. You can do thinking in your armchair; you need not go into any phenomenon. When I say thinking is verbal, I mean you can play with words. And words have a tendency to create more words. And words can be arranged in a pattern, in a system. Just as you can make a house of playing cards, you can make a system of words. But you cannot live in it; it is only a house of cards. You cannot experience it; it is only a system of words, mere words.
Jean-Paul Sartre has written his autobiography, and he has given a name to his autobiography which is very significant, very meaningful. He calls his autobiography Words. It is not only his autobiography - this is the whole autobiography of Western thinking - words.
The Hindu mind believes in silence, not in words. Even if the Hindu mind speaks, it speaks about silence. Even if words are to be used, they are used against words.
When you are creating a system out of words, logic is the only method. Your words must not be contradictory, otherwise the whole house will fall down. Your system must be consistent. If you are consistent with your words, then in your system you are logical. So many systems can be created, and each philosopher creates his own system, his own world of words. And you cannot refute him if you take his presuppositions, because it is only a play, a game of words. If you accept his premises, then the whole system will look right. Within the system, there is an inner consistency.
But life has no systems; that’s why the Hindu emphasis is not on word systems but on actual realization, actual experiencing. So Buddha reaches the same experience as Mahavira reaches, as Krishna reaches, as Patanjali or Kapil or Shankara. They reach to the same experience. Their words differ, but their experience is the same.
So they say, “Whatsoever we may say, howsoever it may contradict others, but whenever someone reaches to the experience, it is the same. The expression is different, not the experience. But if you have no experience, then there is no meeting point at all. My experience and your experience will meet somewhere, because experience is a reality and reality is one.
So if I experience love and you experience love, there is going to be a meeting. Somewhere we are going to be one. But if I talk about love without knowing love, then I create my own individual system of words. If you talk about love without knowing love, you create your own system of words. These two systems are not going to meet anywhere, because words are dreams, not realities.
Remember this: the reality is one, dreams are not one. Each one has his own individual dreaming faculty. Dreams are absolutely private. You dream your dreams, I dream my dreams. Can you conceive of it - me dreaming your dreams or you dreaming my dreams? Can you conceive us both meeting together in a dream, or two persons dreaming one dream? That is impossible. We can have one experience but we cannot have one dream, and words are dreams.