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Chapter 3: The Nature of Darkness and of Light

All morality is a fight against darkness, that’s why it is stupid. All morality, unconditionally, is a fight with darkness, fighting with something which in itself is not. Hate is not real; it is just the absence of love. Anger is not real; it is just the absence of compassion. Ignorance is not real; it is just the absence of buddhahood, of enlightenment. Sex is not real; it is just the absence of brahmacharya. And all morality goes on fighting with that which is not. A moralist can never succeed; it is impossible. Finally he has to be defeated, because his whole effort is nonsense.

And there is the distinction between religion and morality: morality tries to fight with darkness, and religion tries to awaken the light which is hidden within. It doesn’t bother about the darkness; it simply tries to find the light within. Once the light is there, darkness disappears; once the light is there, you need not do anything to darkness - it is simply not there.

This is the second thing: that nothing can be done to darkness directly. If you want to do something with darkness, you will have to do something with light, not with darkness. Put the light off and the darkness is there; put the light on and the darkness is not there. But you cannot put on and put off darkness; you cannot bring it from somewhere, you cannot push it out. If you want to do something with darkness, you have to go via light; you have to go in an indirect way.

Never fight things which are not. The mind is tempted to fight, but that temptation is dangerous: you will waste your energy and life and dissipate yourself. Don’t be tempted by the mind, simply see whether a thing has a real existence or is just an absence. If it is an absence, then don’t fight with it; seek the thing of which it is the absence, then you will be on the right track.

The third thing about darkness is that it is involved deeply with your existence in many millions of ways.

Whenever you are angry, your light within has disappeared. In fact, you are angry because the light has disappeared; the darkness has entered. You can be angry only when you are unconscious, you cannot be angry consciously. Try it, either you will lose consciousness and anger will be there, or you will remain conscious and anger will not arise - you cannot be angry consciously. What does it mean? It means the nature of consciousness is just like light, and the nature of anger is just like darkness - you cannot have both. If the light is there, you cannot have darkness; if you are conscious, you cannot be angry.

People come to me continuously and ask how not to be angry. They are asking a wrong question; and when you ask a wrong question it is very difficult to get the right answer. First ask the right question. Don’t ask how to dispel darkness, don’t ask how to dispel worries, anguish and anxiety, just analyze your mind and see why they are there in the first place. They are there because you are not conscious enough. So ask the right question: how to be more and more conscious? If you ask how not to be angry, you will become the victim of some moralist. And if you ask how to be more conscious, so anger cannot exist, so lust cannot exist, so greed cannot exist, then you are on the right track, then you will become a religious seeker.

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