Chapter 14: The New Man
The first question:
What according to you is the most significant thing that is happening today in the world?
A New Man is emerging. The image of the New Man is not yet clear, but the horizon is becoming red and the sun will soon be there. The morning mist is there and the image of the New Man is vague, but still, a few things are very crystal clear about the New Man.
And this is of tremendous importance because since the monkeys became man, man has remained the same. A great revolution is on the way. It will be far more deep-going than the revolution that happened when monkeys started walking on the earth and became human beings. That change created mind, that change brought psychology in. Now another far more significant change is going to happen that will bring the soul in, and man will not only be a psychological being but a spiritual being too.
You are living in one of the most alive times ever. The New Man, in fragments, has already arrived, but only in fragments. And the New Man has been arriving for centuries, but only here and there. That’s how things happen: when the spring comes it starts with one flower. But when the one flower is there, then one can be certain the spring is not far away - it has come. The first flower has heralded its coming. Zarathustra, Krishna, Lao Tzu, Buddha, Jesus - these were the first flowers. Now, on a greater scale, the New Man is going to be born.
This new consciousness is the most important thing that is happening today, according to me. I would like to tell you something about this new consciousness - its orientations, and its characteristics - because you are to help it to come out of the womb, because you have to be it. The New Man cannot come from nowhere, it has to come through you. The New Man can only be born through your womb: you have to become the womb.
Sannyas is an experimentation: to clean the ground so that new seeds can fall in. If you understand the meaning of the New Man, you will be able to understand the significance of sannyas too. And it is because sannyas is concerned with the New Man that the old orthodoxies of all kinds are going to be against me and against sannyas - because this is their end. If sannyas succeeds, if the New Man succeeds, the old will have to go. The old can live only if the New Man is prevented from coming.