Chapter 41: Times of Crisis Are Just Golden
But it is a beautiful time. The grip of society is lost. Yes, the mediocre will suffer, but anyway they were not enjoying, they were not really living; they were simply being hypocrites. By being insane at least they will be real, authentic. They won’t lose anything - of course they won’t gain much..
The people who will go beyond mind will create the new man, the new mind. And the most special thing to be remembered about the new mind is that it will never become a tradition, that it will be constantly renewed. If it becomes a tradition it will be again the same thing.
The new mind has to become continuously new, every day new, ready to accept any unexpected experience, any unexpected truth.just available, vulnerable. It will be a tremendous excitement, a great ecstasy, a great challenge.
So I don’t think this crisis is bad; it is good. A few people will lose their masks, and will be actually what they are - neurotic, psychotic - but at least they will be true and they will be honest. You may think they are mad; they are not mad, they are simply in a state of very great surprise. They have believed too much in the old mind, and it betrayed them.
But the best of the intelligence will reach to heights unknown before. And if even in a traditional world, a man like Gautam Buddha or Chuang Tzu or Pythagoras is possible, we can conceive that in the atmosphere that the new mind will create, a thousandfold more awakened people, enlightened people will become easily possible.
If the new mind can prevail then life can become an enlightening process. And enlightenment will not be something rare, that it happens once in a while to somebody very special; it will become a very ordinary human experience, that only once in a while some really idiotic person misses.
I have hesitated for long to ask this question because it seems to reach deep down into my unconscious, and there is a lot of fear connected with it.
For the past fifteen years I have experienced tension of varying degrees in my heart area, for which there has been no physical explanation. It can vary from sharp, breath-taking pain, which can last for hours, to a slight feeling of pressure. It disappears when I love, melt, let-go, and when I am in harmony with my body. Does it have something to do with the name you gave me? Do I hold back?
I would be grateful if you could throw some light on this.
The question is from Premda, and his name has certainly something to do with the problem.
It is not physical; it is certainly concerned with relaxation, total melting, forgetting oneself completely. In those moments it disappears, so certainly it is not physical. You have to learn to give more love. This is not only your problem; in varying degrees it is the problem of everybody.
Everybody wants to be loved; that is a wrong beginning.