If you are in the presence of a master you will start vibrating, pulsating. Truth cannot be given to you, but you can smell the perfume of it and then you can start searching for it in your own innermost core, in your own being. It has to evolve. It is a growth; meaning is a growth. You will have to devote your whole life to it.
So don’t ask why there is no meaning in life. There is none because you have not created it yet. There is for me. I have created it. But my meaning cannot become your meaning. Even if I give it to you, in the very transfer the baby will die. You will carry a dead corpse. There is no way of transferring it.
The Sufis are very particular about it – that’s why they deny knowledge. They say there is no knowledge possible. Knowing is possible, but knowledge is not possible. What is the difference between knowledge and knowing? There is no difference in the dictionary, but in existence there is a tremendous difference. Knowledge is a theory, knowing is an experience.
Knowing means you open your eyes and you see. Knowledge means somebody has opened his eyes and he has seen and he talks about it, and you simply go on gathering the information. Knowledge is possible even if you are blind. Knowledge is possible…. Without eyes you can learn many things about light, but knowing is not possible if you are blind. Knowing is possible only if your eyes are healed, cured, if you can see. Knowing is authentically your experience, knowledge is pseudo.
Don’t depend on knowledge, otherwise you will go on missing meaning. Knowledge can only give you a false promise. It is never fulfilled. Knowledge can only give you pseudo coins. They are worthless, beware of them. Knowledge can make you feel very, very good because it enhances your ego. You start feeling as if you know. But remember, it is "as if," it is not really the case. And when you feel "I know," "I" is strengthened.
Before a man can become a man of knowing he will have to drop all knowledge. That is the real renunciation. I have seen people renouncing their children – which is foolish because children are not standing in the way of God. I have seen people renouncing their wives, their husbands – which is stupid because in the husband and in the wife God is present, God is alive there. When you renounce your wife you have renounced God – God in the form of your wife. When you renounce your husband, you have renounced God who has come in the form of your husband.
I have seen people renouncing children, wife, husband, but people don’t renounce their knowledge. They go on carrying their knowledge which is the real obstruction, which is the real hindrance – the only barrier there is.
Look…a man renounces life, goes into the Himalayas, but if he was born a Jaina he remains a Jaina. He carries the knowledge. If he was born a Hindu he remains a Hindu. Even in the depth of the Himalayas, sitting in a cave all alone, he remains a Hindu.