Chapter 8: I Treat Jesus as a Poet
In India we have tried one foolishness. Now the West is committing another. In India we have tried to live only by trust; hence the poverty, the starvation, the misery. The whole country is like a wound, continuously suffering. And the suffering has been so long that people have even become accustomed to it, they have accepted it so deeply that they have become insensitive to it. They are almost dead: they drift, they are not alive. This happened because of the tyranny of trust. How can a bird fly with one wing?
Now, in the West, another tyranny is happening, the tyranny of doubt. It works perfectly well as far as objective inquiry is concerned: you think about matter, doubt is needed; it is a scientific method. But when you start moving inwards it simply doesn’t work, it doesn’t fit. There, trust is needed.
The perfect man will be a man who has a deep harmony of doubt and trust. A perfect man will look inconsistent to you. But he is not inconsistent, he is simply harmonious. Contradictions dissolve in him. He uses everything.
If you have doubt, use it for scientific inquiry. And watch great scientists: by the time they reach their age of understanding and wisdom, by the time their youthful enthusiasm is gone and wisdom settles, they are always very deep in trust. Eddington, Einstein, Lodge - I’m not talking about mediocre scientists, they are not scientists at all - but all the great pinnacles in science are very religious. They trust because they have known doubt, they have used doubt, and they have come to understand that doubt has its limitations.
It is just like: my eyes can see and my ears can hear; if I try to hear from my eyes then it is going to be impossible, and if I try to see by my ears then it is going to be impossible. The eye has its own limitation, the ear has its own limitation. They are experts, and every expert has a limitation. The eye can see - and it is good that it can only see because if the eye could do many things then it would not be so efficient in seeing. In the eye the whole energy becomes sight, and the whole energy in the ear becomes hearing.
Doubt is an expert. It works if you are inquiring about the world. But when you start inquiring about God through the same method, then you are using a wrong method. The method was perfectly suited to the world, to the world of law, but it is not suited to the world of love. For the world of love, trust is needed.
Nothing is wrong in doubt, don’t be worried about it. Use it well, use it in the right direction. If you use it in the right direction and use it well, you will come to an understanding: you will come to a doubt of doubt itself. You will see - you will become doubtful of doubt. You will see where it works and where it doesn’t work. When one comes to that understanding, one opens the door of trust.
If you are trained for analysis - good. But don’t be caught in it, don’t allow it to become a bondage. Remain free to synthesize also, because if you go on analyzing and analyzing and you never synthesize, you will come to the minutest part but you will never come to the whole.