If you cannot quieten yourself, what will you ever learn? How will you become free?
Gautam Buddha. The Dhammapada.

Face life and its questions and its realities on your own, even if your own responses are not so great - they cannot be. Of course you cannot respond like a buddha, but by borrowing some answer from Buddha you will never be intelligent enough to become a buddha yourself. Yes, you will commit many errors, many mistakes. Yes, you will go astray many times - go, don′t be worried! Life is meant for that, so that you can try. It is through trials, many errors, many mistakes, that one learns. When you learn by your own efforts you become intelligent. And only an intelligent person can see the beauty of meditation, can understand the significance of meditation.
If you cannot quieten yourself, what will you ever learn?
And all learning happens through meditation; it does not happen through study. That is accumulation of information, it is not learning. Always be alert about borrowed knowledge: howsoever precious it appears it is all false, pseudo - for you. It is not pseudo for the man who has lived it. It is true for Buddha, true for Jesus, true for Krishna, but not for you. You will have to live ...
Buddha also had the scriptures available. He could have read Krishna; the Gita was available. And he was well-educated - he was the son of a king. All the scriptures must have been available to him and great scholars and great teachers were available to him. He could have recited the Gita every day; he could have learned the Gita so absolutely that he would have been able to repeat it just from memory, but then he would have missed buddhahood.


And in Krishna′s time also the Vedas were available, but Krishna did not borrow knowledge from the Vedas. In Jesus′ time the Old Testament was available, but Jesus tried to find out the truth for himself. This is something very essential to understand: truth has to be found by oneself. Only then is it liberating; otherwise it becomes a bondage - a beautiful bondage, but a bondage all the same.
And if you cannot learn ... How will you become free?
It is only by experiencing truth on your own that freedom happens. Freedom is the fragrance of the experience of truth.
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