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Chapter 6: Logos: Power, Necessity

If you look deep into your saint, you will find a sinner hiding somewhere in his unconscious. And the same is the case with the sinner: look deep, and you will find a saint hiding somewhere in his unconscious. The conscious of the saint is the unconscious of the sinner, and the conscious of the sinner is the unconscious of the saint.

The sage is neither this nor that. He is neti, neti - neither this nor that - he has not chosen. He has accepted his wholeness; he is total, as much day as night. He has dropped the constantly choosing ego. He has simply accepted whatsoever is the case. He lives the truth in its utter nakedness, whatsoever it is he has no business to interfere in the stream of life.

The sage is a tremendously beautiful phenomenon because of his wholeness. The sage is a perfect circle. He contains all; he rejects nothing. That was the idea of sophos; it was a beautiful word but it fell from its reputation.

It fell because it is a dangerous word too, which can easily be used by cunning people. Now the sinner can use it, he can say, “I am both. I don’t choose, whatsoever is the case.” Because the sage is whole, he is both. Now the sinner can pretend to be a sage. He can say, “Because it is so, this moment I am like this. This is happening - what can I do? I have dropped choosing. I have accepted life in its totality.”

Now, the sage is a totally different phenomenon from this cunning person. This cunning person used the word and the word became associated with his cunning mind. It became a camouflage for doing whatsoever you want to do. Deep down there is choice, but you can pretend on the surface that you are not a chooser, and you live in choice-less awareness. It is a very subtle cunningness.

So, the word sophos fell from its pedestal and became sophist. The word sophist is ugly; it means a pretender. It means one who is pretending to be a sage and is not, one who is pretending to be a sage and is not even a saint. He is simply a sinner but has found a beautiful rationalization for remaining a sinner.

The murderer can say, “What can I do? - existence intended to murder through me.” The thief can say, “What can I do? That’s how existence commanded me; I simply followed.” And it will be very difficult to argue with him; he has a beautiful rationalization there.

So, the sophos fell and became a sophist. And the same happened with sophia: wisdom is not knowledge, but they look alike. Knowledge only pretends to be wisdom; it is just the opposite of wisdom. Knowledge is always borrowed, and because it is borrowed, it is basically untrue.

Wisdom arises in you; it is your flowering, it is your fragrance. It is self-understanding, self-knowing. You become luminous; you attain to a solid presence. You have a center, you feel rooted, integrated; you are no more fragmentary, you are one piece.

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