Many people believe in God and many people are atheists, they do not believe in God. There also exist many individuals who neither believe nor disbelieve; these last ones try to behave well in life just in case there is a God.
We say that the belief in God does not mean to have experienced that which is the Truth, that which is called God. We say that to doubt the existence of God does not mean to have experienced the Truth. We need to experience that which can transform us radically, that which many call God, Allah, Tao, Zen, Brahma, Inri, etc., etc.
The mind of the believer is bottled in belief and this is not the experience of that which is the Truth, God, Allah, or whatever one wants to call it. The mind of the atheist is embottled in incredulity and neither is this the experience of that which is the truth, God, Brahma, etc, etc. The mind of the one who doubts the existence of God is bottled in scepticism and this is not the truth.
That which Is, that which is the Truth, God, Allah, or however we want to call it or that which has no name, is completely distinct to belief, to denial and to scepticism.
While the mind is bottled in any one of these three factors of ignorance, it cannot experience that which the Chinese call Tao, that which is divine, that which is the truth, God, Allah, Brahma, etc.
Whoever has at sometime experienced that which cannot be defined (because if it is defined it is disfigured), that which some call God, clearly passes through a radical, total, and definitive transformation.
When Pilate asked Jesus, “What is the truth?” Jesus kept silent. When Buddha was asked the same question, he turned his back and withdrew. The Truth is incommunicable, just as the sublime ecstasy that we feel when we contemplate a beautiful sunset is incommunicable. The Truth is a matter of mystical experience and only through samadhi can we experience it.
Everyone can have the luxury of making an opinion about the Truth, but the Truth has nothing to do with opinions. The Truth has nothing to do with the mind; the Truth is something that we can only experience in the absence of the ‘I’.
The Truth comes to us like a thief in the night and when we least expect it. Really, the Truth is something very paradoxical, the one who knows it does not say it and the one who says it does not know it. The Truth is not something still and static, the Truth is what is unknown from moment to moment. The Truth is not a goal that we ought to arrive at. The Truth is found hidden is the depths of each problem of daily life. The Truth does not belong to time or to eternity; the Truth is beyond time and eternity.
Truth, God, Allah, Brahma, or however you want to call that which is the Great Reality, is a series of experiences which are always expansive and each time more and more profoundly significant.
Some people have an idea about the Truth and other people have other ideas; everyone has their own ideas about the Truth, but the truth has nothing to do with ideas, it is completely distinct from all ideas.
In the world there are many people who believe they have the Truth without having ever experienced it in life. These people commonly want to teach the Truth to those who have indeed experienced it at some time. The experience of the Truth without the wise concentration of the mind becomes impossible.
There are two types of concentration: the first is an exclusive type and the second is a full, total, non-exclusive type. True concentration is not the result of options with all its battles, nor is it to choose these or those thoughts.
That which I have an opinion about; that this thought is good or that that one is bad, and vice versa; that I should not think about this and that it is better to think about that, etc., in fact forms conflicts between attention and distraction, and where there are conflicts, the stillness and silence of the mind cannot exist.
We must learn to meditate wisely and as each thought surges forth in the mind, each memory, each image, each idea, each concept, etc, we should watch it, study it, extract from each thought, memory, image, etc., the best. When the parade of thoughts has finished, the mind remains still and in profound silence. Then, the essence of the mind escapes and the experience of That which is the Truth comes.
Our system of concentration excludes nothing, is full, integral. Our system of concentration includes everything and excludes nothing. Our system of concentration is the path that leads us to the experience of the Truth.