Mysticism –Going Beyond Logic
Sadhguru: Mysticism. What exactly do we understand by the word? That which cannot be understood through logic usually gets termed mystical. Or in other words, that which you are unable to comprehend through the five sense organs gets labeled mystical.
Right now the logical dimension of thought is filtering life through the intellect. The logical process has become so dominant simply because right now perception is limited to the five senses. The very nature of sense perception is such that it always perceives everything in bits and pieces. It always divides everything into at least two. It never perceives anything as one. If you can see one side of your hand you cannot see the other side. This is so even if you take a grain of sand. If you perceive one part of it, you do not perceive another.
The moment you perceive everything through the five sense organs, the world gets divided. Only when there is a division, there is logic. If there is only one, there is no logic. The foundation of the logical mind is in dividing the world. If you do not divide existence, you cannot employ your logic. Sense perception and logical thinking are directly connected.They are complementary to each other.
That dimension of truth, which cannot be boxed into your logical mind, is being labeled “mystical.” When you say, “we want to explore mysticism,” you are saying that you are willing to go beyond your present levels of understanding and experience and look for the truth. Our logical minds will not be of use to us here.
Only what has been fed to you through the filters of your five sense organs is the content of your logic. And these sense organs are not reliable.
Today, neuroscientists are going to great lengths to prove that almost everything that you have known as true until now is false – what you see, hear, smell and taste is not true. It is a big deception. Nothing is the way it seems.
Physicists were telling you this to an extent, but neuroscientists are now confirming it to you. They can prove to you with experimentation that everything that you see around you – the shapes and forms, colors and sizes – none of this is true.
I think, way back, Indian mystics always said everything is maya (illusion). When we say something is an illusion, it does not necessarily mean that it does not exist. It simply means you are not seeing it the way it is.
As you know, what is light for you is darkness for someone else. What is darkness for you is light for someone else. On this planet, there is more life which is nightlife – and I am not talking about city night life! I am talking nocturnal creatures, which outnumber the day creatures by far. If you and an owl sit together and start an argument as to which is light and which is darkness, it would take you into an endless argument!
Maya is not just on this level. Even the very shapes and sizes that you see are not the way they are. There are many tiny creatures which actually do not see you because they do not see sizes beyond a certain proportion at all. It is not relevant to their survival. You do not see all the microbes, do you? In the same manner, they do not see you. You are not important for them.
Our perception through the sense organs is very limited. What we refer to as the mystical is that dimension of life which we are unable to perceive through our sense organs or deduce through our logical process. When our logic fails, anything that does not look logical becomes mysterious. Right now because your perception is limited to the five senses, the mystical can only be a fantastic story that you either believe or disbelieve. I want you to understand the difference between the mystical and the magical.
“Harry Potter” is selling in millions today. That’s not mysticism, that’s magic; and that’s different. When we seek to experience the mystical, we are not looking for entertainment. We are looking for a solution to our lives.
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