Chapter 1: Neither Do I Condemn Thee
Yes, if somebody wants to learn, it can be learnt. If somebody wants to imbibe, it can be imbibed. When a disciple learns around a master, absorbs the vibes of the master, then too it is something that is happening within him. Maybe he gets the challenge, the provocation, the call from the outside, but that which arises, arises in him, utterly in him; it does not come from the outside. It may be like you are not aware that you can sing; you have never tried, you have never thought about the possibility. Then one day you see a singer, and suddenly his song starts pulsating around you, and in a moment of awakening you become aware that you have also got a throat and a heart. And now, suddenly, for the first time, you become also aware that there has been a song hidden in you, and you release it. But the song comes from your innermost core, it arises from your being. Maybe the provocation, the call came from the outside, but not the song.
So the master is a catalytic agent. His presence provokes something in you, his presence does not function as a cause.
C.G. Jung is right in bringing a new concept to the Western world. It has existed in the East for centuries - the concept of synchronicity. There are things which happen as cause and effect, and there are things which don’t happen as cause and effect, but just by synchronicity. This idea has to be understood, because this idea will help you to understand the difference between morality and religion.
Morality is cause and effect. Your father, your mother have taught you something: they function as the cause, and then the effect goes on continuing in you. Then you will teach your children: you will become the cause, and the effect will continue in your children. But listening to a singer, suddenly you start humming a tune. There is no cause-and-effect relationship. The singer is not the cause, and you are not the effect. You have caused the effect yourself - you are both the cause and the effect. The singer functioned only as a remembrance, the singer functioned only as a catalytic agent.
What has happened to me I cannot give to you. Not that I don’t want to give it to you, no - because it cannot be given, its very nature is such that it cannot be given - but I can present it to you, I can make it available to you. Seeing that it is possible, seeing that it has happened to another man, “Why not to me?” suddenly something clicks inside you, you become alert to a possibility, alert to a door that is in you but you were never looking at, you had forgotten it. And something starts sprouting in you.
I function as a catalytic agent not as a cause. The concept of synchronicity simply says that one thing can start something somewhere without it being a cause. It says that if somebody plays sitar in a room where another sitar has been placed in the corner, and if the player is really a master, a maestro, the sitar that is just sitting there in the corner will start throbbing - because of the other sitar being played in the room, the vibe, the whole milieu. And the sitar that is just sitting there in the corner - nobody is playing it, nobody is touching it - you can see its strings vibrating, whispering. Something that is hidden is surfacing, something that was not manifest is manifesting.
Religion is synchronicity; morality is causal. Morality comes from the outside, religion arises in you. When religion disappears there is only morality, and morality is very dangerous.