Chapter 6: Madmen and Devotees
Someday in the future when psychology really comes of age, whenever somebody goes mad from the head we will help him to move towards the heart, because an opportunity opens in that moment. The breakdown can become a breakthrough. The old structure is gone, now he is no longer in the clutches of reason, he is free for a moment. Modern psychology tries to go on adjusting him back to the old structure. All modern efforts are about adjusting: how to make him normal again. Real psychology will do something else. Real psychology will use this opportunity - because the old mind has disappeared, there is a gap - use this interval and lead him towards another mind, that is, the heart. It will lead him towards another center of his being.
When you drive a car you change gears. Whenever you change the gear, there comes a moment when the gear moves through neutral; it has to move through the neutral gear. Neutral gear means no gear. From one gear to another, a moment comes when there is no gear. When one mind has failed, you are in a neutral state. Just now you are again as if you are born. Use this opportunity and lead the energy away from the old rotten structure which is falling. Leave the ruin, move into the heart. Forget reason and let love be your center, your target. Each breakdown can become a breakthrough. And each possibility for the failure of the head can become a success for the heart.
The failure of the head can become a success for the heart.
The second question:
Once at darshan I heard you say of a visitor that he would be a good sannyasin. What is a good sannyasin?
First, what is a sannyasin?
A sannyasin is one who has come to understand the futility of so-called worldly life. A sannyasin is one who has understood one thing: that something needs to be done immediately about his own being. If he goes on drifting in the old way, he will lose the whole opportunity of this life. A sannyasin is one who has become alert that up to now he has lived wrongly, has moved in wrong directions, has been too concerned with things and not concerned with himself, has been too concerned with worldly prestige and power and has not been concerned about who he is. A sannyasin is one who is turning towards himself, paravritti. A sannyasin is a miracle - the energy is moving back towards oneself.
Ordinarily the energy is moving away from you, towards things, targets, in the world. The energy is moving away from you, hence you feel empty. The energy goes away, never comes back; you go on throwing energy away. By and by you feel dissipated, frustrated; nothing comes back. By and by you start to feel empty; the energy is just oozing out every day. And then comes death. Death is nothing else but that you are exhausted and spent. The greatest miracle in life is to understand this and to turn the energy towards home. It is a turning in. This turning in, paravritti, is sannyas.
It is not that you leave the world. Live in the world, there is no need to leave anything or go anywhere else. Live in the world but in a totally different way: now you live in the world but you remain centered in yourself, your energy goes on returning to yourself.