There is a great difference. Looking means you are loo- king for something; you already have some idea to look for. Looking is already prejudiced. A person who is looking for truth will never find it because his eyes are already corrupted; he already has a fixed concept. He is not open. If you have come to me to look for something, then you already have an idea — you will miss me.
Then whatsoever I say, you will interpret according to your idea; and it will not be my meaning, it will be your meaning. You may find yourself agreeing with me, you may find yourself not agreeing with me — but agreeing or not agreeing is not the question at all. You have missed me. You say, “Yes, this man is right” because this man fits with your idea.
Your idea is right so that’s why this man is right. Or, you don’t agree because it doesn’t fit with your idea. But in both cases your idea is more important. Seeing is just clarity — open eyes, open mind, open heart. Not looking for something in particular, just ready and receptive.
Whatsoever happens, you will remain alert, receptive, understanding. A conclusion is not there. A conclusion has to come.
When you are seeing, the conclusion is not already there. When you are looking, the conclusion is already there. And we go on interpreting according to our ideas. Seeing is nude. And you can come to truth only when you are absolutely nude: when you have dropped all that has been given to you, when you come empty handed, not knowing in any way.
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