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Chapter 28: The Disappearance of Sex

Mrs. Ronald Reagan had won a raffle at her women’s club. Up till now she never had enough left over from the housekeeping budget to take herself off to a smart hairdresser. So now she lost no time in making an appointment for a complete hair treatment. When she arrived home that evening, she presented herself to Ronald Reagan for his admiration. “Honey,” he said, “now you look like a million.”

“Really?” she asked quietly. “You mean I look like a million dollars?”

“No,” he said disgustedly, “like a million other women.”

A politician’s mind cannot be loving and compassionate, humble and innocent - even with those with whom he is intimately connected. There too it goes on playing the cunning role - now he was speaking in a diplomatic way when he said, “Honey, now you look like a million.” This sentence is cunning, political, diplomatic; it is tricky.

Naturally, his wife thinks, “You mean I look like a million dollars?” And then his cunning mind comes into the open:

“No,” he said disgustedly, “like a million other women.”

You would not have thought about it just listening to his statement, “Honey, now you look like a million.”

The innocent person is neither cunning nor egoistic; not bragging about himself nor trying to put down the other. He simply knows nothing. And without any fear, and without any guilt, he accepts his ignorance.

There are two possibilities: either he can feel guilty that he is ignorant - because innocence is ignorance - and if he feels guilty, that too is part of a hurt ego, offended ego. Or if he has heard saints and sages declaring, “Blessed are the innocent, for they shall inherit the kingdom of God,” and he feels tremendously proud of his innocence, again he is in the clutches of the same ego. And these are the only two ways he can be aware of his innocence.

The third space is, he simply knows that he knows nothing. This is pure innocence, and this is what Socrates calls wisdom; this is what Upanishads call the ultimate state of a seer, of a knower. This is what Gautam Buddha calls the space of enlightenment, of absolute freedom and utter silence.not even a ripple of disturbance.

The times I feel closest to you, and through you, the times that I feel this existence, come to me in an overwhelming feeling of gratitude. For those precious moments, all my neuroses just evaporate.
Can you speak on the alchemy of gratefulness?

Gratefulness is certainly the most precious alchemical process. If it takes possession of you, then naturally all kinds of neuroses, psychoses, or any other psychopathology will evaporate - for the simple reason that gratefulness consists of a few fundamentals of spiritual awakening.

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