Chapter 9: Silently Blissful, Blissfully Silent
Do you know that the mosque avoids music so much that you cannot even play on any instrument before a mosque - it may create a riot. In India it happens almost every day in some part or other. Even if you start playing on a flute in front of a mosque you are against the Mohammedans - you are doing something wrong. Playing on the flute! You may be playing the tunes of the Koran, but music cannot be allowed in the mosque, not even in the close proximity of it. Such fear of music? Such fear of joy? Such fear of life?
It is good that these so-called religious people were not able to convince the majority of humanity - they could not convince because their whole approach was life-negative; they could not convince because not so many people are as suicidal as they were. They could not convince the major part of humanity for the simple reason that people are not so sado-masochistic. But they could get hold of a few sado-masochistic people, psychologically ill people, suicidal people. They could get hold of a few negative minds, and these negative minds have dominated the past.
I want to introduce affirmation, and that’s the beauty of the Upanishads: they are affirmative. The Upanishadic vision is the only affirmative vision that has happened in the past, but it is strange that even Hindus who go on reading the Upanishads can’t see its life-affirmative approach. They remain life-negative, they remain escapists. They go on interpreting the Upanishads in such a way that they lose all meaning - in fact, they go on imposing just the opposite meaning on the Upanishads. They turn and twist the words in such a way that affirmation becomes negation, that yes becomes no. They are very skillful.
Scholars are skillful people. They know how to play with words, they are hair-splitters. They create much dust, so much dust that you can’t see what is happening. They create so much smoke of logic that you start forgetting what the real question was.
But the Upanishads are life-affirmative, totally life-affirmative.
It is easy to have silence if you are ready to renounce bliss, but renouncing bliss means renouncing life, renouncing life means renouncing God. Then that silence is of no worth at all - you have committed suicide. Of course, the man who has committed suicide IS silent.
One man had murdered his wife. The judge asked him, “Are you aware of what you have done?”
The man said, “I am a very peace-loving person.”
The judge said, “What do you mean by ‘peace-loving’? You killed your wife, and you think you are a peace-loving person?”
He said, “Since I have killed her there has been so much peace in the house!”
Of course, when you kill your wife there is peace! You escape from the wife and there is peace and there is silence. You escape from your children and of course, in a cave somewhere in the Himalayas, there is peace and there is silence. But is it worth having it at such a cost? It is stupid!