Life is not a mechanical process. It cannot be certain. It is an unpredictable mystery. Nobody knows what is going to happen the next moment. Not even “God” that you think resides somewhere in the Seventh Heaven, not even it – if it is there – not even it knows what is going to happen; because if it knows what is going to happen then life is just bogus, then everything is written beforehand, then everything is destined beforehand. How can it know what is going to happen next if the future is open? If “God” knows what is going to happen the next moment, then life is just a dead mechanical process, then there is no freedom. And how can life exist without freedom? Then there is no possibility to grow, or not to grow. If everything is predestined then there is no glory, no grandeur. Then you are just robots.
No – nothing is secure. That is my message. Nothing can be secure, because a secure life will be worse than death. Nothing is certain. Life is full of uncertainties, full of surprises – that is its beauty. You can never come to a moment when you can say, “Now I am certain.” When you say you are certain, you simply declare your death, you have committed suicide.
Life goes on moving with a thousand and one uncertainties. That’s its freedom. Don’t call it insecurity. I can understand why mind calls freedom insecurity.
Have you lived in a jail for a few months or a few years? If you have lived in a jail for a few years, when the day of release comes the prisoner starts feeling uncertain about the future. Everything was certain in the jail, everything was dead routine. Food was supplied to him, protection was given to him; there was no fear that he would be hungry next day and there would be no food – nothing! Everything was certain. Now, suddenly, after many years the jailer comes and says to him, “Now you are going to be released.” He starts trembling. Outside the wall of the prison…again uncertainties, again he will have to seek, search, again he will have to live in freedom….
Freedom creates fear. People talk about freedom but they are afraid. And a man is not yet a man if he is afraid of freedom. I give you freedom, I don’t give you security. I give you understanding, I don’t give you knowledge. Knowledge will make you certain. If I can give you a formula, a set formula – that there is a “God” and there is a Holy Ghost and there is an only begotten son, Jesus; there is hell and heaven; and these are the good acts and these are the bad acts; do the sin and you will be in Hell; do what I call the virtuous acts and you will be in Heaven – finished! …Then you are certain.
That’s why so many people have chosen to be Christians, to be Hindus, to be Mohammedans, to be Jainas. They don’t want freedom, they want fixed formulas.
A Jew was dying – suddenly, in an accident on a road. Nobody knew that he was a Jew. A priest was called, a Catholic priest. He leaned close to the Jew – and the man was dying, in the last throes of death – and the priest said, “Do you believe in the Trinity of God the Father, the Holy Ghost, and the son Jesus?”
The Jew opened his eyes and he said, “Look, here I am dying – and he is talking riddles? Here I am dying and he is talking in riddles!”
When death knocks at your door, all your certainties will be simply riddles and foolish. Don’t cling to any certainty. Life is uncertain, its very nature is uncertain. And an intelligent man always remains uncertain.