Chapter 2: Beyond the Capacity of the Mind
Mind is not capable of that. But one thing more has to be remembered: that whatever beautiful experiences may be happening to you, your inner being knows perfectly well that there is yet so much more. Mind does not know that. In a way, mind is very poor. All its experiences are very mundane - about money, about power, about prestige, about borrowed knowledge, about a thousand and one things but they are all trivia.
Mind has no understanding, or even a suspicion that there exists a dreamland within you, a golden place. Mind cannot conceive what blissfulness is, what it is to be totally conscious, what constitutes ecstasy. Mind is not meant for that.
Make the division clear: mind is for the objective world - there it has tremendous capacity. The whole of science is a creation of the mind.
Meditation is for the inner world, the subjective. That’s why in the East science could not develop, and in the West, Gautam Buddhas could not be born. The West remained confined to the mind, reached to the deeper secrets of matter but could not manage even a single glimpse of the inner world. Rather than accepting its inability, the mind simply says there is no inner world. In that way, it can hide its impotence.
For centuries, the East worked only on meditation. Meditation cannot create technology. Meditation can give you tremendous experiences of your immortality, of the universal godliness, of an oceanic ecstasy. But meditation is incapable - in the same way as mind is incapable - of knowing anything about matter. That’s why, in the East, the mystics have denied the very existence of the outside world, saying it is maya, it is illusion.
It is the same logic. Mind denies the inner world - that there is no inner world, no spiritual world, no soul, nothing divine, all is solid matter. Meditation, on the other hand, in a similar way denies that there is anything real outside - the real is inside.
That’s why the East has remained poor - at least outwardly poor; its richness is of the inner. The West has become rich outwardly; its poverty has remained of the inner.
The man I conceive of in the future should not deny either; there is no need - there is no conflict, there is no contradiction. Mind is for matter, and matter is a reality not an illusion. Meditation is for consciousness, and consciousness is a higher reality - not a by-product of matter, or just a hypothesis; it is an experiential fact.
Without any exception, whoever has gone in has found consciousness.
I want the new man to rebel against the West and to rebel against the East, because they have divided man and they have divided man’s conception.
They both have created a certain kind of poverty, when man can be rich on both the sides. There is no conflict at all. You can meditate in a golden palace; the gold in the palace is not going to disturb your meditation.