Chapter 8: God: The Creative Process, Not the Creator
Nothing is bad. We say that life is good, and death is bad - but how can that be? Death is the pinnacle of life, death is the peak of life, death is part and parcel of life. There can be no living process without the dying process. Death and life are not two things, but two poles of a single, unitary process.
We are afraid to die so we say that death is evil: “If God has created the world then there must be life and no death.” But if that had been possible, it would be the most boring existence. If there were only life and more life, and no death, then we would pray to God to give us death, because there is a moment to live and a moment to die, there is a moment to come up and there is a moment to go down. There is no peak without the abyss.
But we only want the peak and not the abyss. That is not possible. These are two aspects of one reality: the evil and the good. So do not impose your own feelings, your own evaluations, on the creative process. Rather, if you want to know the creator, the creative process, go beyond yourself, beyond these dualisms. Do not think in terms of duality. When you go deeply into something, when you go to its very depths, the evil changes into good and the good changes into evil. These are just two waves of the same reality, two different patterns of the same reality.
For example, if I become diseased, to me it is an evil. But to the germs that are the cause of my disease, it is life - and good. Who is to determine whether it is good or bad - me or the germs? If I become healthy the germs are bound to die, so for those germs my health is an evil and for me the life of the germs is an evil.
But to God, existence, the germs and I are the same. So there is no evil for him, no good for him. He lives in us, he dies in us. He is the darkness and he is the light. That is why he is the transcendental, the beyond. That is why he both is and is not.
Our minds always think in terms of dichotomies. They cannot think without dividing. Whenever we go to think about something, we dissect it, we divide it into two. That is the methodology of the mind. Mind cannot think in terms of unity, in terms of synthesis. Mind thinks in terms of analysis, so everything passing through the prism of the mind becomes divided.
Just like the light is one but through a prism it is divided into seven rays, so too the prism of the mind divides everything. That is why, if you want to know and realize that which is undivided, you have to go beyond mind.
Do not use your mind as the instrument. It cannot lead you beyond duality. If you use the mind, there will be a creator and that which has been created. This division is false and because of this false division you create false problems and false theologies. You create problems and then you think about the solutions. Because the problems are false, the solutions are bound to be false.