Chapter 10: Childhood: An Education in Psychological Slavery
His very being, his presence, is enough to create in you a desire to explore - remember, not to follow, but to explore - to go with this man, perhaps a few steps, and to look on your own whether the sky is there or not.
All that the master does is to create in you a desire to walk with him, to experiment with him with an open mind.
Because he knows - there is no need to tell you to believe in it. The need to tell someone to believe in something arises only when the person himself knows that unless you believe, you are not going to find the truth - because the belief is going to create the truth out of your imagination. It is the belief that is going to project the hallucination. The master tries in every way so that you should not believe, because belief is a barrier in the search. Yes, you should be receptive, ready to explore, available for the new, the unknown, to happen. That I call the first part, the hypothesis.
I have said that my religion is scientific, and every science is based on hypotheses. It is not necessary that every hypothesis will prove right. But for the explorer it is not a sad affair if one hypothesis fails. In fact he rejoices that now there is one hypothesis less: “My search is becoming narrower, closer to the truth.”
Edison was working on electricity. It took three years for him. All his colleagues became frustrated. Many left; many thought that, “He is mad, and we will go mad with him.” Only a few remained. But they were also hesitant whether to remain with this man or not, whether he is sane or insane: “because every hypothesis that we have tried has failed.” But this man begins the search again next day with the same zeal, enthusiasm, as they had seen in him on the first day - no difference. It was this quality that was holding them back from going away.
It is said that nine hundred and ninety-nine times they failed. And the last colleague - because all others by that time had left; it was enough - the last colleague said, “Now what? Nine hundred and ninety-nine times we have failed. In three years it has been nothing but failure, failure, failure. But you are a strange man; you begin next day again with the same gusto.”
Edison said, “I am more enthusiastic than the first day we began. You are wrong, it is not the same gusto; it is much more, because I am aware that nine hundred and ninety-nine hypotheses are rejected. Now truth is very close. If there are one thousand doors, nine hundred and ninety-nine doors we have knocked on and found empty. Now only one is left.” He was just saying it as an example, and by coincidence it was so. That day they succeeded.