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Chapter 3: On the Character of Tao

These are analogies. Women can attain to their feminine mystique easily; that is the reason more women become attracted towards religion. They don’t create religion - but more women, almost four times more than men, become interested in religion. Among Mahavira’s disciples, forty thousand were women and ten thousand men; and the proportion was the same with Buddha’s disciples. Go to any church and any temple and just count - you will always find four women to one man, and that one may have come just because the wife has come; he may not be really there.

Women can become more easily attuned; they are mothers, they are nearer nature. Man will find it a little difficult to come back; he has involvements, commitments, investments in his anxiety and tension. Even if he comes he will create an anxiety around religion.

This is my everyday observation: women come to me - if they surrender, they surrender totally. If they meditate at all, they meditate totally. Then simply they start growing.

Men come to me - if they surrender they cannot surrender totally, they always save a part. And when you surrender half-heartedly it is not a surrender at all. Then they meditate, but then meditation becomes an anxiety. And they come and they say, “Now this meditation is creating anxiety. I cannot sleep. I am constantly thinking about it - how it is going to happen, how I am to manage it.”

It is not a management. You cannot manage it. You have to be in a let-go, a great let-go. It is difficult for man; he is so disciplined for anxiety, so trained to be tense. From the very childhood, the society forces men to become men - aggressive, violent, always reaching for something, trying to achieve something, ambitious. If they start playing with dolls the parents say, “Why? What are you doing? Are you being a sissy? This is for girls, not for boys. Home is for girls; to play with dolls is for girls, not for boys. They have to go out, and fight their way into life. They have to struggle - that is for them.”

If home is for girls then at-homeness will also be for girls. Then you are never at home; and at-homeness is meditation.

Continuously, continuously
It seems to remain.
Draw upon it
And it serves you with ease.

The feminine mystique, the valley spirit, the hollowness.

Continuously, continuously
It seems to remain.

It is always there.

Draw upon it
And it serves you with ease.

And it makes you total, it fills you with ease, at-homeness. Relaxation comes to you.

Look at existence not as a struggle, but as an enjoyment. Look at existence not as a war, conflict, but as a celebration. And infinite is the celebration. Infinite is the possibility of bliss - bliss upon bliss.