THE SKILLFUL MEANS OF A SPIRITUAL MASTER
It is true in the beginning that doubt is important in order for one to progress swiftly on the path towards perfect awakening. Doubt helps cultivate your intelligence, it sharpens it. Sincerely questioning makes you aware of many possibilities of which you may not have been aware before. But this is only the beginning of the journey. At the end, when all your questions begins to disappear and one’s understanding and transcendental clarity blossoms like a lotus flower. Yet the real master never gives you the answer; answers only serve to massage the ego if they are given in the first place. It is worth repeating that: the real master never gives you the answer, so you cannot doubt it —doubt or self-deception does not arise. He brings you to a point where all your questions disappear. His answers are spiritually murderous, killing (a good example is the Kalki Avatar whose activities follow this model of Teaching) your questions, destroying them mercilessly, to bring you to a point where there is no question in your consciousness.
The perfect master does not give you any answer that you can doubt. This non-questioning consciousness is the answer. And it is your experience; you cannot doubt it, it is there. From this point, silence and intelligence are just two aspects of the same thing. From this point, not knowing, innocence and knowing are two aspects of the same thing. This is the mysterious world which is available to you if you can pass the jungle of questions and doubts and reach into the clear (an OASIS, where all thirst is quenched fully), where there are no questions and doubts, and no answers either. Just you are in utter silence, with immense clarity, with tremendous sharpness.
That’s why all enlightened philosophers and masters of the past, present and future always appear to be against belief, because it will never allow you to reach to this stage. It will, miserably, stop you in the very beginning of the journey. It will not help to make you more intelligent; it will make you more unintelligent. It will make you more fanatic, superstitious, but it will not allow you to come into the clarity which can be called the very goal of what transpires between master and disciple: the moment of total silence, the moment where everything is crystal clear. This is enough to give an erudition of why the modern day followers of different great masters —Vishnu, Zoroaster, Osho, Jesus, Buddha, Lao, Muhamad and so forth —are unable to find enlightenment: became they are trapped on the initial stage which, as all of these eminent supremely Awakened men have taught, should be fearlessly transcended.
But great trust has to be earned since it leads to the various transcendences and consequent realizations. On the other hand, belief is cheap —anyone can become a Christian or Hindu or Buddhist etc. Transcending belief and doubt brings something totally different, what the wise call ‘trust in existence’. In the dictionaries and encyclopedias, trust and belief and faith are all synonymous — but not in reality. No one in the world can defraud or cheat reality. Reality has always been there and therefore wordlessly knows everything. Belief is diametrically opposite to trust. You believe because you have doubt; the belief is an antidote to doubt, it is a need to cover up the doubt. Trust is when you don’t have any doubt, so trust is not a belief. Belief is always in something — in some doctrine, in some principle, in some philosophy.
Trust is in the totality of the cosmos —enlightenment. It has nothing to do with books—Holy Bibles, Gitas, Korans— no. Then there is only one scripture which is spread all around you — in the trees, in the rivers, in the ocean, in the stars, in everything and everywhere one sees Isness. And you don’t have to read it; you have to be just silent, and it starts showering on you all its wisdom, which is eternal. The wise men and women of the past, present and future appear to be against mere belief because they want you to come to the point of trust, which is the beginning of all enlightenment.