You could say matter is not mind, or you could say mind is not matter, because mind is not the whole thing: matter exists as the opposite. You can define it. You can say life is not death, you can say death is not life. You can say darkness is not light, and light is not darkness. You can say man is not woman, and woman is not man. You can go on defining with the opposite.
But what is opposite to the divine? – there is nothing opposite to it. Divine means the whole, the totality, so how to define totality? – it is indefinable because all definitions are based on the opposite, and nothing is opposite to it. Language falls flat. It says “I cannot enter this dimension.” Language exists in duality and cannot penetrate the non-dual.
The divine is uncharted because it is just like the sky. It is not like the earth: if you walk on the earth, footprints are left behind, others can follow. You have passed, others can follow you; they can track you. Following your footprints, they can reach the same goal. But the totality – the divine or God or whatsoever you want to call it: X, Y, Z, the total – is just like the sky. Birds have flown in it but no footprints are left. You cannot follow. You have to start from A, B, C.
Whenever you enter the divine… Buddha passed before you, Jesus passed before you, Krishna passed before you, but there are no footprints. When you enter the divine it is as if man is entering for the first time. The sky remains virgin, untouched, unscarred. But it is good; this absolute virginity is good because then this experience is unique and yours.
Otherwise if you find Buddha’s footprints, Krishna’s footprints – maps, definitions, guidebooks – everything will be secondhand because many have known it, many have come before you. They have said everything that you can know. Everything will be secondhand.
But the divine is not secondhand, it is always firsthand. Whenever you enter it, it is as if someone is entering for the first time. No one has entered before you and no one will enter after you, because no footprints can be left: everyone is unique.
That’s why all worldly experiences become boring. One gets fed up because everything becomes secondhand, everything becomes borrowed. Someone has known it, nothing is virgin.
The divine is always virgin, absolutely virgin. You cannot corrupt it, you cannot make it old, you cannot make it repetitive. That’s why nothing can be defined, nothing can be mapped, and no guide can be supplied.
Yet to enlighten the disciple, the final struggle may be thus expressed. But just to enlighten the disciple – one who has not yet entered but is just on the verge of it, ready to take the jump – something can be said tentatively, some indications can be given. But don’t take them in any absolute sense. They are just a help, the last help that can be given, because once the disciple enters this temple of the divine he will be lost. This is the last instruction from the master.