Chapter 5: A Still Mind: The Door to the Divine
A brahmin, he can intellectually understand that the problem of untouchability is just violent, cruel, and intellectually he can think that it is not good, but this is the conscious mind. The subconscious is working there. If you ask him to marry a sudra girl, he is struck somewhere deeply. He cannot conceive of it. Even to eat with an untouchable becomes difficult. Intellectually he understands nothing is wrong in it, but the subconscious goes on projecting and pushing. And he cannot react naturally: the subconscious distorts, perverts.
This subconscious is constantly supplying you with many ideas which you think are your own. They are not. They have been fed to you just like a computer is fed. You can get information out of a computer only if you have previously fed it. The same is also the case with man, with mind also. Whatsoever you are getting out is just because of what has been fed in before. Everything has been fed in. This is what we mean by education, the so-called education - feeding information, so it is ready in the unconscious every moment. It is so ready, really, that even when you don’t need it, it comes up. It constantly overfloods your mind and it becomes a constant wavering, a constant trembling. This subconscious mind is the root cause of so many social evils.
Really, the world could be one if there was no subconscious mind. Then there would be no distinction between a Hindu and a Mohammedan. The distinction is of the subconscious feeding, and it goes so deep that you cannot even feel how it works. You cannot go behind it. It goes so deep that you always remain in front and you feel helpless. But the society is also helpless. It is a substitute - a poor substitute, but a substitute. Unless man becomes totally aware, the society cannot dispense with the subconscious.
For example, if a man becomes totally aware he cannot be a thief. But man, as he is, is not aware at all, so society has to create a substitute for awareness, it must put a strong suggestion inside that theft is bad, evil, sin; that you must not be a thief. This idea must be put deep in the subconscious so that when you begin to think of theft the subconscious comes up and says, “No, this is sin,” and you are stopped. This is a social substitute for awareness, and unless man comes to awareness the society cannot dispense with the subconscious because it has to give you some rules. Unless you are so aware that rules are not needed at all the subconscious will have to be maintained.
So each society has to create a subconscious. I call that society good - remember it - I call that society good which creates a subconscious that can be dispensed with very easily. And I call a society bad which creates such a subconscious that it cannot be dispensed with - because if it cannot be dispensed with, then it becomes a hindrance when you try to be aware. And, really, now no such good society exists which gives you a dispensable substitute, a dispensable subconscious, which gives you a subconscious as a utilitarian instrument so that the moment you become aware you can throw it away.