You think you believe in God, you think you believe in soul, you think you believe in this and that, and you have not known anything by your own experience. Then it is better not to believe – because if you don’t believe, if you know that you don’t know, there is a possibility that you may seek and search. Your belief will not allow you even to seek and search because you already think you know.
Belief is dangerous. Even to be a skeptic, to be an agnostic, is better. To be true when you don’t know is better because this honesty of accepting that you don’t know will help. This honesty will grow. One day or other you will start seeking, because nobody can remain in deep ignorance for long. Everybody wants to know. To know is such an intrinsic desire in man that you cannot avoid it if you are true.
Please drop your beliefs so your mind is not clogged with rotten furniture, and you can see what you know and what you don’t know.
To know exactly what one knows and what one does not know is the basic step towards knowledge. To be absolutely clear-cut that this is all that you know and this is all that you don’t know. You cannot remain in this state. You will start moving towards the unknown, because it is human to seek to know.
Every child is born with infinite curiosity; that’s why children bore you to death with their questions. They go on asking and asking. They don’t bother whether you are interested in answering them or not – they go on asking. You want to keep them quiet but they go on bubbling again and again with new questions. What is happening? From where do so many questions come? – a deep desire to know. But this desire is crippled by your beliefs.
Beliefs give you an appearance as if you know. That “as if” is very costly.
I have heard:
The nervous passenger was standing with the pilot of the river steamboat as he twisted and turned the wheel.
“Don’t you worry none,” said the pilot. “I have been running boats on this river so long, I know where every snag and sandbar is.”
Just then the boat struck a submerged snag with such force that the whole boat shivered from stem to stern. “There,” said the pilot triumphantly, “that is one of them now.”
What type of knowledge is this? How is it going to help? Your whole so-called knowledge is only like this – it does not help. It simply gives you a certain egoistic idea that you know, but it doesn’t help in life, it does not help you on the path, it does not help you to avoid ditches and pitfalls, it does not help you to move towards the right direction, it does not help you in any way to avoid calamities. Still you go on thinking that you know. Drop this so-called knowledge. This burden is useless, don’t carry it on your head anymore. Once you drop it you will feel clean, fresh.
I have heard: