Najrani explains why to ’nearly understand’ is nonsense

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Osho states, “Understanding is not gradual, understanding is a sudden flash.”

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Najrani said, “If you say that you can ’nearly understand’, you are talking nonsense.”

A theologian who liked this phrase asked, “Can you give us an equivalent of this in ordinary life?”

“Certainly,” said Najrani. “It is equivalent to saying that something is ‘almost a circle’.”

There are people who think they can understand – maybe not perfectly but they can understand approximately; this is not possible. Understanding is not gradual, understanding is a sudden flash. Understanding is always total, it is never partial. It is not that you can have it in little chunks, in little bits and pieces. No, understanding is not accumulative. Understanding cannot be divided into parts. When it comes, it comes as a totality. Either it is or it is not.

Osho, Sufis, the People of the Path – Talks on Sufism, Vol 1, Ch 7


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