Chapter 11: And the Wheel Moves
Is each successive life we live a spiritual advancement on the previous one?
Not necessarily. It can be, it may not be; it all depends on the person. There is no law in existence that you always go higher; you can go lower, you can fall below the previous stage. The path of evolution becomes certain only when you are becoming more conscious; then each successive life is on a higher plane.
But how many people are trying to be conscious? On the contrary, most of the people in the world are trying to be as unconscious as possible, because what little consciousness they know is nothing but anxiety, anguish, worry. It is a torture, a tension.
And there is no certainty that what you are deciding is the right thing, so there is a great fear, a hesitation. In the small consciousness that man has, he is always in the position of either-or - divided, split, torn apart - one part pulling in one direction, another part pulling in another direction. He is simply miserable.
It is not an accident that alcohol and other drugs which can drown your consciousness in the vast unconscious are as old as man. Thousands of times it has been impressed on man that he should drop these things. He has been punished for them - he has suffered imprisonment, fines - but these drugs give him something greater than the fear of your punishment.
All religions are basically against drugs, all governments are basically against drugs, all educational systems are against drugs. It is very strange: everybody is against drugs; then why do drugs continue? And there is not a single individual to stand up and ask why.
Drugs are as old as man and the effort to drop them is also as old as man, and every effort has failed - and the efforts are being made by the powers against individuals who have no power. But still they have not been able to eradicate drugs from human life. And I don’t think they will ever be able to eradicate them, because they don’t take into account the basic cause of why man wants to be unconscious. They just go on fighting with the symptoms, which is simply stupid.
None of the religions, none of the governments, provide the exact reason why man wants to become unconscious. In fact they could not say it even if they knew it, because it is a condemnation of their whole society. The way they have created the world is so ugly that people don’t want to be conscious. People want to become unconscious, people want to forget all about it. They are ready to take punishment, they are ready to go to jail, but they are not ready to drop drugs because, in the world that these so-called powers and so-called religions have created, it is not worth being conscious; it is simply terrible.