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Chapter 9: Into the Fantastic

I was reading an anecdote:

Two American soldiers were squatting in a dugout somewhere in the Far East waiting for the attack. One of them drew out paper and pencil and started to write a letter, but he broke the point of the pencil. Turning to the other soldier he said, “Hey, Mac, can you lend me your ball pen?” The man handed him a ball pen. “Hey, Mac,” said the letter writer, “do you happen to have an envelope?” The other man found a crumpled envelope in his pocket and handed it over. The writer scribbled on, then he looked up and said, “Got a stamp?” He was given a stamp. He folded the letter, put it into the envelope, stuck the stamp on the top, then he said, “Hey, Mac, what is your girl’s address?”

Everything borrowed - even the girl’s address.

The address that you have got of God is borrowed. That God may have been a girlfriend to Jesus, but he is not to you. That God may have been a beloved to Krishna, but he is not to you. Everything borrowed - the Bible, the Koran, the Gita. How can one go on deceiving oneself by borrowed experience? One day or other the whole thing will look absurd, meaningless. One day or other the borrowed is going to become a burden. It will cripple you and crush you. This has happened.

Patanjali does not believe in borrowed experience. He does not believe in belief. That’s his scientific attitude. He believes in experience, he believes in experiment. Patanjali can be understood by Galileo, by Einstein. Galileo and Einstein can be understood by Patanjali. They are fellow travelers.

The future belongs to Patanjali. It does not belong to the Bible, it does not belong to the Koran, it does not belong to the Gita: it belongs to the Yoga Sutras - because he talks in the same language. Not only that he talks, he belongs to the same dimension, the same understanding of life and the same logical approach.

There is a third standpoint also: that is suprarational. That is the standpoint of Zen. Far away. Very far away in the future. That far away looks like just imagination. There may come a time when Zen may become the world religion, but it is very, very far away, because Zen is suprarational. Let me explain it to you.

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