Chapter 4: Asking the Experts
A man who was believed to have died and was being prepared for burial, revived. He sat up, but was so shocked at the scene surrounding him that he fainted. He was put in the coffin and the funeral party set off for the cemetery.
Just as they arrived at the grave he regained consciousness, lifted the lid, and cried out for help.
“It is not possible that he has revived,“ said the mourners, “because he has been certified dead by competent experts.“
“But I am alive!“ shouted the man. He appealed to a well known and impartial scientist and jurisprudent who was present.
“Just a moment,“ said the expert. He then turned to the mourners, counting them. “Now we have heard what the alleged deceased has had to say. You fifty witnesses tell me what you regard as the truth.“
“He is dead,“ said the witnesses. “Bury him,“ said the expert.
And so he was buried.
Is existence a problem? If it is a problem, then philosophers can help, then experts are useful. But philosophers have failed utterly. For centuries and centuries they have been thinking and thinking. Nothing comes out of their grinding, no conclusion is reached, no truth arrived at. Something is basically wrong with their attitude.
It is not that their competence is lacking, their competence is perfect. They are absolutely efficient. But somehow they have mistaken existence for a problem. It is not. It is not there to be solved, it is there to be lived! If it was a problem it could have been solved long ago. It is not a problem at all. It has to be lived. Life is not separate from you, to be tackled as a problem, it is you. Who is going to solve whom?
Existence is not there outside you. It is inside you, it is your very inside. And existence is not apart; you are part of it, organically one with it. How can a wave solve the ocean? The ocean is not a problem for the wave, it is something to be lived. And the ocean is not separate; in fact the ocean is waving in the wave. The wave and the ocean are not two things: they are one unity.
You are existence, existence is you. Who is going to solve it and how?
Philosophy starts from a wrong beginning. It takes it for granted that there is a problem. It never doubts the very ground - that maybe there is no problem. Once you start wrongly you go on and on, and if the first step has been wrong, the last is already missed. From a wrong beginning nobody can come to a right ending; that’s why philosophy goes on theorizing, philosophizing. Its very attitude is such that it turns everything into a problem.
A great philosopher, a professor of philosophy, was ill, mentally ill. He was psychoanalyzed, treated. He started feeling a little better. And then the psychoanalyst said, “Now it will be good if you go to the hills. It is hot on the plains and the climatic change will help you. So go to the Himalayas. “
The philosopher went. There he felt very good. The hills were covered with ice, and it was so silent that he felt a sort of euphoria bursting in him. Immediately he telegraphed his psychoanalyst: “I am feeling happy. Why? “
The very attitude of philosophy is to make a problem out of any and every thing. If you are happy - why? That too becomes a problem. How to solve it? If you are sad, of course, why? If you are happy, again: why? It makes no difference to a philosopher what the case is - he creates problems out of it. A philosopher is a problem-creator. First he creates the problems, and then he starts solving them.