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Chapter 1: The Bee Knows It

Life is wild, and it is good that it is wild. It is good that it has no map, that it is not charted, that it is still unknown. And its unknowability is such that there is no way to make it known; otherwise all charm will be lost, all beauty will be lost. Then life will not surprise you - and if surprise is lost, all is lost. Then there will be no wonder, no wondering. Then your eyes will go dead and your heart will stop beating, the passion will disappear. Love will not be possible. Awe, wonder, surprise: these are the ingredients of the charisma, of the mystery of life. So it is good that there are no scriptures, it is good that there are no ritualized religions, it is good that you are not on a superhighway.

The Baul is a rebellious person, and I say “rebellious” with great consideration. He is not a revolutionary. A revolutionary is still thinking in terms of the society. “How to change the society?” - that is the revolutionary’s continuous brooding. But he remains society-focused, society-oriented: “How to change the world?” A rebellious person does not bother about the world because he understands “The world cannot be changed by me, and who am I to change the world? What’s my authority to change the world? And if the world decides to be the way it is, who am I to interfere with it?” He leaves the world to itself. He does not interfere, he does not meddle with it. He starts changing himself. His revolution is inward - his revolution is absolutely inner.

A rebellious person is a drop-out. He simply drops out of that society which doesn’t suit him. He does not wait for it to be transformed so that he can fit with it. That desire is foolish, stupid. Then you will be lost. And that day, that utopia will never happen - when the society has changed so much that you can fit with it and the society can fit with you. It has never happened. Revolutionaries have lived down through the centuries, and died. The world has remained the same, more or less, but the lives of those revolutionaries were wasted in changing it.

Just think of Marx, Lenin, Trotsky, coming back and looking at the world - they will start crying. This is the world for which they wasted their whole lives? This is the world for which they hoped and staked their whole lives, gambled with their lives? They could not live their lives because they were trying to change the world. They were trying to change the world because they thought that only when the world had changed according to their wishes would they be able to live - otherwise, how could they live? “How can you live happily in an unhappy world?” - that is the revolutionary’s question. Very significant: “How can you be happy in an unhappy world?” - so he tries to make the world happy.

The rebellious person says, “Leave the world to itself. Nobody has ever changed it.” He is more practical and down to earth: “I can live my own way. I can create my own world within me.” He is a drop-out. Bauls are drop-outs. They don’t belong to any religion, to any society, to any nation. They are beggars, wanderers, vagabonds, hippies, gypsies, moving from one village to another, singing their song, dancing their dance, living their lives in their own way, doing their thing.

A rebellious person is one who says, “I’m not going to wait, I’m going to live right now.” The revolutionary hopes for the future. He says, “I am going to wait. I will wait for the right moment.” The rebellious person says, “The right moment is herenow, and I’m not going to wait for anybody, I’m going to live right now.” A rebellious person lives in the present.

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