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Chapter 10: The Less You Are, the More You Are

And can you believe it? Herodotus did not go to save the child, the wife had to run.! He ran back to the bank, where on the sand he had made all the calculations, to find out whether the calculation was wrong.

The calculation was perfectly right, but existence does not follow your calculations.

So when I say two inches, it is only an average hypothesis. And I want it to be below the navel, because if it is behind, it will come in the way. But if it is not behind, you will never reach to the point. So I don’t want to take any risk. You may get stuck two inches behind the navel, and just two inches below will be your center. You would have missed the ultimate experience by just two inches!

There is no need to be worried about how many inches. You just gather your energy and go to the very deepest that you can. Don’t leave any stone unturned.

The third question:

Is the drive toward creativity only another expression of our inability to sit quietly and do nothing?

You will have to understand two kinds of creativity. One is exactly what you are saying - it is an escape from the uneasiness of not doing anything and just sitting silently. The whole world is workaholic, and the whole world goes on driving everybody nuts: “Do this! Do that! Don’t waste time!” So your whole mind is programmed for work, for efficiency. Naturally you cannot sit down silently, you have to do something. It can take the form of some kind of creation: music, poetry, sculpture, but this is not true creativity.

The true creativity comes out of sitting silently. When you are so totally quiet that there is no thought, no wave in the ocean of your being, out of this silence comes a different kind of creativity.

The first I can only call composition. The second is authentic creativity. They look alike, and sometimes the composer may even do better than the man of creativity. But the composer will never be original, he will always be copying. Only the creator can be original, can break new doors into the mystery of existence.

George Gurdjieff has gone deeply into this matter, and he has called the first, subjective creativity; it is mind oriented. And the other he has called the real objective creativity. Whatever names are given, that is not the question, but he knows the difference - that the people who created the Taj Mahal were not simply architects, they were not simply technologically knowledgeable.

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