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Chapter 8: God: The Creative Process, Not the Creator

All theologies are based on dualistic concepts. That is false. Religion is not theology. A theology can be Christian, a theology can be Hindu, a theology can be Buddhist, but religion itself is the realization of the whole. It is not divided into Christianity, Hinduism or Buddhism.

Theology is based on a false assumption: an assumption of duality. Then, problems arise. First you divide existence, which creates problems. Then you go on solving the problems endlessly. But there is no solution. No theology has come to any conclusions; every theology has moved deeper and deeper into falsehoods.

That is why the new generation has come to a point of discarding all theologies: Christianity, Hinduism, Islam. The new generation have come to a breaking point where they want to discard all the falsehoods that theology has created. You have created the problems and you have created the solutions, but you have not asked the basic thing: whether the problem is authentic, or whether it has been created because of your mind; whether the problem is your creation or whether it is really a part of the reality.

In reality, there are no problems so there is no need for any answer. When you think, there are problems. When you do not think but you realize, there are no problems.

So religion is a process to go beyond thinking, to achieve a point in your mind where there is no thinking at all. You are, but without thoughts. You are in a state of mind that can be said to be a state of no-mind, a state of no mental processes.

A mind that is not thinking is a mind that is in meditation. That is the meaning of meditation. To meditate means to go beyond your thinking process. The moment you transcend the thinking process, you come to a realization; you come to feel that which is. Philosophy cannot exist without thinking, and religion cannot exist with thinking. Philosophy thinks, religion knows.

Thinking means a mind that does not know. A blind man can think about the light and go on thinking about it, but he cannot come to any conclusion because he cannot really think about it. You can only think about something you have known - but when you have known it, there is nothing to think about. That is the dilemma, the predicament; that is the basic puzzle. A person who knows never thinks, because there is no need to think. What you know, you know. There is no need to think about it. Only a person who does not know, who is ignorant, thinks. But how can you think about what you don’t know?

A blind man goes on thinking about light, but he cannot really think about it. He cannot imagine it, he cannot dream about it, because he has not known it. Light is foreign to him. A blind man cannot even think about the darkness, because even to know darkness eyes are needed. Without eyes, you cannot know the darkness. A blind man knows neither the darkness nor the light.

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