Chapter 12: Balancing the Rational and the Irrational
Yes, in Buddhism - and in Jainism - it is too much, but without the concept of sin, without the concept of sin. It is too much. But they have also created - not the same guilt feeling - but in a different way they have created it. Particularly Jainas have created a very deep inferiority. Guilt is not there because there is no question of sin, but a deep inferiority complex, that a person is inferior. Unless one goes beyond all the sins, one cannot be superior, one cannot be superior. A very deep inferiority is there, and this deep inferiority works in the same way. It creates problems.
That’s why Jainas have not created any meditative techniques. They have created only ethical formulas: do this, do this, don’t do that. And the whole concept is centered around the behavior. That’s why Jainism has become just a dead thing. You go to a Jaina monk; he is an ideal as far as behavior is concerned, but as far as the inner being is concerned he is poor - just poor with no inner being. He goes on behaving just like a puppet.
So Jainism is dead. Buddhism is not dead in the same way because a different emphasis is there. In Buddhism a different emphasis is there. The ethical part of Buddha is just a consequence of the meditative part, and if behavior has to be changed, it is just a part of meditation. It is just a part of meditation, as a help to meditation. In itself, it is meaningless. In itself, it is meaningless. In Christianity, it is meaningful in itself; in Jainism, it is meaningful in itself. If you are doing good, then you are good. For Buddha it is not the case. You have to be transformed inwardly. Doing good can help it, can become a part, can become a part, can become a part, but meditation is the center.
So only Buddhists have developed deep meditations. Deep meditations. Everything else is just a help - not significant. You can even discard it. It remains on your strength. The question is of your strength; you can discard it. If you can meditate without the help, then you can discard it.
But Hinduism is still more complex and deeper, deeper. That’s why Hinduism could develop a different dimension of Tantra, so that whatsoever you call sin, even that can be used. Hinduism is in a way very healthy - chaotic, of course, because anything healthy is bound to be chaotic, bound to be. It cannot be systematized. It cannot be systematized.