Chapter 24: Blessed Are Those Who Doubt
Can you say something about doubt and negativity? What is the difference?
The difference between doubt and negativity is great.
They look alike; on the surface they have the same color, but deep down the difference is unbridgeable.
First, doubt is not negativity; neither is it positivity.
Doubt is an open mind, without any prejudice.
It is an inquiring approach.
Doubt is not saying anything, it is simply raising a question. That question is to know, to find what the truth is.
Doubt is a pilgrimage.
It is one of the most sacred values of human beings.
Doubt does not mean no. It simply says, “I do not know, and I am prepared to know. I am ready to go as far as possible, but unless I myself come to know, how can I say yes?”
Negativity has already said no. It is not inquiry. It has come to a conclusion, the same way somebody has come to the conclusion to say yes. One man says God is; his statement is positive. The other says there is no God; his statement is negative. But both are sailing in the same boat, they are not different people. They have not inquired. Neither the theist has doubted nor the atheist has doubted; both have accepted borrowed knowledge.
Doubt says that, “I myself would like to know, and unless I know for myself, it is not knowledge. Only my experience is going to be decisive.” He is not arrogant, he is not denying anything. He is just open for inquiry.
Doubt is not disbelief - that’s how religions have been confusing people. They confuse doubt with disbelief. In fact disbelief and belief are exactly the same. Both accept knowledge from others, from books, from masters. And remember, anything that you do not know, yet you have started believing or disbelieving in it.you have missed a great opportunity for inquiry. You have closed the doors already, by yes or by no. You have not traveled.
It is easier to say yes, it is easier to say no, because there is nothing you have to do.
But to doubt needs guts.
To doubt needs courage to remain in the state of not-knowing, and go on questioning everything till the moment you yourself arrive at the reality. When you come to the reality there is no negativity, no positivity. You simply know - it is your experience. I will not say it is positivity because positivity always has the other pole of negativity. An experience goes beyond both; the whole world of polarities is transcended. That is true wisdom.
Doubt is the way to truth.