Chapter 6: Madmen and Devotees
Religion is a valid inquiry. It doesn’t matter whether society accepts it or rejects it. Man is a religious animal and is going to remain that way. Religion is something natural. To ask from where you come is relevant; to ask, “Who am I?” is always going to remain relevant. But the modern mind has created a climate of atheism so you cannot ask such questions. If you ask, people laugh. If you talk about such things, people feel bored. If you start inquiring in these ways, people think you are slipping out of your sanity. Religion is no longer a welcome inquiry.
Tell your father. And of course, genealogy will remain an obsession because this is not the right inquiry, but once his consciousness shifts to the religious dimension he will be released from the obsession. And then something is possible, something of tremendous import is possible. He wants to know who the real father is, who has fathered existence, or who is still mothering existence?
The last question. Listen to it very carefully, it is very important.
How do you manage it, to have always the right anecdote at the right moment?
Let me answer you with an anecdote:
A king, passing through a small town, saw what he took to be indications of amazing marksmanship. On trees, barns and fences there were numbers of bull’s-eyes, each with a bullet hole in the exact center. He could not believe his eyes. It was superb marksmanship, almost a miracle of achievement. He himself was a good marksman, and he had known many great marksmen in his life, but never anything like this. He asked to meet the expert shot. It turned out to be a madman.
“This is sensational! How in the world do you do it?” he asked the madman. “I myself am a good shot, but nothing compared to your skill and art. Please tell me.”
“Easy as pie!” said the madman and laughed uproariously. “I shoot first and draw the circles in later!”
Dig? I choose the anecdotes first and then draw the circles. I am just like that madman.
There are other people who use anecdotes to illustrate some theoretical point. I do just the opposite: I use theoretical points to illustrate the anecdotes.
Enough for today.