Chapter 9: A Divine Well
All the facts that we know are just pages - not even pages, broken sentences - not even broken sentences, broken words. The whole book of existence is so vast, so eternal, we cannot know what it means, because meaning always means relevance concerning the whole, in relationship with the whole.
Poetry is meaningful because you can relate words one with another; they are not unrelated. It is meaningful, because between the words you can see the flow of a certain meaning. If you cannot see the meaning, if you just cut a few words from a dictionary and paste them with closed eyes on paper, and then read it, there will be no meaning - separate words, not connected.
Then they sought to take him: but no man laid hands on him, because his hour was not yet come.
And many of the people believed on him, and said, “When Christ cometh, will he do more miracles than these which this man hath done?”
Ordinary people believe in miracles - they can’t see the phenomenon, the tremendous phenomenon that has happened. They think only of miracles. This man touched somebody and the man was healed; or this man touched somebody else, and the man was blind, and his eyes were restored. These are great miracles for the ordinary mind. Magicians are more impressive. They can’t see the only miracle that has happened in this man; the very being of this man is a miracle. All other miracles are just by-products. Not that he is doing them - Jesus never said, “I have done miracles.”
Once a woman touched him. She was afraid-to come in front of him. She had leprosy and she was ugly. She was afraid to come in front of him and ask to be healed, but she had faith. She just touched him. When Jesus was passing through the crowd, just from behind she touched his body. Suddenly, Jesus turned. The woman was healed, and said, in deep gratefulness, “You healed me, Lord.”
Jesus said, “Don’t say that. Your faith has healed you.”
Your faith - not Jesus. Many times he says, “It is God who has healed you, not me.” He is just a vehicle. But people are more interested in miracles. Scholars are interested in scriptures; ordinary people are more interested in miracles. Nobody seems to be interested in the facts of this man who is standing before them, this tremendously innocent energy, this flowering of consciousness. Nobody is interested in looking directly at Jesus.
The Pharisees heard that the people murmured such things concerning him; and the Pharisees and the chief priests sent officers to take him.