Don't call it uncertainty -- call it wonder.
Don't call it insecurity -- call it freedom.
I am not here to give you a dogma -- a dogma makes one certain.
I am not here to give you any promise for the future -- any promise for the future makes one secure.
I am here simply to make you alert and aware -- that is, to be here now, with all the insecurity that life is, with all the uncertainty that life is, with all the danger that life is.
I know you come here seeking some certainty, some creed, some "ism," somewhere to belong to, someone to rely upon. You come here out of your fear. You are searching for a sort of beautiful imprisonment - so that you can live without any awareness.
I would like to make you more insecure, more uncertain - because that's how life is, that's how God is. When there is more insecurity and more danger, the only way to respond to it is by awareness.
There are two possiblities. Either you close your eyes and become dogmatic, become a Christian or a Hindu or a Mohammedan… then you become life an ostrich. It doesn't change life; it simply closes your eyes. It simply makes you stupid, it simply makes you unintelligent. In your unintelligence you feel secure - all idiots feel secure. In fact, only idiots feel secure. A really alive man will always feel insecure. What security can there be?
Life is not a mechanical process; it cannot be certain. It is an unpredictable mystery. Nobody knows what is going to happen the next moment. Not even God that you think resides somewhere in the seventh heaven, not even he - if he is there - not even he knows what is going to happen!… because if he knows what is going to happen then life is just bogus, then everything is written beforehand, then everything is destined beforehand. How can he know what is going to happen next, if the future is open?
If God knows what is going to happen the next moment, then life is just a dead, mechanical process. Then there is no freedom, and how can life exist without freedom? Then there is no possiblity to grow or not to grow. If everything is predestined, then there is no glory, no grandeur. Then you are just robots.
No, nothing is secure. That is my message. Nothing can be secure, because a secure life will be worse than death. Nothing is certain. Life is full of uncertainties, full of suprises - that is its beauty! You can never come to a moment when you can say "Now I am certain." When you say you are certain, you simply declare your death; you have commited suicide.
Life goes on moving with a thousand and one uncertainties. That's its freedom. Don't call it insecurity.
I can understand why mind call freedom "insecurity"… Have you lived in a jail for a few months or a few years? If you have lived in a jail for a few years, when the day of release comes, the prisoner starts feeling uncertain about the future. Everything was certain in the jail; everything was dead routine. His food was supplied, protection was given to him; there was no fear that he would be hungry next day and there would be no food - nothign life that, everything was certain. Now, suddenly, after many years the jailer comes and says to him "Now you are going to be released." He starts trembling. Outside the walls of the prison, again there will be uncertainties; again he will have to seek, search; again he will have to live in freedom.
Freedom creates fear. People talk about freedom, but they are afraid. And a man is not yet a man if he is afraid of freedom. I give you freedom; I don't give you security. I give you understanding; I don't give you knowledge. Knowledge will make you certain. If I can give you a formula, a set formula, that there is a God and there is a Holy Ghost and there is an only begotten son, Jesus; there is hell and heaven, and there are the good acts and these are the bad acts; do the sin and you will be in hell, do what I call the virtuous acts and you will be in heaven - finished! - then you are certain. That's why so many people have chosen to be Christians, to be Hindus, to be Mohammedans, to be Jainas - they don't want freedom, they want fixed formulas.
A man was dying - suddenly, in an accident on a road. Nobody knew that he was a Jew, so a priest was called, a catholic priest. He leaned close to the man - and the man was dying, in the last throes of death - and the priest said, "Do you believe in the Trinity og God the Father, the Holy Ghost, and the son Jesus?"
The man opened his eyes and he said, "Look, here I am dying - and he is talking riddles!"
When death knocks at your doot, all your certainties will be simply riddles and foolish. Don't cling to any certainty. Life is uncertain - its very nature is uncertain. And an intelligent man always remains uncertain.
This very readiness to remain in uncertainty is courage. This very readiness to be in uncertainty is trust. An intelligent person is one who remains alert whatsoever the situation - and responds to it with his whole heart. Not that he knows what is going to happen, not that he knows "Do this and that will happen" Life is not a science; it is not a cause-and-effect chain. Heat the water to a hundred degrees and it evaporates - it is a certainty. But in real life, nothign is certain like that.
Each individual is a freedom, an unknown freedom. It is impossible to predict, impossible to expect. One has to live in awareness and in understanding.
You come to me seeking knowledge; you want set formulas so that you can cling to them. I don't give you any. In fact, if you have any, I take them away! By and by, I destroy your certainty; by and by, I make you more and more hesitant; by and by, I make you more and more insecure. That is the only thing that has to be done. That's the only thing a Master needs to do! - to leave you in totla freedom. In total freedom, with all the possibilities opening, nothing fixed… you will have to be aware - nothing else is possible.
This is what I call understanding. If you understand, insecurity is an intrinsic part of life - and good that it is so, because it makes life a freedom, it makes life a continuous surprise. One never knows what is going to happen. It keeps you continuously in wonder. Don't call it uncertainty - call it wonder. Don't call it insecurity - call it freedom.
You cannot be truthful if you are not courageous
You cannot be loving if you are not courageous
You cannot be trusting if you are not courageous
You cannot inquire into reality if you are not courageous
Hence courage comes first
and everything else follows.
What is courage ?
In the beginning there is not much difference between the coward and the courageous person. The only difference is, the coward listens to his fears and follow them, and the courageous person puts them aside and goes ahead.
The courageous person goes into the unknown in spite of all the fears.
Courage means going into the unknown in spite of all the fears. Courage does not means fearlessness. Fearlessness happens if you go on being courageous and more courageous. That is the ultimate experience of courage - fearlessness; That is the fragrance when the courage has become absolute. But in the beginning there is not much difference between the coward and the courageous person.
When you go into the uncharted sea, like Columbus did, there is fear, immense fear, because one never knows what is going to happen. You are leaving the shore of safety. You were perfectly okay, in a way; only one thing was missing - adventure. Going into the unknown gives you a thrill. The heart starts pulsating again; again you are alive, fully alive. Every fiber of your being is alive because you have accepted the challenge of the unknown.
To accept the challenge of the unknown, in spite of all fears, is courage. The fears are there, but if you go on accepting the challenge again and again, slowly slowly those fears disappear. The experience of the joy that the unknown brings, the great ecstasy that starts happening with the unknown, makes you strong enough, gives you a certain integrity, makes your intelligence sharp. For the first time you start feeling that life is not just a boredom but an adventure. Then slowly fears disappear; then you are always seeking and searching for some adventure.
But basically courage is risking the known for the unknown, the familiar for the unfamiliar, the comfortable for the uncomfortable, arduous pilgrimage to some unknown destination. One never knows whether one will be able to make it or not. It is gambling, but only the gamblers know what life is.
The Tao of courage
Life does not listen to your logic; it goes one its own way, undisturbed. You have to listen to life; life will not listen to your logic, it does not bother about your logic.
When you move into life, what do you see? A great storm comes, and big trees fall. They should survive, according to Charles Darwin, because they are the fittest, strongest, most powerful. Look at an ancient tree, three hundred feet high, thress thousand years old. The very presence of the tree creates strenght, gives a feeling of strengh and power. Millions of roots have spread inside the earth, gone deep, and the tree is standing with power. Of course the tree fights - it doesn't want to yield, to surrender - but after the storm, it has fallen, it is dead, it is no longer alive, and all that strenght has gone. The storm was too much - the storm is always too much, because the storm comes from the whole, and a tree is just an individual.
Then there are small plants and ordinary grass - when the storm comes the grass yields, and the storm cannot do any harm to it. At the most it can give it a good cleansing, that's all; all the dirt that has gathered on it is washed away. The storm gives it a good bath, and when the storm has gone, the small plants and the grasses are again dancing high. The grass has almost no roots, it can be pulled out by a small child, but the storm was defeated. What happened?
The grass followed the way of Tao, the way of Lao Tzu, and the big tree followed Charles Darwin. The big tree was very logical: it tried to resist, it tried to show its strength. If you try to show your strength, you will be defeated.
All Hitlers, Napoleons, Alexanders are big trees, strong trees. They will all be defeated. Lao Tzus are just like small plants: nobody can defeat them because they are always ready to yield. How can you defeat a person who yields, who says "I am already defeated" who says "Sir, you enjoy your victory, there is no need to create any trouble. I'm defeated." Even an Alexander will feel futile before Lao Tzu, he cannot do anything. It happened; it happened exactly like that…
A sannyasin, a mystic by the name of Dandamis, existed in the days of Alexander, in the days when Alexander was in India. Friends had told Alexander when he was leaving for India that when he came back he should bring a sannyasin, because that rare flower flowered only in India. They said: "We would like to see the phenomenon of sannyas, what it is, what exactly a sannyasin is."
He was so engaged in war and struggle and fight that he almost forgot about it, but when he was going back, just on the boudary of India, he suddenly remembered. He was leaving the last village, so he asked his soldiers to go into the village and inquire if there was a sannyasin around there somewhere. By accident Dandamis was there in the village, by the riverside, and the people said "You have come at the right time. There are many sannyasins, but a real sannyasin is always rare, and he is here now. You can have darshan, you can go and visit him."
Alexander laughted. He said "I'm not here to have darshan, my soldiers will go and fetch him. I will take him back to the capital of my country."
The villagers said "It won't be so easy…"
Alexander could not believe it - what difficulty could there be? He had conquered emperors, great kings, so with a beggar, a sannyasin, what difficulty could there be? His soldiers went to see this Dandamis, who was standing naked on the bank of the river. They said "Alexander the Great invited you to accompany him to his country. All comforts, whatsoever you need, will be provided. You will be a royal guest."
The nakef fakir laughed and said "You go and tell your master that a man who calls himself great cannot be great. And nobody can take me anywhere - a sannyasin moves like a cloud, in total freedom. I am not enslaved to anybody."
They said "You must have heard about Alexander, he is a dangerous man. If you say no to him, he won't listen, he will simply cur your head off!"
Alexander had to go, because the soldiers said "He is a rare man, luminous, there is something of the unknown around him. He is naked, but you don't feel in his presence that he is naked - later on you remember. He is so powerful that in his presence you simply forget the whole world. He is magnetic, and a great silence surrounds him and the whole area feels as if it is delighting in the man. He is worth seeing, but there seems to be trouble ahead for him, the poor man, because he says that nobody can take him anywhere, that he is nobody's slave."
Alexander went to see him with a naked sword in his hand. Dandamis laughed and said "Put down your sword, it is useless here. Put it back in the sheath; it is useless here because you can cut only my body, and that I left long ago. Your sword cannot cut me, so put it back; don't be childish."
And it is said that this was the first time Alexander followed somebody else's order; just because of the very presence of the man, he couldn't remember who he was. He put his sword back in the sheath and said "I have never come across such a beautiful man." And when he was back in his camp he said "It is difficult to kill a man who is ready to die, it is meaningless to kill him. You can kill a person who fights, then there is some meaning in killing; bu you can't kill a man who is ready and who is saying "This is my head, you can cut it off."
And Dandamis actually said "This is my head, you can cut it off. When the head falls, you will see it falling on the sand and I will also see it falling on the sand, because I am not my body. I am a witness."
Alexander had to report to his friends "There were sannyasins that I could have brought, but they were not sannyasins. Then I came across a man who was really something rare - and you have heard rightly, this flower is rare, but nobody can force him because he is not afraid of death. When a person is not afraid of death, how can you force him to do anything?"
It is your fear that makes you a slave - it is your fear. When you are fearless you are no longer a slave; in fact, it is your fear that forces you to make others slaves before they can try to make a slave out of you.
A man who is fearless is neither afraid of anybody nor makes anybody afraid of him. Fear totally disappears.
The way of the heart
The word courage is very interesting. It comes from a Latin root cor, which means "heart". So to be courageous means to live with the heart. And weaklings, only weaklings, live with the head; afraid, they create a security of logic around themselves. Fearful, they close every window and door - with theology, concepts, words, theories - and inside those closed doors and windows, they hide.
The way of the heart is the way of courage. It is to live in insecurity; it is to live in love, and trust; it is to move in the unknown. It is leaving the past and allowing the future to be. Courage is to move on dangerous paths. Life is dangerous, and only cowards can avoid the danger - but then, they are already dead.
A person who is alive, really alive, vitally alive, will always move into the unknown. There is danger there, but he will take the risk. The heart is always ready to the risk, the heart is a gambler. The heart is a businessman. The head always calculates - it is cunning. The heart is noncalculating.
This english word courage is beautiful, very interesting. To live through the heart is to do discover meaning. A poet lives through the heart and, by and by, in the heart he starts listening to the sounds of the unknown. The head cannot listen; it is very far away from the unknown. The head is filled with the known.
What is your mind? it is all that you have known. It is the past, the dead, that which has gone. Mind is nothing but the accumulated past, the memory. Heart is the future; heart is always the hope, heart is always somewhere in the future. Head things about the past; heart dreams about the future.
The future is yet to come. The future is yet to be. The future has yet a possibility - it will come, it is already coming. Every moment the future is becoming the present, and the present is becoming the past. That past has no possibility, it has been used. You have already moved away from it - it is exhausted, it is a dead thing, it is like a grave. The future is like a seed; it is coming, ever coming, always reaching and meeting with the present. You are always moving. The present is nothing but a movement into the future. It is the step that you have already taken; it is going into the future.
Everybody in the world wants to be true because just to be true brings so much joy and such an abundance of blissfulness - why should one be false? You have to have the courage for a little deeper insight: Why are you afraid? What can the world do to you? People can laugh at you, it will do them good - laughter is always a medicine, healthful. People can thing you are mad… just because they think you are mad, you don't become mad.
And if you are authentic about your joy, your tears, your dance, sooner or later there will be people who will start understanding you, who may start joining your caravan. I myself had started alone on the path, and then people went on coming and it became a worldwide caravan! And I have not invited anybody; I have simply done whatever I felt was coming from my heart.
My responsability is toward my heart, not toward anybody else in the world. So is your responsability only toward your own being. Don't go against it, because going against it is commiting suicide, is destroying yourself. And what is the gain? Even if people give you respect, and people think that you are a very sober, respectable, honorable man, these things are not going to nourish your being. They are not going to give you any more insight into life and its tremendous beauty.
What is courage?
How many millions of people have lived before you on this earth? You don't even know their names, whether they ever lived or not does not make any difference. There have been saints and there have been sinners, and there have been very respectable people, and there have been all kinds of eccentrics, crazy, but they have all disappeared - not even a trace has remained on the earth.
Your sole concern should be to take care of and protect those qualities that you can take with you when death destroys your body, your mind, because these qualities will be your sole companions. They are the only real values, and the people who attain them - only they live; others only pretend to live.
The KGB knocks on Yussel Finkelstein's door one dark night. Yussel opens the door. The KGB man barks out: "Does Yussel Finkelstein live here?"
"No" replies Yussel, standing there in his frayed pajamas.
"No? So what is your name then?"
The KGB man knocks him to the ground and says,
"Did you just say that you did not live here?"
Yussel replies "You call this living?"
Just living is not always living. Look at your life. Can you call it a blessing? Can you call it a gift, a present of existence? Would you like this life to be given to you again and again?
Don't listen to the scriptures - listen to your own heart. That is the only scripture I prescribe: listen very attentively, very consciously, and you will never be wrong. And listening to your own heart, you will never be divided. Listening to your own heart, you will start moving in the right direction, without ever thinking of what is right and what is wrong.
The whole art for the new humanity will consist in the secret of listening to the heart consciously, alertly, attentively. And follow it, go wherever it takes you. Yes, sometimes it will take you into dangers - but remember, those dangers are needed to make you ripe. Sometimes it will take you astray - but remember again, those goings astray are part of growth. Many times you will fall - rise up again, because this is how one gathers strength, by falling and rising again. This is how one becomes integrated.
But don't follow rules imposed from the outside. No imposed rule can ever be right - because rules are invented by people who want to rule you! Yes, sometimes there have been great enlightened people in the world, too - a Buddha, a Jesu, a Krishna, a Mohammed. They have not given rules to the world - they have given their love. But sooner or later, the disciples gather together and start making codes of conduct. Once the Master is gone, once the light is gone and they are in deep darkness, they start groping for certain rules to follow, because now the light in which they could have seen is no longer there. Now they will have to depend on rules.
What Jesus did was his own heart's whispering, and what Christians go on doing is not their own hearts' whispering. They are imitators - and the moment you imitate you insult your humanity, you insult your God.
Never be an imitator, be always original. Don't become a carbon copy. But that's what is happening all over the world - carbon copies and carbon copies.
Life is really a dance if you are an original - and you are meant to be an original. Just look how different Krishna is from Buddha. If Krishna had followed Buddha, we would have missed one of the most beautiful men of this earth. Or if Buddha had followed Krishna, he would have been just a poor specimen. Just think of Buddha playing on the flute! He would have disturbed many people's sleep, he was not a flute player.
Just think of Buddha dancing; it looks so ridiculous, just absurd.
And the same is the case with Krishna. Sitting underneath a tree with no flute, with no crown of peacock feathers, with no beautiful clothes - just sitting like a beggar under a tree with closed eyes, nobody dancing around him, nothing of the dance, nothing of the song - and Krishna would look so poor, so impoverished.
A Buddha is a Buddha, a Krishna is a Krishna, and you are you. And you are not in any way less than anybody else.
Respect yourself, respect your own inner voice and follow it.
And remember, I am not guaranteeing you that it will always lead you to the right. Many times it will take you to the wrong, because to come to the right door one has to knock first on many wrong doors. That's how it is. If you suddenly stumble upon the right door, you will not be able to recognize that it is right. So remember, in the ultimate reckoning no efforts is ever wasted; all efforts contribute to the ultimate climax of your growth.
So don't be hesitant, don't be worried too much about going wrong. That is one of the problems: people have been taught never to do anything wrong, and then they become so hesitant, so fearful, so frightened of doing wrong, that they become stuck. They cannot move, something wrong may happen. So they become like rocks, they lose all movement.
Commit as many mistakes as possible, remembering only one thing: don't commit the same mistake again. And you will be growing. It is part of your freedom to go astray, it is part of your dignity to go even against God. And it is sometimes beautiful to go even against God. This is how you will start having a spine; otherwise there are millions of people, spineless.
Forget all about what you have been told, "This is right and this is wrong." Life is not so fixed. The thing that is right today may be wrong tomorrow, the thing that is wrong this moment may be right the next moment. Life cannot be pigeonholed; you cannot lavel it so easily. "This is right and this is wrong." Life is not a chemist's shop where every bottle is laveled and you know what is what. Life is a mystery: one moment something fits and then it is right; another moment, so much water has gone down the Ganges that it no longer fits and it is wrong.
What is my definition of right? That which is harmonious with existence is right, and that which is disharmomious with existence is wrong. You will have to be very alert each moment, because it has to be decided each moment afresh. You cannot depend on ready-made answers for what is right and what is wrong. Only stupid people depend on ready-made answers because then they need not be intelligent, there is no need. You already know what is right and what is wrong, you can memorize the list; the list is not very big.
The Ten Commandments - so simple! - you know what is right and what is wrong. But life goes on changing continuously. If Moses comes back, I don't think he will give you the same ten commandments - he cannot. After three thousand years, how can he give you the same commandments? He will have to invent something new.
But my own understanding is this: Whenever commandments are given, they create difficulties for people because by the time they are given they are already out of date. Life moves so fast; it is a dynamism, it is not static. It is not stagnant pool, it is a Ganges, it goes on flowing. It is never the same for two consecutive moments. So one thing may ve right this moment and may not be right the next.
Then what to do? The only possible thing is to make people so aware that they themselves can decide how to respond to a changing life.
A Zen story:
There were two temples, rivals. Both the masters - they must have been only so-called masters, must have really been priests - were so much against each other that they told their followers never to look at the other temple.
Each of the priests had a boy to serve him, to go and fetch things for him, to go on errands. The priest of the first temple told his boy servant: "Never talk to the other boy. Those people are dangerous."
But boys are boys. One day they met on the road, and the boy from the first temple asked the other: "Where are you going?". The other said "Wherever the wind takes me." He must have been listening to great Zen things in the temple; he said "Wherever the wind takes me." A great statement, pure Tao.
But the first boy was very much embarassed, offended, and he could not find how to answer him. Frustrated, angry, and also feeling guilty… "My master said not to talk with these people. These people really are dangerous. Now, what kind of answer is this? He has humiliated me."
He went to his master and told him what happened: "I am sorry that I talked to him. You were right, those people are strange. What kind of answer is this? I asked him: Where are you going? - a simple, formal question - and I knew he was going to the market, just as I was going to the market. But he said: Wherever the wind takes me."
The master said: "I warned you, but you didn't listen. Now look, tomorrow you stand at the same place again. When he comes ask him: Where are you going? and he will say: Wherever the wind takes me. Then you also be a little more philosophical. Say: If you don't have any legs, then? - because the soul is bodiless and the wind cannot take the soul anywhere - what about that?
The boy wanted to be absolutely ready; the whole night he repeated it again and again and again. And the next morning very early he went there, stood on the right spot, and at the exact time the other boy came. He was very happy, now he was going to show him what realy philosophy is. So he asked: Where are you going? And he was waiting…
But the boy said: "I am going to fetch vegetables from the market."
Now, what to do with the philosophy he had learned?
Life is like taht. You cannot prepare for it, you cannot be ready for it. That's its beauty, that's its wonder, that it always takes you unawares, it always comes as a surprise. If you have eyes you will see that each moment is a surprise and a no ready-make answer is ever applicable.
The way of intelligence
Intelligence is aliveness, it is spontaneity. It is openness, it is vulnerability. It is impartialtiy, it is the courage to function without conclusions. And why do I say it is a courage? It is a courage because when you function out of a conclusion the conclusion protects you; the conclusion gives you security, safety. You know it well, you know how to come to it, you are very efficient with it. To function without a conclusion is to function in innoncence. There is no security; you may go wrong, you may go astray.
One who is ready to go on the exploration called truth has to be ready also to commit many errors, mistakes - has to be able to risk.
One may go astray, but that is how one arrives. Going many many times astray, one learns how not to go astray. Committing many mistakes, one learns what is a mistake and how not to commit it. Knowing what is error, one comes closer and closer to what is truth. It is an individual exploration; you cannot depend on other's conclusions.
You were born as a no-mind. Let this sink into your heart as deeply as possible because through that, a door opends. If you were born as a no-mind, then the mind is just a social product. it is nothing natural, it is not cultivated. It has been put together on top of you. Deep down you are still free, you can get out of it. One can never get out of neture, but one can get out of the artificial any moment one decides to.
Existence precedes thinking. So existence is not a state of mind, it is a state beyond. To be, not to think, is the way to know the fundamental. Science means thinking, philosophy means thinking. Theology means thinking. Religiousness does not mean thinking. The religious approach is a nonthinking approach. It is more intimate, it brings you closer to reality. It drops all that hinders, it unblocks you; you start flowing into life. You don't think that you are separate, looking. You don't think that you are a watcher, aloof, distant. You meet, mingle, and merge into reality.
And there is a different kind of knowing. It cannot be called "knowledge". It is more like love, less like knowledge. It is so intimate that the world knowledge is not sufficient to express it. The word love is more adequate, more expressive.
In the history of human consciousness, the first thing that evolved was magic. Magic was a combination of science and religion. Magive had something of the mind and something of the no-mind. Then out of magic grew philosophy. Then out of philosophy grew science. Magic was both no-mind and mind. Philosophy was only mind. And then mind plus experimentation became science. Relifiousness is a state of no-mind.
Religiousness and science are the two approaches to reality. Science approach through the secondary; religiousness goes direct. Science is an indirect appraoch; religiousness is an immediate approach. Science goes round and round; religiousness simply penetrates to the heart of reality.
A few more things… Thinking can think only about the known - it can chew the already chewed. Thinking can never be original. How can you think about the unknown? Whatsoever you can manage to think will belongs to the known. You can think only because you know. At the most, thinking can create new combinations. You can think about a horse who flies in the sky, who is made of gold, but nothing is new. You know birds who fly in the sky, you know gold, you know horses; you combine the three together. At the most, thinking can imagine new combinations, but it cannot know the unknown. The unknown remains beyond it. So thinking goes in a circle, goes on knowing the known again and again and again. it goes on chewing the chewed. Thinking is never original.
To come upon reality originally, radically, to come upon reality without any mediator - to come upon reality as if you are the first person to exist - that is liberating. That very newness of it liberates.
Truth is an experience, not a belief. Truth never comes by studying about it; truth has to be encountered, truth has to be faced. The person who studies about love is like the person who studies about the Himalayas by looking at the map of the mountains. The map is not the mountain! And if you start believing in the map, you will go on missing the mountain. If you become too much obsessed with the map, the mountain may be there just in fron of you but still you will not be able to see it.
And that's how it is. The mountain is in front of you, but your eyes are full of maps - maps of the mountain, maps about the same mountain, made by different explorers. Somebody has climbed the mountain from the north side, somebody from the east. They have mode different maps; Koran, Bible, Gita - different maps of the same truth. But you are too full of the maps, too burdened by their weight; you cannot move even an inch. You cannot see the mountain just standing in front of you, its virgin snow peaks shinning.