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Chapter 2: The Way Is Perfect

When you love a person you would like to hug the body. You will not say, “I love you, but I love you in the inner.” There was a fat girl here, very very fat. She told me, “I have got only one boyfriend and he also says, ‘I love only your spirit, not your body.”‘

She felt very hurt, because when you say to a person, “I only love your soul, not your body,” what does it mean? When you love a person you love totally, you cannot make divisions. This is a cunning trick. That boy does not really love the girl, he is playing a game. He wants to say, “I don’t love,” but he cannot say that.

If you don’t want to take sannyas, don’t take it! But don’t play games, don’t be cunning, don’t try to be clever. Don’t say, “This is outer and I would like something inner.”

In existence, the outer meets the inner, the inner meets the outer; they are two wings of one being. And no bird can fly with one wing, and no being can grow with one wing - you need both. This world needs godliness as much as godliness needs this world. This world cannot exist without godliness; godliness also cannot exist without this world.

I love one rabbi - his name is Baal Shem, a Jewish mystic, one of the few enlightened Jews. He used to say in every prayer, “Remember, as much as I need you, you also need me. Without Baal Shem, where will you be?” He used to say to God, “I need you, you also need me. Without Baal Shem, where will you be? Who will pray?”

Remember that. He knows something, he is right. The inner needs the outer, because the outer is nothing but the inner extended. The outer needs the inner, because the inner is nothing but the center of the periphery.

Can there be a center without a periphery? Can there be a periphery without a center? It is impossible. How can you have a center without a circumference? If you have a center, if you call it a center, that very moment a circumference comes in. How can you have a circumference if there is no center? It may not be visible but it is there, otherwise the circumference cannot be there. Then, if you look rightly and deeply, the circumference is nothing but the center extended, and the center is nothing but the circumference in seed, condensed, concentrated, in essence.

Live neither in the entanglements of outer things,
nor in inner feelings of emptiness.
Be serene without striving for activity in the oneness of things
and such erroneous views will disappear by themselves.
When you try to stop activity to achieve passivity
your very effort fills you with activity.

This is the law of reverse effect.