Chapter 14: The Last Word in Meditation
In existence, a changes into b because the difference between a and b is only of degrees. In existence life becomes death. We see it happening every day -life changing into death, its very opposite. And those who have died consciously know one thing more that is not seen by us: they see death changing into new life.
So it is not only life changing into death, death is continuously changing into life. They are not two different things, just two poles of one energy.
Logically, the experience mystics talk of as the experience of the one without the second -of the absolute, the ultimate -where only pure consciousness exists but it is not conscious of anything.there is no object but only consciousness. Logically, all mystics are wrong, because consciousness can exist only if there is an object because consciousness is the subject, subjectivity. Without an object there cannot be any subject. Knowledge is possible only if there is something known. If there is nothing to be known, then what are you going to know?
If there is only consciousness, as the mystics say, and there is nothing else, then logic will not agree -and logically it is correct to say that in that state consciousness cannot exist, it needs something to be conscious of. If there is nothing to be conscious of, then you will become unconscious, you cannot remain conscious.
But logic is not existence. And what the mystics are saying is existentially true. And who cares about logic? Logic is something man-made.
For example, Aristotle is the father of logic in the West, and for two thousand years he has remained unchallenged. But recently, in these past fifty years he has been insistently challenged that he is wrong, and a new logic, non-Aristotelian, has arisen. That is happening in the West right now, but in the East it had happened even before Aristotle was born.
Aristotle knows only about two: light and dark, life and death, subject and object.
One morning a man asked Gautam Buddha, “Is there God?”
Buddha looked at him and said, “No. Absolutely no.”
That very same day, in the afternoon, another man asked, “Does God exist?”
Buddha looked at the man and said, “Yes. Absolutely yes.”
And the same day, by the evening as the sun was setting, a third man came, sat down, touched Buddha’s feet and asked, “Say something to me about God.”
Buddha remained silent and closed his eyes.
The man also closed his eyes. He thought, “Perhaps this is the answer.” He closed his eyes, and he sat with Gautam Buddha with closed eyes. And after half an hour or so he opened his eyes, touched Buddha’s feet and said, “I am grateful for the answer.”
Ananda, who was Gautam Buddha’s intimate disciple and constant companion -you can understand he was going crazy.To one man Buddha says, “No.” To another he says, “Yes.” To the third he does not say a word. And the third says, “I am grateful, I have received the answer.”