Chapter 11: All Is Not Lost, but Time Is Running Short
And the masses are vast, the blind people are millions. The people with eyes are rare, few and far between. Only once in a while comes a Zarathustra, a Lao Tzu, a Jesus, a Moses, a Buddha. They are doing something unimaginable. They are trying to explain light to the millions who are blind. The blind people can hear the word light, but they cannot understand it - or they will understand it in their own way, whatsoever is their idea, opinion about light. And they are not only blind; they have thousands of opinions. They have much knowledge - without knowing anything at all. They are full of scriptures. They hide their blindness behind scriptures. They can quote scriptures, they can argue. They are clever and skillful in argument.
In fact, truth cannot be argued about. Either you know it or you don’t. Truth cannot be proved either; either you know it or you don’t. Knowing is all that is possible, or not-knowing; there is no way to prove it.
Once it happened:
A blind man was brought to Gautama the Buddha. He was a logician, a philosopher, very argumentative. He had been arguing with the village that there is no light, “and you are all blind, just as I am blind. I know it and you don’t know it, that’s the only difference.” He was saying this to people who had eyes! And he was so clever in argument that the villagers were at a loss what to do with this man.
He was asking them, “Bring your light. Let me taste it or smell it or touch it. Only then will I believe.”
Now, light cannot be touched, cannot be tasted, cannot be smelled. You cannot hear it. And these were the four senses available to the blind man. Then he would laugh in victory. He would say, “Look! There is no light. Otherwise, give me the proofs!”
When Buddha came to the village, the villagers thought it would be good: “Let us take this man to Buddha.”
They brought the man to Buddha. Buddha listened to the whole story and then he said, “He does not need me. I also work with blind people, but of a different kind - spiritually blind people. I heal them, I cure them. But this is physical blindness. You take him to a physician. You take him to my personal physician.”
He had a personal physician a king had given him. The greatest physician of those days, Jivaka, was given to Buddha as a gift to take care of his body. “You take him to Jivaka, and I am certain that he will be able to do something. He needs a physician; he does not need great philosophy about light. Talking about light is just stupid. And if you argue with him, he is going to win. He can prove that there is no light.”
Remember, to prove that there is no God is very easy; to prove that there is God is impossible. To prove the negative is easy because all logic tends to be negative. To prove the positive is not possible; logic has no opening towards the positive. Hence the atheist is more argumentative and the theist feels almost defeated. He cannot prove the existence of God or the soul.
Buddha said, “You take him to Jivaka.” Jivaka cured his eyes. Within six months the man was able to see. He came dancing with many flowers and fruits as a present to Buddha. He fell at his feet and he said, “If you had not been there I would have argued my whole life against light - and light is! Now I know!”