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Inference

Inference

Just the other day I was reading a story about a rabbi. Must have been utterly unenlightened. Rabbis are like that — priests. A man came to the rabbi. The man was an atheist, and he said, “I don’t believe in God, and you talk about God. What is the proof?” And the rabbi said, “You come after seven days, and come wearing a new suit.” The man said, “But what does that have to do with my question?” The rabbi said, “It has something to do with it. You just go to the tailor, prepare a new suit, and come after seven days.”

The man came, reluctantly, because he could not see any relationship between his question and the answer that had been given. But he still came; he was wearing a new suit. The rabbi said, “Who has made this suit?” And the man said, “Have you gone mad? What type of a question are you asking? Of course the tailor.” The rabbi said, “The suit is here; it proves that the tailor exists. Without the tailor the suit would not be here. And so is the case with the world. The world is here: there must be a tailor to it, a creator.”

This is inference.

Change the scene. In a small Indian village a mystic is sitting with his disciples. Silently they are sitting; there is tremendous silence. It is a SATSANG — the disciples are drinking the presence of the Master. And there comes an atheist, a scholar, a well-known logician, and he says, “I have come to ask one question. What is the proof of God?” The mystic opens his eyes, and he says, “If you want the proof of God, look into the eyes of the devotees. There is no other proof.”

God exists in the eyes of the devotees. God exists in the vision of the lovers. It is an experience of the deepest core of your being, the heart. There is no other proof. God is not a concept. God is a reality, an experience, a deep subjective experience, the deepest there is. All else is peripheral. God is the experience of your innermost center. When you are centered you know.

-The First Principle, Osho

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