Religion means: to unite. That which divides is not religious. I'm using that wordin that sense.So, if one begins with not knowing one might have a certain amount of knowledgein one's head, but one is deliberately setting that aside, using a part of memory butnot giving importance to it, using thought, using knowledge, but not wanting toend in thought and knowledge, not satisfied with more ideas and more knowledge,but wanting to come upon a more holistic perception of 'what is', whichKrishnamurti called 'having an insight', So the purpose of a religious inquiry is tocome upon a deep insight into what is involved in the question into which one isinquiring. It's holistic in the sense that one is wanting to look at the whole field,and not analyze bits of it, which is what the thought process does. It picks on asmall part, and then analyses it, looks at the logic of it, and so on. It has a purpose,but it's very different from looking at the whole field, and getting a sense of it,without relying on the process of thinking. It's somewhat like looking at themountains from a distance. That has a very different value from going close to themountain and investigating the soil there, and the type of trees there, and thegeology of it, which is what the scientists do. It is all right, but you don't know themountain if you keep on doing that ! You also have to look at it from afar, see itin its perspective.Our consciousness has several faculties. There are the thought-based faculties----thinking, knowledge, memory, planning, intellect. All that belongs to the realm of thought, reason, logic. Then, the feelings, or emotions----fear, jealousy, anger,violence. But there are also capacities which are beyond these, which are notthought-based, which can look at thought, which can observe a feeling, but theyare neither thought nor feeling in themselves, they are beyond all this. Though thewords might overlap one another, I'm referring to faculties of awareness,observation, attention, insight, vision, wisdom. These are all holistic in nature.They take the whole of the tree, they don't describe bits of the tree, as thoughtdoes, so they are very different from thought. That holistic faculty also exists inhuman consciousness. It isn't approachable through thought, but it can observethought. Therefore, you can use thought and so long as you know the limitation of thought, it will not prevent this faculty from operating. But if one is not aware of the existence of such a faculty, if one thinks that the whole of existence isconfined to knowledge and thoughts and ideas, then one blocks oneself, oneblocks the possibility of an insight. So the religious inquiry may use thought andknowledge, but it is aiming at insight, at an expansion of vision, not an expansionof memory. Additional knowledge is expansion of memory, whereas insightexpands vision ---you see much farther, much more clearly, a much vaster terrain.Therefore, it is holistic in nature. It begins with observation, and it ends inobservation. It begins with a question, and it ends with a question, not with ananswer, not with a conclusion. Because one has seen that the conclusion preventsinquiry. And so often the conclusion has been wrong, mistaken. So one holds allconclusions like opinions tentatively, as scientists hold theories; they hold themtentatively, saying "Perhaps it is so, but we are not sure". If we can hold allopinions, all ideas, all knowledge in that way, then the quest for truth is to gobeyond this, and to have a direct perception of what is, not through theintervention of thought and of logic.So, having said that, let me come to today's question in this spirit. It is importantto approach it rightly, because if we approach something with a narrow vision, wewill get a narrow answer. Our vision limits the answer. For instance, if one has avery narrow vision of education, and one considers that education means onlytraining a child to get a job, pass an exam and make a success in society, then allthat dictates the kind of education you are going to set up, where the effort isgoing to lie, and the whole thing may be false because your vision is limited. Onthe other hand, your vision of education may be that you want the child to growup to have a full, happy, joyous life; you don't quite know what needs to be donefor that, but you don't want to narrow it down into just making a living. Then youare also concerned about him as a human being, about his life, and then yourvision is very different and that vision will determine the kind of answers you willfind for setting up education. I'm just giving that as an example, to show howimportant it is to have an extended vision, and not work with a very narrowvision. Otherwise, one is caught in the trap that you don't know, and you don'tknow that you don't know ! That's the worst trap to be in. So we don't want to fallinto that trap. And conclusions tend to bring us into that kind of a trap, if we holdto them strongly, and get attached to them. Therefore it is important not to livewith answers, but always to live with questions. The question we are going toinvestigate, and hold in our mind in that way, while discussing with each other, isthis question : what is the real significance of the statement, "You are the world".And quite honestly I don't know. I don't know the real significance, but let usinvestigate into it together.
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