Chapter 10: Obeying the Warrior Within
These are the sutras achieved by ultimate wisdom. They are deep and sometimes very complex, even contradictory, but they are the ultimate flowering of wisdom.
When a Buddha becomes a Buddha or a Christ becomes a Christ, these sutras are then revealed. If you can understand them, even understanding will transform you. If you can feel the reality hidden in them, you will be an altogether different man. So try to understand them very deeply.
The first sutra:
Stand aside in the coming battle, and though thou fightest be not thou the warrior.
He is thyself, yet thou art but finite and liable to error. He is eternal and is sure. He is eternal truth. When once he has entered thee and become thy warrior, he will never utterly desert thee, and at the day of the great peace he will become one with thee.
Stand aside in the coming battle, and though thou fightest be not thou the warrior. We are in a constant fight with ourselves. A struggle continues night and day. The whole of life is a battlefield, but you reach nowhere. You are neither totally defeated nor are you victorious. The struggle continues, and life energy is unnecessarily dissipated. You just waste yourself and your existence. What is the cause? Why are you never victorious? Why does the struggle never end?
You fight with sex, you fight with anger, you fight with greed. You fight with everything, but still you remain in the grip of those things you are fighting. The more you fight sex, the more you are in its grip and the more you feel you have to fight more. It is a vicious circle. You fight more and then sex becomes more attractive, sex becomes more magnetic. You take many decisions not to be angry, but every decision is a failure. And the total result is that in the end you feel you are guilty, inferior. In the end you feel that you are not capable of doing anything, you feel an inner defeat.
This has happened to the whole of humanity. Humanity is so sad now - not because of anything else that has happened in this age but only because so many ages of religious fight, so many centuries of continuous religious struggle have proved to the human mind that nothing can be achieved. The human mind feels a deep failure. That failure creates sadness and depression.
Hope has become hopeless. There seems to be no way out of it. You can struggle, but everything is futile, a waste: no one achieves anything. It has not happened because the human mind is incapable of victory. It has happened because the base of the struggle is wrong, the whole effort of the struggle is wrong. Why? - because you are fighting with yourself. How can you win?