The following is an excerpt from a samvaad (dialogue) session with Acharya Prashant.
Acharya Prashant (AP): ‘If you want to love, you have to love a man with all his limitations.‘ That’s the quote.
‘If you want to love, you have to love a man with all his limitations.’
The question is ‘This has been said, but it is so difficult to do.’
You don’t want to love, and you don’t have to love. This surely is a wise man whom you have quoted. The disconnect is, this man didn’t speak this directly to you, and you have no idea to whom it was said and why it was said. That is the reason why books can be dangerous.
Because what is said, is often, very contextual. The Buddha has said a lot of things and out of that, many things apply only to the audiences to whom he directly spoke. They were not meant for you. That stuff is relevant only, either to a particular person or in a particular time and age. The religious scriptures are all full of so many injunctions which are no more topical today. The context has changed, and some things are timeless, which will always be relevant. Be it the Geeta or the Quran, there is a lot there which was not said to you. And if you stick to that then you will be breaking your head against an imaginary wall.
But priests and our fear has told us that every single word, every single statement of the scriptures has to be revered and accepted just as it is. And if you challenge even one paragraph or even one clause then you are challenging the entire document. It is not so!
India is the place where maximum scriptures were written, and India is also the place where they came to know that scriptures cannot help you beyond a point.
Only direct transmission can help. India has had the greatest libraries. But India has also said that without coming in direct contact with a Teacher, things will not materialise.
You have quoted from Osho. To the one whom Osho spoke, these words would have been life-giving, but to you, these words are just causing confusion. Had there been an Osho in front of you then these words would not have confused. Because the master speaks not only through his words but through his entire presence. You would…