And he laughed. And what he said is very significant. He said, “To you I need not look as separate. To you I can remain in my state; I need not descend from there. My eyes have lost all distinctions. You and the tree and the rock are all one. When I am talking to a disciple, there is no need to make any distinction. I am talking to the disciple and to the tree and to the rock, and to the stars and to the sky…all is one. Because I talk from the standpoint of love. I flood you with my love, and I become flooded with your love. But when a logician comes, I have to descend. I have to put specs on my eyes so I become blind, so I lose that enormous vision. My eyes become narrowed, because the logician insists on distinctions; things should be debarked and defined. Love knows no definition, no demarcation.”
Baal Shem is right. This is my experience too. Talking to a sannyasin, being with a sannyasin, is a totally different phenomenon. But talking to somebody who has come with great knowledge in his mind, who is ready to fight, to argue, who is hankering for some opportunity and excuse to collide, is a totally different experience. It is ugly. There is no communion. There is no meeting of the hearts.
Love opens a different door to reality. Logic also opens a door. The door of logic becomes science; the door of love becomes religion. That’s why Western philosophy is disappearing. The reason why Western philosophy slowly, slowly is reduced to science? – because science has taken over. Western philosophy has no purpose left. At the most it can remain in the shadow of science as a servant. It is no more the master. And nobody else is responsible – it itself is responsible for it. That was its insistence: logic, fact…. Now science is more logical and more factual, so philosophy seems only a kind of primitive science, a rudimentary science. And, of course, when more sophisticated science has come, what is the point of philosophy?
So, in the West, philosophers are at a loss: now what to do? Their whole job is gone. Departments of the great Western universities are becoming more and more empty; students no longer turn up. There is nothing there! And philosophers, at the most, have become just logical analysts; linguistic analysis has become their whole work. Now they don’t ask whether God exists or not – their question is: What do you mean when you use the word God? Their question is about the word God, not about God himself – what do you mean when you use the word God? The meaning of the word…. Not much philosophy is left. It is disappearing, it is a dying subject. Science has taken over.
Philosophy, if it enters from the door of logic, is bound to disappear sooner or later into science, because what philosophy does, science can do better. Philosophy can live only if it enters through the door of love. Then nobody can take its temple. Then it is real sophia – real wisdom.
A few things before we enter into this small parable. If you look through love, it is not that the reality changes – reality is the same. Whether you look from logic or from love, the reality remains the same – but you are different. And when you are different, of course, you see different things. When somebody looks with the vision of a poet at the full moon, it is a totally different experience – uplifting, elevating, ecstatic. When somebody looks at the moon with the eyes of an astronomer, there is no uplifting, there is no prayer felt. The heart doesn’t beat faster. You don’t feel any ecstasy. You don’t become warmed up. You don’t feel connected. It is the same moon! but you are blind, closed….