Chapter 6: Seeing without Thinking
He who comes to realize that he is dead, that his existence and his personality have been dead all along, will at the same time begin to see that which has no death. But in order for you to see this, the restlessness of your mind must disappear. Seeing, darshan, is only possible when the mind is quiet, empty, free of thought. At present there are only thoughts, there is no seeing whatsoever. That my words appealed to you, is a thought in itself. This thought will not help at all.
Thinking cannot uncover truth because all thoughts are borrowed. All thoughts belong to others. They just hide the truth all the more. Have you ever realized that all your thoughts are borrowed from others, that they really belong to others? You have amassed counterfeit capital. Do not depend on it because it is not capital at all. Castles built on this kind of capital are like the ones you build in dreams. They are not even as real as houses of cards.
I don’t want to give you any thought. I don’t want to fill you with borrowed things. I don’t want you to think but to awaken. I want you to let go of thinking and see. Then watch what happens. Move from thinking to seeing. This alone will take you to the truth and to the real capital, to the real wealth that is your own. How this process of seeing-without-thinking removes the curtain from the mystery cannot be known without actually doing it yourself.
Remember, there is no valuable experience in the world others can give you. Whatsoever can be given by others is neither valuable nor an experience. Only material things can be given, taken, but there is no way to give or take live experiences. Neither Mahavira, nor Buddha, nor Krishna, nor Christ - no one can give you anything. Those who cling to their thoughts and consider them as the truth are the ones who remain deprived of knowing the truth themselves. It is one’s own experience of truth that liberates, not that of others.
Memorizing the Gita, the Koran or the Bible will serve no purpose. It will not bring you knowing. On the contrary, it will cover up your own capacity for self-knowing and you will never be able to stand face to face with truth. The words you have memorized from the scriptures will always come between you and the truth. They will create fog and dust and it will be impossible for you to see that which is. It is a must that you remove everything that stands between you and the truth.
To know the truth no help is required from thought. Strip everything away and then you will open up, then there will be an opening through which truth will enter you and transform you. Give up thinking and see. Open the door and see. This is all I say.
Is the study of the scriptures not necessary then?