Chapter 4: This Too Will Pass
The first question:
In spite of dreadful political catastrophes, political action seems to be the only means to fight against injustice in the world. Does the search you are inspiring exclude political action?
I am in love with life in its totality. My love excludes nothing; it includes all. Yes, political action is included in it too. That’s the worst thing to include, but I can’t help it! But everything that is included in my vision of life is included with a difference.
In the past, man has lived without awareness in all aspects of life. He has loved without awareness and failed in it, and love has brought only misery and nothing else. He has done all kinds of things in the past, but everything has proved a hell. So has been the case with political action.
Each revolution turns into anti-revolution. It is time we should understand how and why it happens, that each revolution, each struggle against injustice, finally turns into injustice itself, becomes anti-revolutionary.
In this century it has happened again and again. I am not talking about a faraway past; it happened in Russia, it happened in China. It is going to happen if we continue to function in the same old way. Unawareness cannot bring more than that.
When you are powerless, it is easy to fight against injustice; the moment you become powerful, you forget all about injustice. Then repressed desires to dominate assert themselves. Then your unconscious takes over, and you start doing the same things that were done before by the enemies, against whom you had been struggling. You had staked your very life for it.
Lord Acton says that power corrupts. It is true only in a sense, and in another sense it is absolutely untrue. It is true if you look at the surface of things: power certainly corrupts, whosoever becomes powerful becomes corrupted. Factually it is true, but if you dive deeply into the phenomenon then it is not true.
Power does not corrupt: it is the corrupted people who become attracted towards power. It is the people who would like to do things which they cannot while they are not in power. The moment they are in power, the whole of their repressed mind asserts itself. Now there is nothing to bar them, nothing to prevent them; they have the power. Power does not corrupt them; it only brings their corruption to the surface. Corruption was there as a seed; now it has sprouted. The power has only proved the right season for it to sprout. Power is only the spring for the poisonous flowers of corruption and injustice in their being.