Thought is always dominating, because it is forever in search of
security. This search for what is not, constitutes its unceasing
movement, which does not allow it to see what is. Intelligence,
on the other hand, wants to see and understand ; and thus it does
not move away: its interest is not in searching, but in seeing;
hence it is quiet, does not want domination, because it is not interested
in security in the future; it finds all it needs in understanding,
not in possessing.
Thus, thought seeks security; but intelligence is secure. Whenever
there is searching, there is also activity which leads to conquest.
And so it happens that thought dominates intelligence. Intelligence,
not being interested in domination or conqaest, cannot fight back,
so to speak, for it does not recognize opposition* except as a delusion
of 'self expanding itself through thought. For intelligence to be
unconditioned and free, it need not and cannot suppress thought;
but in seeing what is without comparing without justification or
condemnation, th^ thought-process with its self-conscious memory
and projection of ideals simply fades away in the full glare of
There is a purpose in the domination of thought, for thought has
to continue in order to be secure. Thus, thought has invented ideologies
and ideals for the 'self (that sum-total of the past, of memories,
traditions, beliefs, etc) to exist and to continue.
But, intelligence does not want to continue; it is the response,
not to memory, but to every fresh challenge to be met, to be understood.
Its security, so to speak, lies in the ever-fresh Supply of stimuli,
which are there every moment, as long as there is life. Not seeking
security, it is secure; not seeking movement, it is quiet; not seeking
continuation, it is always new; not seeking possession, it is not
possessed, and hence unconditioned and free.