Chapter 4: A Very Deep Balancing
So don’t be serious about seriousness. Laugh about it, be a little foolish. Don’t condemn foolishness; it has its own beauties. If you can be both you will have a quality of transcendence within you.
The world has become more and more serious. Hence so much cancer, so much heart disease, so much high blood pressure, so much madness. The world has been moved, forced towards one extreme too much. Be a little foolish also. Laugh a little, be like a child. Enjoy a little, don’t carry a serious face everywhere and suddenly you will find a deeper health arising in you - deeper sources of your health become available.
Have you ever heard about any fool who went mad? It has never happened. I have always been searching for a report of any foolish man who went mad. I have not come across one. Of course a fool cannot go mad because to be mad you need to be very serious.
I have also been searching to see if fools are in any way prone to be more healthy than the so-called wise. And it is so: fools are more healthy than the so-called wise. They live in the moment and they know that they are fools, so they are not worried about what others think about them. That worry becomes a cancerous phenomenon in the mind and body. They live long and they have the last laughter.
Remember that life should be a deep balancing, a very deep balancing. Then, just in the middle, you escape. The energy surges high, you start moving upwards. And this should be so about all opposites. Don’t be a man and don’t be a woman: be both, so that you can be neither. Don’t be wise, don’t be a fool: be both, so you can go beyond.
The fifth question:
Please explain why we don’t feel the divine which is here-now, within-without, which is you-me and all.
This is from Swami Yoga Chinmaya.
Because you are too much, and too heavy on yourself. Because you cannot laugh, the divine is hidden. Because you are too tense, you are closed. And these things that you think - that the divine is here/now, within/without, you/me - are only head things, they are not your feelings. They are thoughts, not realizations. And if you go on thinking on these lines they will never become experiences. You can convince yourself by a thousand and one arguments that this is so, but they will never become your experience. You will go on missing. It is not a question of argument, philosophy, thinking, contemplation - no. It is a question of drowning yourself deep in the feeling of the phenomenon. One has to feel it, not to think about it. And to feel it, one has to disappear.