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Chapter 1: Left Brain, Right Brain Inner Conflict

The male mind goes on pinching, creating trouble. Troublemakers become leaders. In schools, all wise teachers choose the greatest troublemakers as captains of the class and the school - the troublemakers, the criminals. Once they are in a powerful post, their whole energy for making trouble becomes helpful for the teacher. The same ones start creating discipline.

Just watch the politicians in the world: when one party is in power the opposite party goes on creating trouble in the country. They are the law-breakers, the revolutionaries. And the party which is in power goes on creating discipline. Once they are thrown out of power, they will create trouble. And once the opposite party comes into power, they become the guardians of discipline. They are all troublemakers.

The male mind is a troublemaking phenomenon, hence it overpowers, it dominates. But deep down, although you may attain power you miss life - and deep down, the feminine mind continues. And unless you fall back to the feminine and you surrender, unless your resistance and struggle become surrender you will not know what real life and the celebration of it is.

I have heard one anecdote:

An American scientist once visited the offices of the great Nobel Prize-winning physicist, Niels Bohr, in Copenhagen, and was amazed to find that over his desk was a horseshoe, securely nailed to the wall with the open end up in the approved manner so it would catch the good luck and not let it spill out.

The American said with a nervous laugh, “Surely you don’t believe the horseshoe will bring you good luck, do you, Professor Bohr? After all, as a level-headed scientist.”

Bohr chuckled, “I believe in no such thing, my good friend, not at all. I am scarcely likely to believe in such foolish nonsense. However, I am told that a horseshoe will bring you good luck whether you believe in it or not.”

Look a little deeper, and just underneath your logic you will find fresh waters of intuition, fresh waters of trust flowing.

Yoga is a way to use reason to reach truth - of course very difficult, and the longest path. If you follow Patanjali you are trying to do that which can happen without doing; you are trying hard to do something which can happen right now without any effort. You are trying to pull yourself by shoe-strings - to pull yourself up.

Zen is the way of the spontaneous, effortless effort, the way of intuition.

A Zen master, Ikkyu, a great poet, has said,

I can see clouds a thousand miles away,
hear ancient music in the pines.