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Chapter 24: Even a Dead Man Knows How to Swim

Every ray of light consists of the seven colors of the rainbow. Your robes are red for a strange reason. They are not really red. Your robes are absorbing six colors of the ray of light, all except red. The red is thrown back. The other six are absorbed. Because the red is thrown back, it falls on other people’s eyes, so they see your clothes as red.

It is a very contradictory situation - your clothes are not red, that’s why they appear red. If they appear blue, then they are not blue. If they appear green, then they are not green, because whatsoever they appear means that color is not being absorbed. The remaining six colors are absorbed, only one color is left out. And the color that is left out reaches to people’s eyes, and naturally that color they project on your clothes. It is coming from your clothes. But when I close my eyes, your clothes immediately are no longer red because my eyes will not be projecting the color.

So even science can only say that it deals just with facts, not with truth. This is a fact, that your clothes are red, but this is not a truth. Know the difference between the fact and the truth. Fact means: as things appear to your senses. And truth means: as things are, without any reference to your senses.

Theology has nothing of cognition, so it is pure fiction. Philosophy is also fiction, but halfway, because it can turn toward theology, then it becomes pure fiction; or it can turn toward science, then it becomes nonfiction, a factuality.

But none of these three has any way to know about the person who is knowing through all these three doors, who is behind these three doors: cognition, thinking, feeling. And because he is not available through these three doors, psychology simply denies his existence. It is the most dangerous error that Western psychology has committed.

The second possible way of looking at the functions of the mind in reference to religion is Western psychoanalysis. Western psychoanalysis again divides mind into three parts: the conscious mind, the unconscious mind, and the collective unconscious mind. That is the Jungian division, and I am using it because it is a step further than the Freudian. The Freudian division is: conscious mind, subconscious mind, and the unconscious mind. In fact the subconscious mind is only the boundary line between the conscious and the unconscious - it is not very important, hence I am not using the Freudian division.

Jung’s division is far more important. He is saying you have a conscious mind, through which you think, see. All those three divisions of psychology happen through the conscious mind. Just underneath, nine times bigger than the conscious, is the unconscious mind, which has immense possibilities, which comes to life in your dreams, in your fantasies. It has also possibilities like telepathy, clairvoyance, thought transfer. It can read other people’s minds, it can project its thoughts into other people’s minds, and they will think that these are their thoughts. It has a certain capacity which is known as hypnos.

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