Chapter 22: Nothing Is Achieved without Danger
So if you enter within, sooner or later you will encounter death, which you have suppressed completely. That is the trick to suppress it: you always think death is somewhere in the future, that it is going to happen to you from the outside. So you go on thinking that somehow you can escape it, you can deceive it: “I can come to some arrangement with it.”
No arrangement will be of any help. You cannot escape it, because you are it: it is within you. But you have hidden it, you have unconsciously suppressed it.
We have repressed two things very deeply: sex and death. That’s why we never talk about sex or death: “It is not good to talk about these things.” If someone starts talking about them, it is not good manners. If someone starts talking about sex or death we would like to shut him up or change the subject.
Why are we so afraid of sex and death? - we are afraid of them because they are deeply related. You are born through sex and you will die through sex. Life and death are both centered on sex. We are afraid of death, that’s why we are afraid of sex. And if you are afraid of both death and sex, you are also basically afraid of life, because all three are one within. Sex is the energy. One pole is life, the other pole is death.
We have suppressed sex and death. If you go within, you will meet these friends waiting for you. They may have been waiting for lives, and they will go on waiting unless you meet them, encounter them - and transcend them.
That’s why the path of spiritual existence is fraught with dangers. You will meet your own repressed parts. Death is one of them. And when you meet death within, you become so afraid that you immediately want to come back to the surface.
Why are so few persons interested in going within? Why? For centuries and centuries they have been taught to go within, it has been a basic teaching all over the world to know thyself. But why are so few people interested, really interested, in going within? It is because unconsciously they know that if they go within, things will emerge, things will be encountered that they feel are dangerous. This unconscious idea creates a barrier.
So we go on talking of the inner journey, we go on talking of the spirit, of spirituality and everything, but we simply talk. We never try it, we never go on the real journey. We just talk and talk and talk. Religion has become just talk, and now it has become absolutely boring, because we have talked about it so much, for so many centuries, that now it looks like sheer madness.
The reason so few people are interested in moving inward is because if you go within, you will encounter death. But if you can encounter death without fear, and without returning to the surface, you will become deathless - because one who encounters death is already deathless. For the conscious being within you who encounters death, death becomes an object. And whatsoever you can be aware of, you are separate from.