The truth means the whole, all that is, the total. All that is — how can you define it? It is unbounded, infinite. Definition means drawing a line around it, locating it, saying, “This is it.” But there is no way to define truth, because there is no way to draw a line around it. It is infinite, it is eternal, it has no beginning, no end.
People who have tried to define truth say, “Truth is that which is.” But that is tautology.
The question remains the same, the mystery remains unsolved. “Truth is that which is” — what have you added? Have you made it a little simpler than before? You can call it “that which is” or you can call it truth, or you can call it God, but you are simply using names, words, labels, for something which is basically indefinable.
Truth cannot be defined, although it can certainly be experienced. But experience is not a definition. A definition is made by the mind, experience comes through participating. If somebody asks, “What is a dance?” how can you define it? But you can dance and you can know the inner feel of it.
God is the ultimate dance. You will have to learn ecstatic dancing to experience God.
God is the dance where the dancer disappears. Then the experience arrives, showers on you, and you KNOW. But that knowing is not knowledge, that knowing is wisdom.
One goal — truth — and one method. What is that method? I call it meditation, Atisha used to call it awareness, Buddha used to call it mindfulness. These are different words for the same quality — the quality of being attentive, alert, awake.
Atisha is very mathematical; no great mathematician can be so mathematical as he is. He is moving step by step. First he says: Don’t seek spurious comforts; that is going astray.
Don’t escape from your sorrowful state; go into it. Let this become your one goal: the search for the truth of your being. He is not talking about any truth that lives somewhere in the sky, he is not talking about any philosophical truth. He is talking about the truth that you are; he is talking about you. He is utterly psychological, he is not talking about metaphysics.
We are brought up in such a way that we only believe that we are free, but we are not. While nations exist, no man is really free. While politicians go on dominating humanity, the world will remain in slavery. They go on persuading you that you are free. You are not. There are a thousand and one walls around you — maybe very transparent so that you can look through the walls, and that gives you a feeling that you are free, but you are not. While there are religions in your head — Christianity, Hinduism, Mohammedanism, Jainism, Buddhism — you are not free. A mind cannot be free.
Freedom means freedom from the mind.
Only a no-mind knows the taste of freedom.
But to be a no-mind is so risky; you will have to lose all that you have become accustomed to, all that you have become so attached to. All your possessions are contained in your mind: your philosophies, your religions, your concepts, your theories, all are contained in your mind. If you drop the mind — and that’s what meditation is all about, dropping the mind — you will feel as if you have been robbed, as if you have suddenly been forced to be naked, as if suddenly inside you have become empty. You will miss that old fullness, although it was only junk. But people’s idea is that it is always better to have something than nothing, whatsoever that something is.
Feelings say: “Fall in love, and then you will know.”
Thoughts say: “Doubt, inquire, make certain. When everything is absolutely proved and you are convinced, rationally convinced, then you can trust.”
And the logic appears very, very clean, there seems to be no trick in it. There is! The trick is that through scientific knowing you cannot know the mystery that is confronting you, you cannot know the poetry that is showering on you, you cannot see the beauty and the grace that is available to you.
You will see my body, you will listen to my words, but you will miss my silences. And they are my real messages. You will be able to see me as I appear on the surface, but you will not be able to penetrate into me as I am at the center.
We need a new kind of human being who has both wings: the wings of knowledge, science, technology, and the wings of meditation, enlightenment, love, freedom. When both wings are functioning in a deep synchronicity, in a deep togetherness, in accord and harmony, then only man is complete, total.
We have created such a strange humanity, and the whole rationale of this whole mad earth, this mad humanity, is religious, spiritual. Search for the truth, search for God, search for the peaks, and you have lost yourself in the search.
There is only one search — to find yourself — and for that you need not go anywhere else.
For that you have to withdraw from all your desires, ambitions, goals. You have to come back home.