BORROWED KNOWLEDGE IS IGNORANCE
All our religious scholars and leaders are nothing but memories, trained memories. They don’t know what they are saying, but they say it correctly. Their language is right, their grammar is right, their pronunciation is right, their accent is right, but all these are futile because they don’t know the meaning, they have never lived it. They are millions of miles away from knowing the true God. That meaning comes through living, through experiencing. But they prefer to remain in a deception, and they spread the same deception to other people.
The modern religious and spiritual leaders are not doing, intentionally, any crime. They are fast asleep; they cannot do anything intentionally! They are living an unconscious life. Their words are beautiful — they have collected them from beautiful sources — but the words have not grown within their being. The words are not part of their life. They are as ignorant as the people they are teaching.
Socrates used to say that there is a knowledge which is ignorant, and there is an ignorance which is knowledge. Borrowed knowledge is ignorance. Experienced truth makes you not knowledgeable, but humble. The more you know it, the less you claim to know it. The day you know it perfectly, you can only say, “I am utter ignorance. I am just a child, collecting seashells on the beach. I know nothing.” “I do not know,” can only be said by a man who knows perfectly. The people who say, “We know,” are utterly ignorant people — their memories are full. And those memories are dead, because they have not given birth to any experience of their own.