Tao is sublime laziness. It does not believe in aggression; it does not believe in the male element. Tao is feminine: passivity. receptivity. Try to understand this. There are two ways to approach the truth. One way is that of aggression, almost like rape. That’s why I always say science has raped: it is aggressive, it has been coercive on nature, it has forced nature to reveal its secrets. It is very crude, primitive because one has to rape only when one cannot love. A rapist is one who is incapable of love. If you can love a woman, can you even think of raping a woman? It will not even come into your dreams – it is impossible. When one fails in loving then the rape arises. Violence arises only when love fails, aggression arises only when love fails. Science is a failure – failure in the sense that we could not persuade nature. It would have been better to persuade.
Tao persuades nature. There is no need to coerce; love, and by and by nature reveals its secrets to you. Science tries to force. You come to know some facts but they are ugly, they are abortive, they are not naturally born, and something of your violence goes on echoing and re-echoing. So, it is not just a coincidence that science has led to more and more violence in the world: science is violent. It is just coincidence that science has culminated in atom and hydrogen bombs – they are a natural corollary to it. Science is coercion, and coercion ultimately ends in violence; and if we don’t become aware, science is going to become suicide, a universal suicide. One day or other, man is going to commit suicide, because if you force nature violently there are going to be repercussions from it. And the violence that you do to nature will come back on you.
Things happen in such a subtle way that sometimes one is not aware of. Adolf Hitler destroyed the Jews in Germany. He expelled Albert Einstein because he was a Jew. He could never have thought that the expulsion of this one man from Germany would be the end of his whole effort, would be the end of Fascism. Albert Einstein was turned out of Germany; he sought asylum in America, and he wrote a letter to Roosevelt proposing that atom bombs could be created. It was Albert Einstein who became instrumental in creating the first atom bomb, and that every atom bomb was dropped on Hiroshima. And it destroyed the Fascists and the Nazis, and Adolf Hitler, and all his dreams of a one-thousand-year rule over the world. Now, if you look back, the thing seems to be very simple. He turned out Albert Einstein, and he could not have even imagined that this turning away of Albert Einstein would be his end. If Albert Einstein were not turned out of Germany, Hitler might have ruled the whole world. But a Jew turned out of the country was not at all significant in his eyes. That Jew proved his undoing: in a roundabout way the atom bomb was created.
Life is very deeply interconnected: whatsoever happens here will have repercussions there.
Tao says: Never coerce nature, otherwise nature will throw all coercion back on you, and you will be destroyed. Persuade, love. And, as Tao says don’t coerce outer nature, Tao says don’t coerce inner nature too. Science tries to coerce outer nature; Yoga tries to coerce inner nature – so science and Yoga can go together very well; they are fellow-travellers. Einstein could have understood Patanjali very easily, and Patanjali could have understood Einstein very easily. But neither Einstein nor Patanjali would have been able to conceive of what Lao Tzu is saying. He would look mad; he would look absurd. He brings a totally different dimension into the world – the dimension of the feminine.
Man is aggressive, a woman is receptive. The woman is a womb: receptivity. Lao Tzu says that truth has to be received, not sought. Seek, and you will never find, says Lao Tzu. Wait, wait in openness, wait in vulnerability and you will find, because the truth will come to you. Invite, and wait. Love, and wait. Be in a let-go. That is the meaning when I say ’sublime laziness’. It is inactivity, yet it is not lethargy; inactivity, yet full of radiance; not doing anything, but pulsating with energy. In fact, a person who is not doing anything should pulsate with tremendous energy, because he is not putting his energy anywhere; so, energy is accumulating: he becomes a reservoir – radiant, alive, throbbing, streaming. In that great energy-moment which is yet inactive, truth happens – hence I call it ’sublime laziness’. The active person loses energy; the active person is destroying, dissipating, his energy. The inactive person accumulates, so it is not lethargy. A person who is lethargic is inactive and has no energy; he is impotent.
Just a few days ago I was talking about Ashtavakra. Yes, he is exactly like Lao Tzu; he also praises the quality of sublime laziness. He calls it ALASI SHIROMANI. the emperor of laziness, a great king of laziness, the highest peak of laziness. But remember inactivity plus energy, plus vitality. And not a single effort has to be made because in the effort so much energy will be wasted that you will be less radiant. And God comes to you only when you are so vital – optimally vital, optimum… at the peak – that you cannot be any more vital. At that peak, you meet the divine. Your highest energy comes closest to God’s feet; God’s lowest energy is closest to man’s highest energy, and there is the communion. To understand Tao is simply to understand. Your repressions are like diseases, and all your efforts bring nothing but repressions. I have heard…
A mysterious man was constantly found waiting on the doorsteps of the Metropolitan Museum in the morning when it opened. He was well dressed, but always unshaven, looking as if he had just got out of bed, flung on his clothes and made a dash for the Museum. But once inside, all he did was sit on a bench, unfold THE TIMES, and read for an hour or so. One morning he noticed a guard looking at him, and said testily ’I suppose you’re wondering why I come here? I’m trying to stop smoking, and I have to be someplace where they won’t let me smoke, see?’ He brooded for a while, then amplified his explanation. ’On Sunday mornings, when your people are closed, I have to go to the church.’ If you are avoiding something, repressing something, escaping from some fact, your life will become a very ugly phenomenon. You will never be able to live your life because you will never be able to be at ease with yourself. Drop all unease, and remember: Easy is right – no effort is needed. I know that effort appeals so much because the effort is very ego-fulfilling; when you make effort, you feel you are doing something.
There is one question, very much related to this question. The questioner says ’When I came here, in the beginning, I was a great spiritual seeker and I was making a great effort. Now I have become a sort of materialist because now I am making no effort to reach spirituality, to attain NIRVANA and enlightenment, so what has happened to me, Osho? Have I fallen from grace?’ You have risen in grace. What you were thinking to be materialism is true spirituality, and what you were thinking to be spirituality was just greed and materialism. You were trying to become enlightened – that was materialism because that was greed. To have any goals is to be a materialist; not to have any goal is to be spiritual. To try to attain something is to be greedy, to be desirous, to be ambitious – that is all an ego-trip. To drop all those trips, and live here-now, and love the small things of life, is to become spiritual. That is the difference between the so-called ’ordinary spirituality’ and the spirituality that is of Tao.
If you go and you find Lao Tzu, Chuang Tzu or Lieh Tzu, you will not be able to recognize them.; they will be very ordinary. You will have to be with them to feel. They don’t impose any extraordinariness, they will not show you miracles, and they will not show you SIDDHIS and powers; they will be very ordinary. To be ordinary is the message of Tao, to be so ordinary that you don’t have any idea to be anything else, to be so contented, so contented… Eating, drinking, loving, talking, listening, walking, sleeping, sitting in the sun or under the moon. Looking at the trees: these small things become sublime when you look with a contented eye. When you are happy, everything becomes tremendously beautiful, everything becomes luminous. It depends on you.
Let me tell you that when you came to me you were a materialist – you were only thinking that you were spiritual. Now that you are falling into spirituality, by and by you must be becoming a little afraid – where has your spirituality gone? That was materialism. Go in India, and you will find that out of a hundred so-called MAHATMAS, ninety-nine are materialists. Materialists in the sense that they are ambitious, materialists in the sense that they are hankering for something in the after-life: for heaven, paradise, MOKSHA, NIRVANA. Their desire is very much alive; in fact, they are more desirous than ordinary people.
An ordinary person desires a big car – not much, he can be forgiven. Maybe stupid, but not a sin. A little foolish – so what? But somebody desiring heaven… that is too much greed; eternal life… that is too much greed. The car is a toy. A big house is a toy. But this so-called ’spiritual man’ wants eternity: to be forever and ever, a deathless quality he wants. His ambition is so big, his ego is so big, that he cannot be satisfied with small things. He wants God in his fist – only then, only then can he feel that yes, he is somebody.