And the meaning waits, and the purpose of the whole life remains hidden, and the blessing and the grace just goes on waiting and waiting for you to turn.
The Christian word conversion means turning. It does not mean making a Hindu a Christian or a Mohammedan a Christian – it means making a consciousness turn within.
To return to the root is to find the meaning,
but to pursue appearances is to miss the source.
Outside there are only appearances. You cannot know what is outside because through the senses you can touch only the appearance. I cannot see you. I can see only your body – not even the whole body but just the surface, just the surface of the skin is seen. I don’t know whether you are there or not. Maybe you are just an automaton, a robot – who knows?
A robot is possible; now, more so. A robot can be made. And if a robot is there you cannot judge from the outside, because he will blink his eyes, he will even answer: if you say, “Hello!” he will say, “Hello, how are you?” How do you know that he is not a robot? On the surface he is just like any man, no different.
He talks, and he will talk intelligently – sometimes even more intelligently than you because he is fed completely. His information is accurate; he knows much, he can know more than you. They say a single small computer can know as much as five hundred scientists can know in five hundred lives. A robot can carry a computer inside the mind, of course, battery-run. You ask and he answers, and his answers are not as fallible as your answers. And he will never be a fool, he will always be a wise man.
How to judge who is inside? You cannot penetrate. You can just go about and about, around and around. You can touch the surface.
Only in yourself can you go within. Only there can you be certain of consciousness – nowhere else. This whole world may be just a dream. Who knows? I can dream you sitting here and me talking to you. You can dream that you are sitting here and listening to me. Have you any criterion to prove that this is not a dream? There is no way.
Up till now nobody has been able to prove that this is not a dream, because in a dream also things appear so real – even more real than when you are awake, because in waking sometimes a doubt enters in the mind whether it is real or not. But in a dream a doubt never enters the mind; in a dream you always take things as if they are real.
It is said of Chuang Tzu…
One day, in the morning, he started crying and weeping. His disciples gathered and they asked, “Master, what are you doing? What has happened to you?”