Chapter 7: Seeking the Way
The thirteenth sutra:
Seek out the way.
Pause and consider awhile. Is it the way you desire, or is it that there is a dim perspective in your visions of great heights to be scaled by yourself, of a great future for you to compass? Be warned. The way is to be sought for its own sake, not with regard to your feet that shall tread it.
Seek out the way. The way is not known, and the way cannot be made known to you by others. The way cannot be given; the way cannot be stolen; the way cannot be transferred. You have to seek it.
Ordinarily, we think that we have to seek the goal - the way is already given. “There are so many ways,” people go on saying, “and they all reach the same goal. The goal has to be discovered, the goal has to be reached - but the way? The way is available. In fact, it is too available, there are too many ways.”
But it is not so, because the goal and the way are not two things. The way becomes the goal. The first step is also the last, because the way and the goal are not two things. The way, as you proceed on it, transforms itself into the goal. The real thing is not to think about the goal, the basic thinking has to be about the way. Discover the way: Seek out the way.
But our minds are so conditioned that everyone thinks that he has been given a way by birth. Someone is a Christian, someone is a Hindu, someone is a Mohammedan: they think that the way has been given to them by society, by the culture, by their education. No, the way cannot be given by anyone. Neither the society nor the culture nor education can give you the way.
You will have to seek it because, through seeking, you will be transformed.
A borrowed way is a dead way. You cannot travel on it, it will not lead you anywhere. You can believe in it, you can have consolation in it, you can postpone because of it - because you know the way, you can travel on it any day - but the moment you start traveling, the way that is borrowed, given, will be of no help.
You will have to seek your own way.
It is difficult to seek it: errors are possible. But nothing is gained without errors, so be courageous enough to err. You may move on the wrong paths, but it is better to move on wrong paths than not to move at all, because at least you will learn movement, and you will learn what is wrong. That too is good, because elimination will help. You will move on this path and find “This is wrong.” You will move on another path and find “This is wrong.” And through knowing what is wrong, you will come to understand what is right.