Jesus says: ”Judge ye not,” and this is one of the greatest sayings ever uttered by any man on the earth. It is one of the most impossible things for the mind. The mind judges immediately; without any grounds the mind makes a judgment.
You have made many judgments without ever looking whether grounds existed for them or not. And if you look deep, you will find Jesus is right. Every judgment is wrong, because the whole world is so deeply interconnected that unless you know the whole you cannot know the part. One thing leads to another because it is interlinked.
The present moment is interlinked with all the past; the present moment is interlinked with all the future. In this moment culminates all eternity. All that has happened is there; all that is happening is there; all that will ever happen is there. How can you judge? The world is not divided. If it was divided then a fragment could be known, but the world is a totality. All judgments are false because they will be partial and they will claim as if they are the whole.
Yes, Jesus is absolutely right: ”Judge ye not,” because the very judgment will close you; it will be a deadness within. Your sensitivity will be lost, and with it your possibility for growth. The moment you judge, you shrink; the moment you judge, you stop; the moment you judge, you are no longer flowering.
So the greatest thing is to be courageous enough not to judge. In fact, to suspend judgment is the greatest courage, because the mind is so eager to judge, to say good or bad, right or wrong. The mind is juvenile, it jumps from one judgment to another. If you ever want to get out of the mind and without it there is no possibility of your inner growth then, ”Judge ye not.”…
And when we say only God knows, it means only the total knows. Judge ye not, otherwise you will never be able to become one with the total. You will be obsessed with fragments, with small things you will jump to conclusions. And Sufis are very insistent on this: that you never bother that there are things which are completely beyond you but even about them you make judgments.
Your consciousness is on a very low rung of the ladder. You live in the dark valley of misery, anguish, and from your darkest valleys of miseries you judge even a buddha. Even a buddha is not left without your judgment. Even a Jesus is judged by you not only judged but crucified, judged and found guilty, judged and punished.
You live in the valley, a dark and damp valley; you have not seen the peaks even in your dreams. You cannot even imagine them, because even imagination needs a base in experience. You cannot dream about something which is absolutely unknown, because even dreaming comes out of your knowledge. You cannot dream about God, you cannot imagine God; you cannot imagine the peaks and the life that exists in a buddha. But you judge.
You say, ”Yes, this man is a buddha, and this man is not a buddha; this man is enlightened and this man is not.” The enlightened person is not harmed by you because he cannot be harmed in any way, but you are harmed by your judgment.
Once you judge you have stopped growing. Judgment means a stale state of mind; now the movement has stopped, the effort to know more has stopped, the effort to grow has stopped. You have already made the judgment and it is finished.
And the mind always wants to be in a judgment because movement is troublesome to be in a process is always hazardous. To come to a conclusion means you have reached the goal; now there is no journey.
A man who wants to journey to the ultimate should make it a basic point not to judge. Very difficult, almost impossible because before you know it, the mind judges. Before you have even become aware of it, the mind has judged. But if you try, by and by, a subtle awareness arises and then you can suspend judgment. If you suspend judgment you have become religious. Then you don’t know what is right and what is wrong.
But ordinarily the people you call religious are the people who know everything what is right and what is wrong, what to do and what not to do. They have all the commandments with them. That’s why religious people become pig-headed, thick-skinned. Their journey has stopped; they are not growing at all. The river is not moving; it has become stale. If you want movement, growth and infinite movement and growth are possible because God is not a static point; God is the total movement of life, of existence if you want to walk with God then you have to move continuously. You have to be continuously on the journey.
In fact, the journey never ends. One path ends, another opens; one door closes, another opens. A higher peak is always there. You reach to a peak and you were just going to rest thinking everything is achieved suddenly a higher peak is still there. From peak to peak, it never comes to an end; it is an endless journey God is an endless journey. That’s why only those who are very, very courageous so courageous that they don’t bother about the goal but are content with the journey; just to move with life, to float with the river, just to live the moment and grow into it only those are able to walk with God.
Goal-oriented people are mediocre all your achievers are mediocre. What can you achieve? Can you achieve the supreme? If you can achieve the supreme, just by your achievement it will not be supreme. If you could achieve it, how can it be supreme? Can you reach to the goal? Then the goal will be less than you. No, the goal cannot be reached. In fact there is no goal, and it is good that there is no goal.
That’s why life is deathless, because every goal will be a death. Then you are no longer needed. A man who judges too much is stopping his growth from everywhere. And once judgments settle inside, you become incapable of seeing the new. The judgment won’t allow it because the judgment will be disturbed by the new. Then you will live with closed eyes.
You are not blind, nobody is blind, but everybody behaves like a blind man has to: judgments are there. If you open your eyes the fear is that you may have to see something, something may be encountered, and you may have to change the judgment. And judgment is so cozy you have settled in a house and forgotten the road, and the journey and the effort and the continuous movement and the danger and the hazards. You have forgotten the adventure…
A man who lives with open eyes is never bored. Life is so enchanting, life is so magical, life is such a miracle. Every moment millions of miracles are happening all around you but you live with closed eyes, with your judgments. (Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh (Osho) – Journey Toward The Heart – Discourses On The Sufi Way)