Chapter 4: The Triangle of Being
A healthy person is one: when he wants to move in, he moves - there is no hindrance. He has no compulsion to be extrovert, and the same vice versa. If you are compulsively introvert, that whenever you start moving without there are inner hindrances - you have to fight, you cannot flow, you have to force - then you are ill. A healthy person, a healthy being, a healthy energy, is always ready to move anywhere. There is no compulsion to be somewhere in particular.
A healthy energy is a flowing energy. You go to the market, you move out; nobody inside condemns, “To move out is worldly, materialistic.” Nobody condemns. When you go to the temple you move withinwards; nobody condemns, “To go within is morbid. This is for foolish people, unworldly, simpletons. This way you will lose all because all the riches are out - where are you going by closing your eyes and watching your navel? You are becoming a fool.”
In the West, when they want to condemn the East they call them “navel-watchers” or “lotus-eaters.” One cannot be alive by just eating lotus - mad people. And when in the East people want to condemn the West they call them “money-oriented, materialistic, worldly.” But both these types of psychologies are ill and morbid. A true psychology is still to be born: a psychology of the whole person - a psychology of flow, of no compulsion, no obsession.
A man should be as capable of coming out and going in as you are capable of coming out of your house and going in. When the climate is beautiful you go out, you sit in the garden under the tree. Then the sun rises and it is too hot, you seek shelter, you come in. In the day you go out, in the night you come in. A deep balance is needed, and for a deep balance opposites should not be taken as opposites - and they are not. They are complementaries - yin and yang, man and woman, day and night, summer and winter, sansar and nirvana.
Remember, my whole emphasis is for the meeting of the opposites. Then you are not confined, then you have no limitation. Then you are unlimited, no boundary exists. And this is the emphasis of Hasidism also.
A Hasidic sage is as worldly as anybody, and a Hasidic sage is as unworldly as anybody. He lives in the world but he is not of the world; he moves in the world, remains untouched by it - he is a beyond. This is true religion.
The religion that you call religion is not true religion. It is just in opposition to the world. It is a choice. That’s why if you choose that type of religion you may change, but fundamentally you will remain the same. The change will be just on the surface. The change will be just like, as if one goes from one imprisonment to another. One imprisonment is on this side of the road, another is on that side of the road. You live in one prison and you think of the other as if there is freedom. It is opposite, things are different there, but again it is a confinement.
Between these two imprisonments there is the open road - the way of the white clouds. Just exactly in the middle, between two opposites, is the way. To me, extrovert is morbid, introvert is also morbid. When you are neither, you are healthy.