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Chapter 2: Choice Is Hell

This is the beauty of awareness: That which is right is enhanced through it. That which is wrong is destroyed through it. Awareness functions as life energy to good and as death energy to bad. Awareness functions as a blessing to good and as a curse to bad. If you ask me my definition of sin, this is my definition: that which can be done with full awareness is not sin; that which cannot be done with full awareness is sin. Or that which can only be done in unawareness is sin, and that which can only be done in awareness is virtue. So forget about sin and virtue. Remember awareness, unawareness..

The whole point of evolution is between awareness, unawareness. Become more aware and less unaware. Bring your energy to be more aflame with awareness, that’s all.

The fifth question:

Can’t you take anything seriously?

I take one thing very seriously, jokes I take very seriously. And you must have watched it: I never laugh when I tell a joke. I really take it seriously. Except a joke, there is nothing serious in the world.

The sixth question:

If Mulla Nasruddin came here, would you put him in one of the groups? Or would you tell him to run a group of his own? If so, what kind of group would it be?

I have done it before. It didn’t work. Mulla Nasruddin is a leader of leaders. He cannot be put in a group as a participant; his ego won’t allow it. I had asked him.. He said, “Okay, you can make me a leader.” I gave him an opportunity, a three-day group; and all the fools and all the wise guys gathered to participate, because Mulla Nasruddin has appeal for both. Those who are fools, they think him a fool. Those who are wise, they think him a wise man. He is tricky, or he is just a border case - he stands on both the sides. He can be interpreted as a foolish man; he can be interpreted as one of the most wise ever.

He stood before the group and he said, “Do you know what I am going to teach you?”

Of course everybody said, “How can we know? We don’t know.”

He said, “If you don’t even know that - that much! - I am not going to teach, because you are not worth it.”

He left. The next day I persuaded him again. He again went there and asked the participants, “Do you know what I am going to teach?”

Now they had learned a little, so they said, “Yes, we know.”

He said, “Then what is the point? If you know, you know,” and he left.

I persuaded him the third day again. He stood there. He asked, “Do you know what I am going to teach?”