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Chapter 9: The Fallacy of Knowledge

Teaching a doctrine is rather meaningless. I am not a philosopher; my mind is anti-philosophical because philosophy has led nowhere and cannot lead. The mind which thinks and the mind which questions cannot know.

There are so many doctrines, and infinite possibilities for many more. But a doctrine is a fiction - a human fiction; not a discovery but an invention. The human mind is capable of creating so many systems and doctrines, but to know the truth through theories is an impossibility. And a mind stuffed with knowledge is a mind which is bound to remain ignorant.

Knowledge comes the moment knowledge ceases. The known must cease for the unknown to be. And the truth and the real is unknown. There are two possibilities: either you think about it, or we go into it existentially. Thinking is something around and around, about and about, but never the reality. One can go on thinking for ages. The more you think, the farther away you go. That which is, is here and now. And to think about it is to lose contact with it.

So what I am teaching - I am teaching an anti-doctrinaire, anti-philosophical, anti-speculative experience. How to be, just to be. How to be in the moment that is here and now. Open, vulnerable, one with it. That’s what I call meditation.

Osho,
Do you think it is possible to link knowledge, speculative knowledge, theory, or doctrine with experience? Is it possible to try both and not only one?

It is not possible to try both because they are diametrically opposite dimensions. You cannot try both.

Is it not possible to subordinate knowledge? To consider it as subordinate to experience, but not to exclude it as a possibility of the human mind?

It is a possibility, it is a possibility of the human mind, but a possibility which leads into fiction.

If it is dominating.

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