From: Conscious Living
THE EASIER OF TWO WAYS OF FINDING UNITY IN DIVERSITY
On the temple of Delphi it is written, "Know thyself." How can you
know the self? There are two diverse approaches. Western philosophy
says go from the gross to the grosser and then to the grossest aspect
of life. That is the Western approach. The Eastern approach is to go
from the gross to the subtle and then to the subtlest aspect of life.
Both are searching for unity in diversity. There is no difference.
However, it is easier to go within. Because if you go within, there
is no chance of getting lost. If you go outside, you may get lost.
You may become a victim of worldly charms and temptations. Therefore,
the simple way is to learn to sit still and go within. You don't have
to call it meditation, you can give it any other name.
Man has made many experiments on mind, matter and energy. These
experiments have been made because man wants to attain another level
of consciousness, a higher civilization. He is not attaining it
because there is so much disparity. Those who have attained look like
fools in the world and those who have not attained look like they
If we really want to attain the next step of civilization, a higher
civilization, then we should learn to look within, find within, and
be within. This exploration is missing. I do not say that there is
nothing outside, no, no, no.
So far, do you think that the knowledge you have received in the
external world, is called right knowledge? This knowledge, received
through your sense perception, and by your conceptualization and
analysis is limited. This knowledge is important only for dealing
with the external world, the world of objects.
There is another library within you called the infinite library from
where you receive knowledge. That knowledge does not need
verification. You will never need to ask your spouse, friend, boss or
anybody, "Am I right?" Because you know it and know that you know it.
And there is no conflict, and you don't need any evidence. That state
of mind seems to be the very state of contentment, it brings and
gives you great contentment. Therefore you should learn to meditate.