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Chapter 2: Ignorance Is Ultimate

The concept of a seer is totally different - that’s why we call him a seer. A buddha is a seer not a thinker; a Mahavira is a seer, not a thinker; Jesus is a seer, not a thinker. And these Zen people are seers. Why do we call them seers? They can see. When you can see there is no need to think. What is there to think about when you can see? When eyes are available, thinking is dropped. Thinking is like the stick of a blind man which he carries to grope his way along.

There is a parable. A blind man came to Jesus. Jesus touched the blind man’s eyes and he was cured. And he was carrying a big stick which he had carried all his life. He thanked Jesus and started going away to his home - very, very happy because he had obtained eyes and for the first time he had seen colors and the sun and the sunlight and the flowers and the people and the faces. He was thrilled. But he was still carrying his stick. Jesus called to him and said, “Sir, why don’t you throw away your stick now? Why are you carrying it?” And he replied, “Throw it away? How can I throw it away? I cannot live without it.”

It is an old habit. He does not know that because he has now got eyes there is no need to carry the stick.

This happens when you get in tune with the no-mind for the first time. You still continue to think. It is just an old blind man’s habit. But by and by you become aware that now there is no point in it - you are simply repeating, you are in an old rut.

Thinking becomes irrelevant - that is what I mean when I say that a wise man is simple but not a simpleton. All is available to him - how can he be a simpleton? His consciousness has expanded, his consciousness has become divine, he is as rich as God himself - so don’t think that he is a simpleton. His richness is far more than the richness of a thinker, infinitely more, a million times more. But still he is simple; his innocence remains uncontaminated, his source of consciousness remains unclouded.

You ask: “Is the simplification that comes with age wisdom or fatigue?” That which comes with age is fatigue. Wisdom has nothing to do with age. A young man can become wise and you can find as many old fools as you want - if you try to find one you will find one thousand. Old age has nothing to do with wisdom. Yes, an old man is more experienced, but that doesn’t make him wise. An old man is more knowledgeable, but that doesn’t make him wise. He remains as foolish as ever.

Neither foolishness nor wisdom is a question of quantity. It is not that the foolish knows less and the wise knows more, no. It is a total shift; it is a new gestalt altogether. The ignorant, the so-called foolish person, and the so called knowledgeable person exist in the same dimension - the difference is quantitative not qualitative. Maybe the foolish person knows only a few things and the knowledgeable man knows many things, but the difference is between few and many; the difference is not of quality it is only of quantity, the difference is only of degree.

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