Man has fallen by questioning: man can rise back by non-questioning. Adam and Eve are expelled because they questioned. Christ enters back into the Garden because he surrenders, trusts. At the last moment on the cross he did hesitate a little bit; it is very human. I love Christ for that – it shows his humanity. For a moment, the questioning has come back – with great force, with great vengeance. Maybe the last layer of questioning was there hiding somewhere in his unconscious. He asked God, “Have you forsaken me?” This is a question. “What are you doing to me?” This is a question. And the question essentially means doubt – a doubt has arisen in his mind. He is being crucified – it is very natural to feel that God has forsaken him: “God has stopped his grace coming to me, God is no more with me. I am alone, left all alone.” But immediately he understood that this is the last question, the last doubt.
Seeing it, the last question disappeared, and immediately he said, “Thy will be done, thy kingdom come.” This is trust. “Thy will, not mine.” Now there can be no questioning. There is a tremendous surrender. Jesus transcended humanity in that moment. In that moment, Adam disappeared. In that moment, Jesus became a buddha. And when there is no doubt and no question, and you are utterly silent, just a transparent silent lake, you start reflecting that which is. And God simply represents that which is.
I would like to remind you again: the ancient Hebrew word for God stands symbolically for that which is. ‘G’ means that, ‘O’ means which, ‘D’ means is – that which is.
When the lake is silent, no waves, no ripples, the full moon reflects in all its beauty, in all its splendor. That is the religious consciousness. It is not after answers: it is after the experience of the mysterious. It is a totally different dimension from scientific questioning.
Science is a questioning, science is rooted in doubt. Religion is non-questioning, it is rooted in trust. And to change the gestalt from doubting to trust is conversion. Not that when a Hindu becomes a Christian it is conversion, no. Or when a Christian becomes a Hindu, no. This is not conversion. You are simply changing from one prison to another prison. When doubt disappears and trust arises, that is conversion, that is transformation.
The second question:
What is your idea of true education?
The education that has existed up to now has not been true. It has not served humanity; on the contrary, it has served the vested interests. It has served the past. The teacher has been an agent of the past. He functions as a mediator to give past beliefs, orientations, assumptions to the coming generation – to contaminate, to pollute the new consciousness that is arising on the horizon.
That’s why the teacher has been respected by all the societies. It serves the establishment. It reduces people to skillful robots, it reduces people to efficient machines. That’s what education has been up to now.
And because of education, man’s evolution has been very haphazard, zigzag. But up to now there was no other way, because there was one thing in the past: knowledge grew so slowly that it was almost the same for centuries. So the teacher was very very efficient in doing his job. Whatsoever was known was almost static; it was not growing.