Is truth fixed or something living?
- A mind that would perceive what truth is must be free of all the conditioning of any particular culture, which means free of any belief. For belief is based on the desire for comfort, for security, or on fear. You don’t believe that the sun is going to rise tomorrow. You know it will rise. It’s only the mind that is uncertain, confused, seeking security, comfort; it’s only the mind that believes. So one must be totally free of all belief, all conclusions and, obviously, all ideals. As you are listening, observe the fact that a mind that is clouded by belief, which is based on the desire for comfort, security, which is the outcome of fear, cannot possibly see what truth is, though it may search for it. As you are listening to this, do you see the truth of it? If you see the truth of it, then it’s finished. Your mind then is free to observe. As you are listening, are you observing your own beliefs, your own conclusions? Do you see that such a mind is incapable of looking, of perceiving clearly? If you would perceive clearly, the mind must be totally free of belief – your God or my God. As you listen, are you free of it? Or are you so heavily conditioned that without belief you feel lost and therefore frightened, and therefore you are attached to your beliefs? Such a mind obviously is an irreligious mind.
So a mind that is seeking will never find the truth, and all your conditioning is to seek. Can the mind observe the truth that search implies a dualistic conflict, and that a mind in conflict is always distorted and therefore it cannot possibly see? And obviously a mind caught in rituals, all the circus that goes on in the name of religion, is not a religious mind at all; it is after stimuli, sensation, every form of excitement. Can a mind that is really inquiring and is serious, passionate to find out, put aside totally all rituals, all beliefs, all the movement of seeking?
You can see also how organized religions have separated human beings – Hindu, Buddhist, Christian. Are you who are listening free of this division? If you are not serious you accept life as it is; you don’t see the danger of a divided way of living, the misery, the confusion, the agony, and so you act mechanically. You must be serious. Life demands it, because life is a battle, a misery, a confusion, and if there is to be a different kind of world, one must be very, very serious.
In our so-called search we get caught by so-called gurus. They offer systems, methods about how to reach enlightenment, how to reach something which they call God or whatever it is. Now, when you have a system, a method, a practice, doesn’t it imply that there is a fixed end? “Do these things and you will achieve that.” “That” is already known and fixed! So, there are many, many systems, as though truth, whatever you may like to call “that,” is a fixed state, and once you have achieved it, all the troubles are over. Therefore practice, do this and you’ll get that. This is one of your pet problems, and you will find it awfully difficult to give it up.
Is it logical that a system will lead you to reality? Think it out logically first. System implies a method, a practice, a process through which you will come to reality. Process implies time. A process implies a mechanical cultivation of habit and therefore constant conflict between what is and what should be. Process implies distorting the mind, not understanding the whole structure and the nature of the mind, which is thought. That is, we think that through a process, through time, gradually we’ll arrive at something that is already there, fixed. Now, is truth something that is permanent that is there for you to capture, or is it something that’s living and therefore it has no path to it? Therefore it demands constant observation, perception of everything that is happening inwardly and outwardly – which is non-mechanical.