Is God an Invention of Thought?
“What is religion? Man has sought something that is not of this world. From the most ancient of people till now man has sought something that time, thought, has nothing to do with that. He has sought it. And in his search, he has been trapped by the priests. Priests of the world who become the interpreters of that – we know, you don’t, we will tell you all about it. And the established religions are just nonsense, as far as – please don’t accept this. For the speaker, they are just entertainment, excitement, the thing to do for a while. If you are young you avoid all that nonsense. As you grow older you get frightened, you become this or that. And all the things that are in the churches, temples, and mosques are put together by thought.
God is an invention of thought. So if we can scrap all that from our brain, from our belief, from our hope, then we are free to enquire what is religion. Etymologically that word has not an exact beginning, it is not ‘to bind’ as was originally thought. So we are enquiring into what is the religious mind. Not the believing mind, that is very simple, very easy to explain. But the religious mind, because the religious mind alone can create a new culture; not the believing mind, not the mind that has faith. So we are going to enquire into it, if you are not tired.
To enquire into it very deeply one must ask what is meditation. Not how to meditate, not what are the systems of meditation, whether Eastern, Far Eastern, Near East, or the present gurus (with their – whether gurus from India or gurus from America, they have got systems, methods, which have all become money-making concern. It has no depth to it.) So if you can abolish all that, put aside all that. That means you are free from all authority to enquire what is meditation. To go into it one must be, as we said, be free from fear, pleasure. The ending of sorrow is the beginning of meditation.”
Public Talk 2, New York, 1983
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