The phenomenon of intuition is unscientific and irrational, and whenever we are connecting with it, we are in a state that the mind cannot penetrate. Can intuition be explained scientifically? Is it a phenomenon of the mind?
“Intuition cannot be explained scientifically because the very phenomenon is unscientific and irrational.
“The very phenomenon of intuition is irrational.
“In language it looks okay to ask, ‘Can intuition be explained?’ It means: can intuition be reduced to intellect? But intuition means something beyond the intellect, something not of the intellect, something coming from someplace where intellect is totally unaware. So intellect can feel it, but it cannot explain it.
“The leap can be felt because there is a gap. Intuition can be felt by the intellect – it can be noted down that something has happened – but it cannot be explained, because explanation means causality. Explanation means: from where does it come? why does it come? what is the cause? And it comes from somewhere else, not from the intellect itself, so there is no intellectual cause; there is no reason, no link, no continuity in the intellect.…
“This is intuition. It is a different realm of happening that is not related to the intellect at all, although it can penetrate the intellect.
“It must be understood that a higher reality can penetrate a lower reality, but the lower cannot penetrate the higher. So intuition can penetrate intellect because it is higher, but intellect cannot penetrate intuition because it is lower. It is just like your mind can penetrate your body, but your body cannot penetrate the mind. Your being can penetrate the mind, but the mind cannot penetrate the being. That is why, if you are going into the being, you have to separate yourself from body and mind, both. They cannot penetrate a higher phenomenon.
“As you go into a higher reality, the lower world of happenings has to be dropped. There is no explanation of the higher in the lower, because the very terms of explanation are not existential there; they are meaningless. But the intellect can feel the gap, it can know the gap, it can come to feel that ‘something has happened which is beyond me.’ If even this much can be done, the intellect has done much.
“But intellect can also reject. That is what is meant by a faithful mind or a faithless mind. If you feel that what cannot be explained by the intellect is not, then you are a nonbeliever. Then you will continue in this lower existence – tethered to it. Then you disallow mystery, then you disallow intuition to speak to you; this is what a rationalist mind means. The rationalist will not even see that something from beyond has come.
“A rational mind becomes closed, closed within the boundaries of reasoning, and intuition cannot penetrate.
“But you can use the intellect without being closed; then you can use reason as an instrument, but you remain open, you are receptive to the higher. If something comes, you are receptive. Then you can use your intellect as a help: it notes down that ‘something has happened that is beyond me.’ It can help you to understand this gap.
“Beyond that, intellect can be used for expression – not for explanation, for expression. A buddha is totally non-explanatory; he is expressive, but non-explanatory. All the Upanishads are expressive without any explanations. They say, ‘This is such, this is so; this is what is happening. If you want, come in; do not stand outside. No explanation is possible from the inside to the outside, so come in. Become an insider.’ Even if you come inside, things will not be explained to you; you will come to know and feel them. Intellect can try to understand, but it is bound to be a failure. The higher cannot be reduced to the lower.”
Excerpted from Osho, Meditation: The Art of Ecstasy, Talk #14
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