The spiritual person cannot proclaim that he has become spiritual. That is fundamentally an unspiritual statement. The spiritual person can only say, “I do not know. I am just ignorant and mystified before this tremendously vast universe. I am no one, nobody special.” Otherwise spirituality becomes a spiritual ego.
It is simple if you can remain in this innocence, in this ignorance – available to existence, available to love, available to people, available to all kinds of experiences – but with a simplicity of heart, without any knowledge; available in innocence. And you will grow. Your knowing will grow.
Remember, I make a distinction between knowledge and knowing. Knowledge is dead. It is in the books, it is in the words, theories, creeds, dogmas. Knowing is a living, breathing experiencing. It is not in the books. You cannot find knowing in the Koran, in the Bible, in the Gita. You can find knowing only within yourself.
Nobody can give it to you. In the very giving, it dies – it is so delicate a phenomenon. You can have it growing within yourself if you allow space, uncluttered with stupid ideas of all kinds of superstitions.
Spirituality is the simplest phenomenon in the world; this is one side – one has to be very alert.
It goes on deepening; you never come to the bottom, it is abysmal. But the human mind is so stupid that just a little experience and it starts claiming.
You are saying that you have passed through a time of spirituality. Nobody ever passes through a time of spirituality. It is not like a tunnel that you enter and you pass through to the other side. One simply drowns, and goes on drowning. One simply disappears. A moment comes when there is nobody to declare, even to declare that “I do not know.” Such silence, such profound silence is spiritual.
On the other hand, it is a complex phenomenon – complex not because of itself, but because you are brought up by parents, by society, by schools, colleges, universities. Before you have even asked any significant question about life, you are already burdened with answers.
The child has not asked about God, but the parents are forcing him to believe that God created the world. This is pure corruption. The child is innocent – he trusts his father, his mother, his brothers, sisters, elders, neighbors. He trusts – he cannot think that they are all lying to him. There is no basis for him to think that they are all lying to him. They all love him, how can they lie? And this is the complexity…
Everybody is lying about ultimate truths, without knowing. Without experiencing, they are burdening their children with such garbage – which is going to hinder the child’s own progress, his own purity of consciousness. It is very unconscious love. They do not know what they are doing: it has been done to them by their parents, and they are simply repeating it.