Chapter 9: In Search of the Miraculous
The poet will listen to the music. He will not be worried about the musician and the musical instrument. He will be drunk with the music. But the mystic will dance with abandon, because in music he will hear the ultimate music. The poet will forget about the musician and the instrument, and the mystic will even forget about the music, because it reminds him of something deep in his own being. It reminds him of what Kabir calls the music of soham - I am that. He will forget all that is happening outside; it has triggered a process in his being. He is transported into another world.
If you really have any interest in religion then you will have to meditate - analysis won’t help, scientific investigation won’t help. And remember, I am not against scientific investigation - if you are interested in it, do it. But know perfectly well: it is not going to bridge science and religion - they cannot be bridged. There is no need to bridge them either. They have different functions to fulfill; there is no need to create a synthesis between them, because the synthesis will impoverish both, it will not enrich.
Existence remains alive through the tension of the polar opposites: the negative and the positive, man and woman, birth and death, darkness and light, love and hate - religion and science. These are the polar opposites. Life needs them. Without them life will become a stagnant pool, it will not be a dialectical process anymore. Life is dialectics. It moves through the thesis and the antithesis, and again the synthesis becomes a thesis and creates antithesis. That’s how life goes on progressing.
Religion and science don’t need to be synthesized - they need to be purified. Science should be pure science, utterly scientific; and religion should be pure religion, utterly mystic.
I would like you to be reminded of a great statement of a Christian mystic, Tertullian. Somebody asked him, “Why do you believe in God?” And he said, “Credo quia absurdum - I believe in God because he is absurd.”
Now, what kind of answer is this? But this is the answer of a mystic, not the answer of a scientist. The scientist will try to prove, will answer why he believes; he will argue. But Tertullian simply says, “Because God is absurd, hence I believe. I believe in the mysterious, in the miraculous, in the unanswerable, in the unknowable.”
If you have any interest in religion.and you can be both. I am not saying that a man who is a scientist cannot be religious - a man who is a scientist can be religious - but then he will have to create a dialectics in his own being. He will have to be very conscious. When he is working in the lab he has to forget all about religion; religion should not interfere in his scientific work. And when he leaves the lab and sits in his meditation chamber he should forget all about analysis, experimentation, observation; there he should be a lover, in prayer, in meditation.
A scientist can be both. And my approach is this, that I would like many many people to be both scientists and religious. And if some person can be all three, that is my vision of a real, true sannyasin: a scientist, a poet, a mystic. In him humanity will have blossomed to its ultimate possibilities. The potential in him will have been transformed into actuality. He will have bloomed in all possible ways. He will be a multidimensional man.