It is not the theory that matters, but the way it is being tested

An excerpt from I Am That:

Questioner: There are so many theories about the nature of man and universe. The creation theory, the illusion theory, the dream theory — any number of them. Which is true?

Maharaj: All are true, all are false. You can pick up whichever you like best.

Q:   You seem to favour the dream theory.

M:  These are all ways of putting words together. Some favour one way, some favour another. Theories are neither right nor wrong. They are attempts at explaining the inexplicable. It is not the theory that matters, but the way it is being tested. It is the testing of the theory that makes it fruitful. Experiment with any theory you like — if you are truly earnest and honest, the attainment of reality will be yours. As a living being you are caught in an untenable and painful situation and you are seeking a way out. You are being offered several plans of your prison, none quite true. But they all are of some value, only if you are in dead earnest. It is the earnestness that liberates and not the theory

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3 thoughts on “It is not the theory that matters, but the way it is being tested”

      1. Yes Graham; it’s been many years since I read it (more than once!); and the man himself was the personification of earnestness. It doesn’t mean one can’t retain a sense of humour of course, as well you know, and the utmost conviction and dedication can be assisted by having an occasional laugh at our own absurdity in being.

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