Chapter 5: How Sweet to Be Free
A seeker has to be a lion. He has to learn to be free from the crowd psychology, from the mob mind. He has to learn ways of individuality, of independence. He has to think of what he is doing and why. He should not be just a victim of natural life forces; he should have a certain sense of direction. Only then is there a possibility of achieving, of coming back home, of reaching somewhere, of attaining contentment, fulfillment, flowering, fruitfulness. Otherwise life remains meaningless; it is just a jumble of unrelated events.
Do not be reckless. First thing: Do not be just curious. Second thing: Do not be reckless.
New York City was jammed for the convention. Every hotel and rooming house was full. Phillips was tired - he simply had to find a place to sleep that night.
“Anything will do,” he said to the hotel clerk.
“I can let you have a cot in the ballroom,” replied the clerk, “But there’s a woman in the opposite corner. If you don’t make any noise she’ll be none the wiser.”
“Fine,” said Phillips. He went to the ballroom but five minutes later came running out to the clerk.
“Say,” he cried, “that woman there is dead!”
“I know,” was the answer, “but how did you find out?”
Everybody is curious for no reason at all - it was none of his business. Even he cannot answer why - some unconscious instinct, maybe biology, maybe chemistry, but not his consciousness.
Who or what is deciding your life? - your biology, your chemistry, your psychology, your hormones? Who is deciding your life? Are you? - you as a conscious being?
A drunk walked into a bar in Glasgow and asked, “Was I in here last night?”
“Yes, you were,” replied the barmaid.
“Did I spend much money?”
“About thirty pounds.”
“Thank God - I thought I’d lost it!”
Angus was staggering home after a night with his fishing pals when he came upon a scarecrow, arms outstretched.
“Hey, Jimmy,” he said, “I refuse to believe you. There never was a trout that size.”
A number of Scottish soldiers were court-martialed for wrecking a public house, and one of them was asked to explain to the court how the trouble had started.