Chapter 6: Just to Be Able to Dance
The man who trusts, the man who is religious is thrilled even at the gate of death - he can give a lion’s roar. Even dying - because he knows nothing dies - at the very moment of death he can say, “This is it!” Because each moment, this is it. It may be life, it may be death; it may be success, it may be failure; it may be happiness, it may be unhappiness. Each moment.this is it.
This is what I call the real prayer. And then you will have direction. You need not worry about it, you need not fix it - you can move with trust.
The second question:
How is it that the inscription on the Greek temple to Delphi says, “Know thyself,” and not “Love thyself”?
The Greek mind has an obsession with knowledge. The Greek mind thinks in terms of knowledge, how to know. That’s why Greeks produced the greatest tradition of philosophers, great thinkers, logicians, great rational minds. But the passion is to know.
In the world, as I see it, there are only two types of minds: the Greek and the Hindu. The Greek mind has a passion to know, and the Hindu mind has a passion to be. The Hindu passion is not too concerned about knowing, but about being. Sat, being, is the very search - who am I? - not to know it in a logical way, but to drown in one’s own existence so one can taste it, so one can be it - because there is no other way to know, really. If you ask Hindus, they will say there is no other way to know than to be. How can you know love? The only way is to become a lover. Be a lover and you will know. And if you are trying to stand outside the experience and just be an observer, then you may know about love, but you will never know love.
The Greek mind has produced the whole scientific growth. Modern science is a by-product of the Greek mind. Modern science insists on being dispassionate, standing outside, watching, unprejudiced. Be objective, be impersonal. These are the basic requirements if you want to become a scientist: be impersonal, don’t allow your emotions to color anything; be dispassionate, almost not interested in any hypothesis in whatsoever way. Just watch the fact. Don’t get involved in it, remain outside. Don’t be a participant. This is the Greek passion: a dispassionate search for knowledge.