Chapter 8: Already Home
You ask: “Why have all the great masters come from the East?” Because the East has been obsessed with the inner as against the outer. Naturally, when down the centuries you have been obsessed with the inner, you will create a Buddha, a Nagarjuna, a Shankara, a Kabir. It is natural.
If you are obsessed with the outer as against the inner, you will create an Albert Einstein, an Eddington, an Edison, that’s natural. But this is not good for the totality of human beings. Something is missing. The man who has inner growth and has not grown outwardly remains juvenile in the outside, remains stupid outside. And the same is the case with the man who has grown much, who has become mature, very mature, as far as mathematics goes and physics goes and chemistry goes, but who inside has not been even born yet, who is still in the womb.
This is my message to you: drop these hemispheres - East and West - and drop these hemispheres of inner and outer. Become fluid. Let movement, flow, be your very life. Remain available to the outer and to the inner both.
That’s why I teach love and meditation. Love is the passage to go out, meditation is the passage to go in. And a man who is in love and meditative is beyond schizophrenia, is beyond all kinds of split. He has become one, he is integrated. In fact, he has soul.
The second question:
Don’t you get bored, bored, bored and fed up, day after day answering the same questions, while we sit there with ears blocked, eyes tight, mouth sealed, never ever getting the message - that there are no answers? You continually astound me in your dewdrop freshness in the early morning light, and still I am blind, deaf and lame, cut off from sharing in your radiance except for brief moments.
The first thing: I am not, so I cannot be bored and fed up. First you have to be to be bored. The more you are the more you will feel bored; the less you are the less bored. That’s why children are less bored than old people. Have you not observed it? Children are almost not bored. They go on playing with the same toys, they go on running after the same butterflies, they go on collecting the same seashells. They are not bored.
Have you ever told a story to a child? After listening to it he says, “Tell it again.and again.” And whenever you will meet him again he will say, “Tell me that story. I loved it.” Why is a child not bored? - because he is not. Or, he is in a very rudimentary way; the ego has not evolved yet. The ego is the factor that creates boredom.