Chapter 51: Coming Back to Existence
In rain during a black night
enter that blackness as the form of forms.
When a moonless rainy night is not present,
close eyes and find blackness before you.
Opening eyes, see blackness.
So faults disappear forever.
Wherever your attention alights,
at this very point,
Once a doctor, a very well known historian and an eminent scholar, was staying in a village. The postmaster, the old postmaster of the village, became curious about this old man, this doctor. He was curious to know what kind of doctor he is, so one day he asked, “What kind of doctor are you sir?”
The man said, “Doctor of Philosophy.”
The old man had never heard about it. He was puzzled and he said, “I have never heard of any case of this disease here.”
Don’t laugh about it, because that old postmaster was right in a way - philosophy is a kind of disease. Of course, doctors of philosophy are not doctors; rather, they are the perfect victims of a disease.
Philosophy is not a specific disease, so you cannot think of it in terms of cases. It is born with the human being. It is as old as humanity or the human mind. And every human being is a victim, more or less - because thinking leads nowhere; or, it leads you in circles, vicious circles. You move much, and if you are expert you can move fast, but you reach nowhere.
This has to be understood very deeply, because if you cannot understand and feel this, you cannot take a jump into meditation. Meditation means the very anti approach - anti to philosophy. Philosophy means thinking and meditation means a state of non-thinking. They are polar opposites.
This is just human - to think about questions and to try to find out answers. But philosophy comes to no answers. Science comes to certain answers, religion comes to certain answers, but philosophy comes to no answers. And all the answers that philosophy appears to come to are just facades: if you dig deep in them you will find more questions and nothing else. So every answer leads to more questions - and this goes on and on.
Science comes to certain answers, because science depends not on thinking but on experimentation. Thinking is used as a help only, but the base is experimentation. That’s why science has given some answers. Philosophers, known and unknown, have been working and working for centuries, but not a single answer, not a single conclusion has been achieved. It cannot be achieved. The very nature of thinking is such that if you use thinking as a help towards experimentation, something can be achieved; that’s why science comes to certain answers.