Chapter 5: Be Therefore Mindful
That’s how the world has followed, more or less. But then one never feels spontaneous, one never feels natural. One always feels confined, caged. And when you don’t feel free, you may feel peaceful, but that peacefulness is worthless. Unless peace comes with freedom you cannot accept it. Unless peace comes with bliss you cannot accept it. It brings convenience, comfort, but your soul suffers.
Yes, there have been a few people again who have achieved through the parental voice, who have really attained to the truth. But that too is very rare. And that world is gone. Maybe in the past, Moses and Manu and Mohammed were useful. They gave commandments to the world. “Do this. Don’t do that.” They made things simple, very simple. They have not left anything for you to decide; they don’t trust that you will be able to decide. They simply give you a ready-made formula - “These are the ten commandments to be followed. You simply do these and all that you hope, all that you desire will happen as a consequence. You just be obedient.”
All the old religions emphasized obedience too much. “Disobedience is the only sin” - that’s what Christianity says. “Adam and Eve were expelled from the garden of God because they disobeyed. God had said not to eat the fruit of the tree of knowledge and they disobeyed.” That was their only sin. But every child is committing that sin. The father says, “Don’t smoke,” and he tries it. The father says, “Don’t go to the movie,” and he goes. The story of Adam and Eve is the story of every child. And then condemnation, expulsion..
Obedience is religion for Manu, Mohammed, Moses. But that world has gone, and through it many have not attained. Many became peaceful, good citizens, good members, respectable members of the society, but nothing much.
Then there is the third emphasis on being adult. Confucius, Patanjali, or modern agnostics - Bertrand Russell - all humanists of the world, they all emphasize: “Believe only in your own reason.” That seems very arduous, so much so that one’s whole life becomes just a conflict. Because you have been brought up by your parents, you have been conditioned by your parents. If you listen only to your reason, you have to deny many things in your being. In fact, your whole mind has to be denied. It is not easy to erase it.
And you were born as children without any reason. That too is there. Basically you are a feeling being; reason comes very late. It comes when, in fact, all that has to happen has happened. Psychologists say a child learns almost seventy-five percent of his whole knowledge by the time he is seven years old. Seventy-five percent of his whole knowledge he has learned by the time he is seven years old, fifty percent by the time he is four years old. And this whole learning happens when you are a child, and reason comes very late. It is a very late arrival. It comes when, in fact, all that has to happen has happened.
It is very difficult to live with the reason. People have tried - a Bertrand Russell here and there - but nobody has achieved truth through it, because reason alone is not enough.