So there are two ways of listening: one is jumping from one word to another word and another is jumping from one silence to another silence. Those who are following the second way will be immensely rewarded by existence with great blissfulness, with tremendous ecstasy and with an immortality, an eternity. The treasures are incalculable. But if you are listening only to the words, you will end up at the most in a certain system of thought. This makes me sad, because I am not here to create systems of thought. Millions of people have done that and distracted people from their inwardness.
All thought systems exist in the mind, and all silences exist beyond the mind. My simple message to you is to transcend the mind, transcend the word.
In the Bible I have found so many places to argue against. From the very beginning, it does not appeal to me. The Bible says, “In the beginning there was the word, the word was with God and the word was God.” I absolutely disagree with this stupid beginning. How can there be a word in the beginning? Because “word” means a sound with meaning, and meaning can be given only by someone else. The sound itself is meaningless. It would have been better if they had said, “In the beginning there was sound.” But even that would not have been the perfect beginning, because even for sound to exist you need some ears. Without the ears, there are no sounds. The best and the most perfect would have been, “In the beginning there was silence.” From that statement in the Bible it already starts in a wrong direction and goes on moving into that wrong direction.
Silence is the greatest spiritual experience.
And the universe consists only of silence. Silence can become expressive as sound if there is someone to listen to it, and the sound can become meaningful if someone is there to give meaning to it. But silence is absolutely and utterly pure, untouched by human hands.
Its purity is its godliness.
Its purity is what every meditator comes to know. Every meditator stands in the beginning of existence. It is not a question of time. Each moment can be transformed into the beginning of existence, if you can fall into silence. And silence does not divide people because it is not an ideology, it is an experience.
So whatever happened the other night to you, I have been hoping that it will happen sooner or later to everybody. I want you not to belong to any belief, not to belong to any idea, but simply to relax into the universal silence. And you will taste the sweetness of music and you will come to know that existence is not a misery but a mystery – a mystery that can be lived, loved, but can never be made part of your knowledge. You can become part of it, but it cannot become part of you.
You are asking me, “Is this your secret?”
Yes, this is my secret.
The Jesse James Gang holds up a train in the Wild West. When they have overpowered the guards, Jesse and the gang burst into the passenger compartment.
“Okay!” says Jesse. “You folks had better get ready, we are going to rob all the men and rape all the women.”