Chapter 3: A Sense of Separateness
Only that which is known brings liberation. Science bestows power, but not liberation - because science can only give us facts, which are useful, but it cannot give us eternal truth. There is only one process in the search for eternal truth, and that is to experience oneness.
But it is very difficult because all our ways of perception are based on the intellect. From wherever we look, everything turns into two. Now, I am talking, you are listening: this is one phenomenon. The speaker, here, is at one end and the audience, there, is at the other - but the phenomenon is one. What is happening here is one single phenomenon. Talking-and-listening is happening here, but it is not two things. At one end talking is happening and at the other end, listening. These are two poles of the same experience - the experience is one. But as you start to think, the speaker and the listener become separate.
At the moment of listening, when your mind is not at work but is silently listening, then there are not two. At the moment of talking, when the mind is not doing anything, is not thinking about anything, when pure speech and pure listening meet - only one remains. Neither the speaker is there, nor the listener is there; this is the point where understanding and dialogue happen. But where the speaker is separate and the listener is separate, then there will be only arguments.arguments will keep moving around inside.
In fact, the deeper we go within, the more we realize oneness. But the moment we return to thinking, it appears that things have become divided again, that they have become two, and that they have become separate. The one who is speaking and the one who is listening become different.
When two people are deeply in love or in a deep friendship, then there are not two in their love. Only love remains; the lover and the beloved both disappear. And only when this disappearance happens is love born. Until this disappearance, love is not born. But as soon as we start to think about love, the lover is separate and the beloved is separate.
When the devotee is engrossed in his devotion, no distance separates him from existence. If some distance remains, then the devotion is incomplete, it is not true devotion. In devotion, both the object and the devotee disappear and only a presence remains - both shores merge, leaving only one existence. But when we start to think about devotion, the object of devotion is separate and the devotee is separate.
But forget this example. Perhaps you have not even experienced love, because even the experience of love has become very difficult. And you certainly can’t have had an experience of devotion, because that has become almost impossible. In a society where it has become difficult to experience even love, the experience of devotion is impossible. How can those who do not even know love know devotion?
Love is the only ladder in the world by which a person can ascend to the temple of devotion - but those who have not even loved in their life will never be able to understand its nectar.