"People don't want to give up their jealousies and anxieties, their resentment and guilt, because these negative emotions provide the with their "kicks", the feeling of being alive" said the Master.
And this is how he illustrated it:
The local postman took a short cut through a eadow on his bicycle. Midway across, a bull spied him and gave chase. The poor fellow berely made it to the fence.
"Nearly got you, didn't he?" said the Master who had watched the scene.
"Yes" said the old man, puffing, "nearly gets me every time."
A scientist came to protest that the Master's contempt for concepts as opposed to "concept-knowledge" was unfair to science.
The Master was at pains to explain that he was a friend of science. "But" he said, "your knowledge of your wife had better go beyond the concept-knowledge of science!"
Later, when talking to his disciples, he was even more forceful. "Concepts define" he said. "To define is to destroy. Concepts dissect Reality. And what you dissect you kill."
"Are concepts then quite useless?"
"No. Dissect a rose and you will have valuable information - and no knowledge whatesoever - of the rose. Become a scholar and you will have much information - but no knowledge whatsoever - of Reality."
The Master claimed that the world most people see is not the world of Reality, but a world their head creates.
When a scholar came to dispute this, the Master set two sticks on the floor in the form of the letter T and asked, "What do you see here?"
"The letter T" said the scholar.
"Just as I thought" said the Master. "There's no such things as a letter T; that's a symbol in your head. What you have here is two broken branches in the form of sticks."
"When you speak about Reality" said the Master "you are attempting to put the Inexpressible into words, so your words are certain to be misunderstood. Thus people who read that expression of Reality called the Scriptures become stupid and cruel for they follow, not their commonsense, but what they think their Scriptures say. He had the perfect parable to show this:
A village blacksmith found an apprentice willing to work hard at low pay. The smith immediately begain his instructions to the lad: "When I take the metal out of the fire, I'll lay it on the anvil; and when I nod my head you hit it with the hammer."
The apprentice did precisely what he thought he was told. Next day he was the village blacksmith.
To a disciple who was terrified about making mistakes, the Master said:
"Those who make no mistakes are making the biggest mistake of all - they are attempting nothing new."
"Tell me" said the atheist "is there a God - really?"
Said the Master "If you want me to be perfectly honest with you, I will not answer."
Later the disciples demanded to know why he had not answered.
"Because his question is unanswerable" said the Master.
"So you are an atheist?"
"Certainly not. The atheist makes the mistake of denying that of which nothing may be said."
After pausing to let that sink in, he added "And the theist makes the mistake of affirming it."