Excerpt from: Intuition, Chapter 13
"Intuition travels without any vehicle – that is why it is a jump; that is why it is a leap. It is a jump from one point to another point, with no interconnection between the two. If I come to you step by step, it is not a jump. Only if I come to you without any steps is it a jump. And a real jump is even deeper. It means that something exists on point A and then it exists on point B, and between the two there is no existence. That is a real jump.
"Intuition is a jump – it is not something that comes to you in steps. It is something happening to you, not coming to you – something happening to you without any causality anywhere, without any source anywhere. This sudden happening means intuition. If it were not sudden, not completely discontinuous with what went before, then reason would discover the path. It would take time, but it could be done. Reason would be capable of knowing and understanding and controlling it. Then any day an instrument could be developed, just like radio or TV, in which intuitions could be received.
"If intuition came through rays or waves, then we could make an instrument to receive them. But no instrument can pick up intuition because it is not a wave phenomenon. It is not a phenomenon at all; it is just a leap from nothing to being.
"Intuition means just that – that’s why reason denies it. Reason denies it because reason is incapable of encountering it. Reason can only encounter phenomena that can be divided into cause and effect.
"According to reason there are two realms of existence, the known and the unknown. And the unknown means that which is not yet known but someday will be known. But mysticism says that there are three realms: the known, the unknown and the unknowable. By the unknowable, the mystic means that which can never be known.
"Intellect is involved with the known and the unknown, not with the unknowable. And intuition works with the unknowable, with that which cannot be known. It is not just a question of time before it will be known – unknowability is its intrinsic quality. It is not that your instruments are not fine enough or your logic not up-to-date, or your mathematics primitive – that is not the question. The intrinsic quality of the unknowable is unknowability; it will always exist as the unknowable.
"This is the realm of intuition.
"When something from the unknowable comes to be known, it is a jump – there is no link, there is no passage, there is no going from one point to another point. But it seems inconceivable, so when I say you can feel it but you cannot understand it, when I say such things I know very well that I am uttering nonsense. "Nonsense" only means that which cannot be understood by our senses. And mind is a sense, the most subtle.
"Intuition is possible because the unknowable is there. Science denies the existence of the divine because it says, ‘There is only one division: the known and the unknown. If there is any God, we will discover him through laboratory methods. If he exists, science will discover him.’
"The mystic, on the other hand, says, ‘Whatever you do, something in the very foundation of existence will remain unknowable – a mystery.’ And if the mystics are not right, then I think that science is going to destroy the whole meaning of life. If there is no mystery, the whole meaning of life is destroyed and the whole beauty is destroyed.
"The unknowable is the beauty, the meaning, the aspiration, the goal. Because of the unknowable, life means something. When everything is known, then everything is flat. You will be fed up, bored.
"The unknowable is the secret; it is life itself." Osho