In reality, both are one. This we have called brahman: the ultimate reality. You cannot enter the ultimate reality through either object or subject, you have to lose both. That’s why to know the soul you have to use the inner senses, to know matter you have to use the outer senses, but to know brahman you do not have to use any senses, neither the outer nor the inner. If you want to enter the ultimate reality, then both outer and inner senses have to be completely dropped. Without the senses, one enters reality.
That’s why Shankara cannot concede that science knows reality. He says that science knows only the objective. Shankara cannot concede that those who say there is no brahman know reality, because they know only the subjective self. Only those who go beyond both – this duality of object and subject – know the ultimate truth.
…prepare now, O disciple, to enter upon the way in reality. The path is found; make yourself ready to tread it.
The tenth sutra:
Inquire of the earth, the air and the water of the secrets they hold for you.
If you are ready to lose objective and subjective distinctions, you can ask directly: Inquire of the earth, the air and the water, of the secrets they hold for you. You can ask the elements directly. If you are ready to lose the division between subject and object, if you are ready to lose all thought, if you are ready to lose your mind, your mentation, if you are ready to be vacant and empty, you can ask the elements about the secrets they hold for you.
And what secrets do they hold? Buddha happened in this world. He is recorded by the earth, by the air, by the water, by the sky, by space – everything. The happening of a buddha is such a great phenomenon that the universe records it, how it happens. Krishna danced on this earth. He is recorded. The very phenomenon is such a peak that the earth cannot forget it, the sky cannot forget it. They record it. Whatsoever happens of such great magnitude is recorded by the elements.
You can ask directly. If you are totally empty, you can ask directly and the earth will reveal its secrets and the air will reveal its secrets. If Krishna really delivered the sermon of Gita on the battlefield of Kurukshetra it must be hidden somewhere in the air, in the heart of the air. If you are ready, if you are worthy, the air can reveal the most secret doctrines to you.
You will feel very strange when it is revealed, you will feel very puzzled, because the Gita that has been recorded by man is nothing. It is deeply erroneous: many things have been projected into it, many things have been deleted from it. It is not the real thing; it is just a human record, and it is natural for the human mind to err.