Chapter 6: Logos: Power, Necessity
Every Sunday a priest was very much disturbed by an old man in his congregation who was a very respectable man, rich, wealthy. He used to sit just in front of the priest, and he would fall asleep within seconds and would snore loudly. And, of course, it was very disturbing, just sitting in front of him, snoring.
The priest was disturbed, what to do? And the man was so rich that he could not say to him, “This is not right.” So he found a way. A small boy: his great grandchild, used to follow the old man. The priest called the boy and he said, “I will give you four annas every Sunday whenever your old man starts falling asleep, just nudge him, just wake him up.” The boy was very happy, and he did it and the idea worked.
For three Sundays, it was perfectly okay. Whenever the old man would start snoring, the boy would shake him. But on the fourth Sunday, the old man was snoring, the priest was waiting, but the boy was sitting silently. After the sermon he called the boy and asked, “What is the matter? Have you forgotten?”
He said, “No. But now he is paying me one rupee per Sunday. He says. ‘If you don’t disturb me, I will give you one rupee.’”
That was the case with the sophists. They were ready to argue for anybody, whosoever was ready to pay. They were great arguers. But wisdom has nothing to do with argument.
The Buddha is not an arguer; he has experienced something. If he uses logic and language, it is just to express what he has experienced, not to prove it. It is not that he comes to his experience through language and logic, first he has experienced it through meditation then he uses logic and language to express it.
Logic and language are perfectly right as far as expression is concerned but they are not creative, they are expressive. Truth has to be expressed in the first place; then they are useful. But from the outside, it is very difficult to know who is expressing his experience and who is just playing with words. It is very difficult for those who have not yet experienced anything on their own.
Pythagoras came to India, met great wise men; he met great seers, great Brahmins, saw for the first time what a wise man is. Meditated for years, became a wise man in his own right, became enlightened. And then he went back to Greece, and there he saw what had happened: the beloved had disappeared; there was only a prostitute.