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Chapter 8: Man Is Not Rational

You talk about God as he; that is wrong. Then there are people who talk about God as she; that too is wrong. He is he plus she - but then the mind cannot understand. But mental understanding is not an understanding at all. You will be able to understand only when you try to understand from your own totality, not just from the mind, because inside you also these two opposite poles meet. You are also an ardhanarishwar; you are also he and she both. You are neither male nor female.

If you can understand your own totality, and if you bring your totality to the universe, to face the universe, you will be able to comprehend. That’s a mystic vision. That is logos.

So what to do? Ordinarily you are trained to be a man or to be a woman. From the very beginning we teach children, “You are a boy - behave like a boy”; and to a girl, “You are a girl - behave like a girl.” That creates the distinction more and more, and the poles are set apart.. In a better world we will teach each child, “You are both”; the difference is only of emphasis. “You are neither boy nor girl. You are both” - the difference is only of emphasis. Then the whole concept of civilization will be different. Then there will be no question of enmity between man and woman. Then there will be no problem about who dominates whom. And then you will be able to see your totality of being - and the totality is beautiful. The part is always ugly.

It is as if you have taken the tree and cut the roots. How long can the tree remain alive? You have taken the visible - the tree is visible and the roots are invisible - and you have cut the roots. And the tree goes upwards and the roots go downwards - you have made a consistent thing. You say, “No! How can these two opposite dimensions exist simultaneously? The tree must go upwards, and if the roots go downwards then they are two separate things - cut them!” This is what has happened.

Man is a visible tree, woman is like roots. That’s why all the old teachings say woman is earth and man is sky. But they are together: man is rooted in the woman, and woman is reaching higher and higher through the man - they are one. Hell and heaven are not two, just the same ladder.

Says Heraclitus: “The way up and the way down are the same.” Then hell and heaven cannot be apart. This is logos: to see the whole ladder. Then God and the Devil are not two. But theologians will not agree because they will say that you are creating a confusion, that then people will be confused, then they will not know who is who. But people are confused, and they are confused because of the false logic of the partial human mind. In fact, everything is everything

It happened: In a local dog show Mulla Nasruddin was awarding prizes, but he was very worried about a certain thing. He was worried about people’s dress. So he said, “Look! What is happening in this world? Look at that man with cropped hair, pants and cigarettes, with two pups. Now I am at a loss as to how to decide whether that man is a man or a woman, a boy or a girl.”

Just a bystander said, “She is a girl because she is my daughter.”

Mulla Nasruddin said, “I am very, very sorry. Had I known that you were her mother, I would not have been so outspoken.”

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