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Chapter 1: The Bee Knows It

So there is no God somewhere outside you, and there is no need to create any temple because you are his temple already. The whole search is withinwards. And on the waves of songs and on the waves of dancing, he moves withinwards. He goes on moving like a beggar, singing songs. He has nothing to preach; his whole preaching is his poetry. And his poetry is also not ordinary poetry, not mere poetry. He is not consciously a poet, he sings because his heart is singing. Poetry follows him like a shadow, hence it is tremendously beautiful. He’s not calculating it, he’s not making it. He lives his poetry. That is his passion and his very life. His dance is almost insane. He has never been trained to dance, he does not know anything about the art of dancing. He dances like a madman, like a whirlwind. And he lives very spontaneously, because the Baul says, “If you want to reach to the adhar manush, the essential man, then the ways, the way goes through sahaj manush, the spontaneous man.”

To reach to the essential man, you have to go through the spontaneous man. Spontaneity is the only way to reach to the essence.so he cries when he feels like crying. You can find him standing in a village street crying, for nothing. If you ask, “Why are you crying?” he will laugh. He will say, “There is no why. I felt like.I felt like crying, so I cried.” If he feels like laughing, he laughs; if he feels like singing, he sings - but everything has to come out of deep feeling. He’s not mind-oriented, not in any way controlled and disciplined. He knows no rituals. He’s absolutely against rituals because he says, “A ritualized person is a dead person. He cannot be spontaneous.” And a person who follows rituals and formalities too much creates so many habits around him that there is no need to be alert. Alertness is lost, habits are formed. Then the man of rituals lives through habits. If he goes to the temple he bows down, not in any way conscious and alert of what he is doing, but just because he has been taught to do so, he has learned to do so. It has become a conditioning.

So they don’t follow any ritual, they don’t have any technique, they don’t have any habit. So you cannot find two Bauls that are similar, they are individuals. Their rebellion leads them to become authentic individuals.

This has to be understood: the more you become a part of a society, the less and less you are an individual, the less and less you are spontaneous - because the very membership of the society will not allow you to be spontaneous. You will have to follow the rules of the game. If you enter a society, you accept to follow those rules that the society is playing or has decided to play. That’s what membership means: you enter into a certain organization, you have to play the game. Bauls have no organization, so each Baul is individual.

And that’s what religion really is: it is an individual approach towards truth. One has to go alone, one has to go in his own way; one has to find one’s own way. You cannot follow another, you cannot move on a ready-made track. The more you search your own way, the closer you will be to God, or to truth, or to reality. In fact, the way is created by walking. You create it as you walk. It is not ready there for you, waiting to be walked on. You walk and you create it.

It is as if you are lost in a forest. What do you do? You have no map and there is no way leading anywhere - trees and trees and trees all around, and you are lost. What do you do? You start walking, searching, seeking. By your very walk, by your very search, a path is created.

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