When I say, “Make it your experience” I mean be authentic about it. A single fact that you yourself have realized will be transforming. You will be a different man; your feet will be on solid ground. That’s why I don’t insist on doctrines but on techniques. Doctrines are others’ realizations. They may not be true. Techniques are simple methods; you can simply do them. If the technique works, if it is right, then you will come to the same conclusion.
Buddha was one of the most authentic men who has ever lived. His dying words were, “Don’t believe in me.”
Don’t believe something because Buddha has said it, don’t believe because others believe it. Unless it becomes a truth for you, don’t believe it. That doesn’t mean to disbelieve it. There is no need. Remain suspended. That is intellectual honesty: to remain suspended, to remain agnostic. Don’t say yes or no until you come to know.
Believers are false, pseudo, inauthentic. That’s why I say that faith has become impossible. To be authentic is to be religious – even if you have to say, “I don’t know God, I don’t know Christ, I don’t know the Holy Ghost, I don’t know anything. And because I don’t know, I cannot believe. Unless I know, I will not believe.”
Only this kind of attitude will create a situation for you to grow.
You say that you have no beliefs. Yet you have a certainty that goes far beyond the probability that the confirmation of a hypothesis would allow you to claim.
A hypothesis is not a belief. You need not believe in it; it is just a temporary thing. It may be true, it may not be true. There is no need to believe in it, the experiment will show whether it is true or not. You play with the hypothesis without belief, without disbelief.
As far as objective facts are concerned, an experiment can only lead to a certain probability. You can never know any objective fact in its totality. Something else may be discovered which can change the whole thing. So with scientific facts, your knowing always remains relative. You cannot be absolutely certain because the fact, any fact, is just a part of the great world, the infinite. In that infinity, whatsoever you know is always probable; it is never certain.
Science can never be certain. It will always be probable, because something new can always be discovered. You may destroy the whole hypothesis or change it. So science will remain probable. That is the very nature of it.