Unless they are revealed to you, they appear like myths, superstitions. We hear, we read, many things about Buddha, Jesus, Krishna, which cannot be believed. Mohammed, Zarathustra, Moses look mythological now because whatsoever they say, we cannot ourselves experience. We have lost the touch. Moses says that he heard the voice of God on Mount Sinai. How can we believe it? We have never heard anything like it.
If you go to a primitive tribe and tell them that we hear voices traveling over long distances on a radio, they will not be able to believe it: “What are you talking about?” Or, if you say that we see pictures traveling over long, long distances on television, they will not believe it, because they have no experience of it.
In the same way, we have become primitives as far as the inner is concerned. Moses says he hears God. Jesus talks with his father who is in heaven. They look neurotic to us. They must be mad. There are many psychological studies on Jesus that say he must have been insane. “What does he mean, talking with God? Where is God? How can you talk to him? And how can God talk to you? Jesus must have been insane. He must have had illusions and believed in them. He was neurotic.” He looks neurotic because we have become primitives as far as the inner world is concerned.
If your inner senses are penetrating, if your inner senses are alive, if you have come to know how to use them, you can also attune yourself to the divine. You can hear, you can listen, you can see, you can touch the mysteries. They are always there. Moses is not neurotic – we have become primitive. Jesus is not mad – we have lost contact with the inner.
Having obtained the use of the inner senses, having conquered the desires of the outer senses – because if the desires of the outer senses are still alive, you cannot move within. Desire means the way to go out; desire is the path that leads you outward. If your mind still desires, you cannot move within.
That’s why there is so much insistence on desirelessness. It is not a moral concept. Desirelessness is a very scientific concept: if you want to move within, your mind must lose all desire to move without. Otherwise, how can you move within? It is simple mathematics. If you want to go to the left, you must leave behind the desire to go to the right. Otherwise, one leg moves to the right, the other moves to the left. You will become mad, you will go insane. You cannot move simultaneously in two directions. Desire leads without; desirelessness, within.
…having conquered the desires of the outer senses, having conquered the desires of the individual soul… If you are still self-centered, you always think in terms of your own ego; you always think in terms of your own individuality, your own selfishness. The deeper truths of existence cannot be revealed to you. You are not yet capable of it, you are not worthy of it. And, it is also dangerous.
Try to understand it: for example, science has now revealed some very basic mysteries of matter. Science has forced matter to reveal certain secrets about atomic energy. Now it has become destructive. Man was not yet capable, not yet worthy to know such a great secret. Science forced matter; science is aggressive.