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To Be Natural Needs Great Courage

Tao knows nothing of discipline. Tao is anarchic, spontaneous, effortless. All disciplines are unnatural – they have to be. Nature needs no discipline, it is sufficient unto itself. Trees and rivers and animals and stars – they don’t know anything of discipline. Discipline is man-created, man-made. and because of discipline man becomes split. One part starts manipulating the other part,  then a rift is created. The mind tries to manipulate the body, and the body tries to manipulate the mind in subtle ways or at least tries to sabotage it. This conflict creates confusion: all conflict is confusion. Because of conflict, the fusion cannot happen:  you cannot be one,  you cannot be fused in one, hence the confusion. And the ultimate result can only be schizophrenia. You go on fighting and fighting, and by and by you are no longer one individual, you become many – at least two, and if worse happens, then many – then you become a crowd. And when you are not one, you cannot be happy.

Happiness is a function of unity. Happiness is the music that happens when you are in unison when everything fits together when everything harmonises when there is no conflict, not even a trace of it when you are an orchestra not a crowd… Nobody is trying to manipulate, nobody is trying to become the master, nobody is trying to exploit, oppress… the whole being is overflowing with joy. Tao is spontaneity, it is not discipline, hence Tao is the ultimate in religion – no religion touches that peak. The moment a religion starts becoming a discipline, it has already fallen very low.

There are three stages of religion.  Just like there is childhood,  youth and old age in the life of a man or a woman, so there are three stages in the life of religion. When religion is born – the childhood of religion, when a Master is alive, fresh, and the energy is flowing from the source and the fragrance is coming, when Buddha is alive or Lao Tzu is alive or Jesus is alive – then religion has its first, virgin, innocent state: the childhood. It is as fresh as the dewdrops in the morning, fresh as the rose flower, fresh as the stars, innocent; it knows no discipline, it knows only spontaneity.

Then, close to a Master people start gathering. That is bound to happen – a magnet is there, people start gathering. The second stage comes to the stage of organic religion. The first stage is individual, rebellious, spontaneous; there is no question of any effort, any discipline, any scripture; God is in the nude, truth is as it is no camouflage, no dressings.  Then people start gathering.  The second stage is not so rebellious for these people, and, because of these people,  by and by discipline arises.  The Master goes on talking of spontaneity, but the followers cannot understand spontaneity; they translate it in terms of disciplining themselves. The Master says ’Just be’. they ask ’How to be?’  Their question of the ’how’ by and by brings in the discipline; they create the discipline. Let me say it in this way: the Master brings spontaneity, the disciples bring discipline.

The words ’disciple’ and ’discipline’ come from the same root When disciples have gathered about a Master, they start translating what he is saying, what he means. They start interpreting, and of course, they interpret according to their minds – there is no other way. If you interpret at all, you will misinterpret. The real disciple is one who does not interpret, who does not translate, who listens passively,  who is not asking ’how’, who is not in a hurry to get some result, who is not goal-oriented, who is not greedy.  The greedy disciple immediately creates a discipline.  This is the second stage – still alive;  I call this stage the organic stage of religion. The Master is there, the disciples have come, there is organic unity but…In the first stage, there was only the centre,  now there is a circumference, and the circumference will go on becoming bigger and bigger and bigger, and the bigger it is the less true it will be. The further away the circumference goes from the centre, the further away it goes from the truth, innocence.  It becomes knowledge, it becomes a discipline, dogma, but still, a little light comes through all these screens.

Then,  at the third stage when the Master is gone,  religion becomes an organised religion.   It is no longer organic now because the centre has disappeared. Now the circumference tries to exist without the centre – it becomes a church, a creed, theology. Now religion is very old; and someday, somewhere, the religion dies but the church continues. You ask ’Where does educate the subconsciousness conflict or harmonise with Tao, as it implies discipline with self-effort from an external expression?’

Tao never allowed itself to become even an organic religion – naturally, it never allowed itself to become a church. It has remained spontaneous, hence there are no followers, there is no church like the Vatican, or the Shankaracharya – nothing like that. Tao has remained available for those who are courageous enough to be spontaneous. It needs great courage to be spontaneous because to be spontaneous means to remain in a state of constant uncontrol. Spontaneity means not to interfere with your nature – let it be whatsoever it is and let it go wherever it is moving; to be like the wind, to be like a river not knowing where it is going – not caring where it is going, not bothering, not trying to plan, not trying to project.

To be natural needs great courage, hence there are very few people who have attained to Tao. There are millions of Christians, millions of Mohammedans, millions of Hindus, millions of Buddhists, but Tao has remained a transcendence, a fragrance – untethered, unimprisoned – hence its beauty, its sublime exquisiteness, its superb truth. The superconscious, the conscious, the unconscious: these divisions exist because you nave tried discipline, otherwise, there is an indiscriminate consciousness inside you. There are no divisions. Freudians, Jungians, Adlerians, and other psychologists, talk as if these divisions were naturally there as if they were part of the facticity of humanity. They are not right. The unconscious exists because man has repressed; the moment repression disappears, the unconscious also disappears. The unconscious is not a natural division of your consciousness. You have done something with your consciousness: you have forced many things inside your being which you don’t want to look at; you avoid, hence the creation of the unconscious.

A Buddha knows no unconscious. I don’t know any unconscious.   All that is in me I am aware of, I allow it, it is in my vision; there is no dark basement where I go on throwing things. The basement starts existing only when you start repressing. Repression creates divisions, then you become more and more confined because you cannot look deeper:  you are afraid,  you cannot dare, you cannot afford to… The unconscious is created. Once the unconscious is created,  then there is a small overlapping of the conscious and the unconscious; that is called the subconscious. The unconscious means complete darkness, the conscious means light. Of course, between this darkness and light, there is an overlap, a small boundary, which is neither dark nor light: that is the subconscious.

These three divisions exist because of you, not because of nature. But psychologists go on talking as if they have found some natural division. There is no division at all. The moment you allow spontaneity to explode, your consciousness starts spreading. One day your whole becoming light; there are no dark corners because there is nothing to hide. You stand nude to your own vision… nothing to hide, nothing to escape from, nothing to be afraid of – you have accepted yourself. In deep acceptance, you become one.

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