And I repeat again: Life is beautiful because there are so many unexplainable dimensions to it. That is its richness. If everything is explained, all juice will be lost; you will be fed up, bored to death with a life, which is explained. What transpires between a master and a disciple is one of the peaks of unexplainable experiences. Don’t destroy it with any explanation. It is a crime to destroy the unexplainable by bringing it to the level of explanations, because you have killed. It is almost like a bird on the wing in the sky – it is so beautiful in its freedom; the whole sky belongs to him, all the stars belong to him: no limits, no barriers. You can catch hold of the bird; you can make a beautiful golden cage and you can put the bird in the cage. But remember, it is not the same bird that was flying in freedom in the sky under the stars. Factually it is the same bird, but spiritually no – because where is the freedom and where are the stars? Where is the sky? Your golden cage cannot replace what you have taken away from the bird. It has lost its soul.
The same happens when you try to explain something which is unexplainable. You bring it into the cage of language, of words – beautiful words, but the soul has disappeared.
Don’t do it. I know it feels a little awkward when somebody asks and you cannot answer – you feel embarrassed. It is better to feel embarrassed. But don’t commit a crime against the mysteries of life. Tell the person, “I am feeling embarrassed because I cannot say it. Not that I don’t want to say it – I would have loved to say it to you but I cannot, because saying it means killing it. I can take you to the window from where you can see the open sky; I can take you to the man. Perhaps your heart will start dancing in the same way my heart dances within me, and in deep silence, you will understand what it means to me. But only when it starts to mean something to you.”
People will be asking you many questions. Use their questions to invite them towards the same light, towards the same bliss, towards the same truth. Don’t answer – because you cannot answer, and whatever you say will fall flat. Resist the temptation of being knowledgeable. Accept your inarticulateness. But invite the person. Perhaps out of ten, one may turn up. And one never knows – by coming here, he may turn on!
I am old, and had been a Buddhist for over thirty years before I came to Pune. But still I feel as if I am at the beginning, confused with lots of doubts.
On the other hand, something inside me knows about your silence, and that “something” is not irritated at all. It is like a robe of trust, but I am not able to believe.
Could you please say something about the difference between trust and belief?
Trust and belief have a very similar appearance, but they are diametrically opposite realities.
Belief is a false coin. It pretends to be real; it tries to play the role of trust. Millions of people are caught in the net of belief, because it is cheap. Trust is costly, very costly. Trust is costly because it is risky; it is dangerous. It means you are opening yourself, becoming vulnerable to somebody who can do you harm. You are dropping all your defense measures. You will be defenseless – you can be exploited, cheated, destroyed.