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Chapter 10: The Supreme Understanding

The song ends:

The supreme understanding transcends all this and that.
The supreme action embraces great resourcefulness
without attachment.
The supreme accomplishment is to realize immanence without hope.
At first a yogi feels his mind is tumbling like a waterfall;
in mid-course, like the Ganges, it flows on slow and gentle.
In the end it is a great vast ocean
where the lights of son and mother merge in one.

Everybody is born in freedom, but dies in bondage. The beginning of life is totally loose and natural, but then the society enters; then rules and regulations enter, morality, discipline and many sorts of trainings, and the looseness and the naturalness and the spontaneous being is lost. One starts to gather around oneself a sort of armor. One starts becoming more and more rigid. The inner softness is no longer apparent.

On the boundary of one’s being one creates a fort-like phenomenon, in order to defend, not to be vulnerable, to react, for security, safety; and the freedom of being is lost. One starts looking at others’ eyes; their approvals, their denials, their condemnations. Appreciation becomes more and more valuable. The others become the criterion, and one starts to imitate and follow others because one has to live with others.

A child is very soft, he can be molded in any way; and the society starts molding him - the parents, the teachers, the school - and by and by he becomes a character not a being. He learns all the rules. He either becomes a conformist, that is bondage, or he becomes rebellious - that too is another sort of bondage. If he becomes a conformist, orthodox, square, that is one sort of bondage; he can react, can become a hippy, can move to the other extreme, but that is again a sort of bondage - because reaction depends on the same thing it reacts against. You may go to the farthest corner, but deep down in the mind you are rebelling against the same rules. Others are following them, you are reacting, but the focus remains on the same rules. Reactionaries or revolutionaries, all travel in the same boat. They may be standing against each other, back to back, but the boat is the same.

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