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Chapter 1: Pursuit of Knowledge

If you understand the distinction well, then remember never to move on the path of knowledge. Move on the path of knowing, being, because only then you gain something: not that you have more information, but that you become more. And that is the crucial point to be understood - you have to become more.

Your poverty is not of information, your poverty is of being. You are poor, and you go on hiding that poverty through accumulating things. And knowledge is also a thing. Words, theories, philosophies, systems, theologies - all things. Subtle, abstract - but still things. You are not growing, you remain the same, and you create a delusion around you that you have come to know.

These sutras of Lao Tzu have to be understood in this light.

Without stepping outside one’s doors
one can know what is happening in the world.

Because deep down you are the world. World is nothing but you writ large. In fact there is no need to go anywhere to know anything; if you know yourself you have known the whole humanity. If you know your anger you have known all anger. If you know your violence you have known all wars. There is no need to go to Vietnam, no need to go to Korea, no need to go to Palestine, or anywhere. If you know your violence you have known all violence. If you know your love you have known all - the whole history of love; the never written, the never known, even that you have known because you are the seed.

It is just like taking a drop of water from the ocean; you analyze that drop; you have known the whole ocean if you know that drop. Because in the small drop the whole ocean is condensed, it is a miniature ocean. If you analyze the drop and come to know that it consists of H20, you know that the whole ocean consists of H20. Now there is no need to go on and on and on; one drop is enough. If you know the taste of one drop, that it is salty, you know that the whole ocean is salty - and that drop is you.

Without stepping outside one’s doors
one can know what is happening in the world.

Because you are the world, an atomic world, and everything is happening in you. It may be happening on a vaster scale in the world, the quantity may be more, but the quality is the same.

Understanding oneself one understands all.

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