Chapter 7: By Watching.
Albert Einstein contributes to the world in a very objective way, but cannot contribute anything of the inner - hence his contribution becomes a curse. He suffered his whole life because he was the man who proposed that atom bombs should be made. He had written a letter to the American president: “Now it is time - unless the atom bomb is made the war can go on for years and years and will be very destructive. Just making the atom bomb, the very threat of it, will stop the war.”
But once the power - any kind of power - reaches the hands of the politicians, you cannot control them, you cannot prevent them from using it. The politician is the most stupid kind of person - monkeyish, power-mad.
Once the atom bomb was in the hands of the American politicians it had to be dropped somewhere. Hiroshima, Nagasaki, were bound to happen. And when they happened it was a wound, a great wound, for Albert Einstein. He repented his whole life.
In the last moments, when somebody asked him, “Would you like to become a scientist again if God gives you an opportunity to be born in the world again?”
He said, “No, certainly no, absolutely no! I would rather like to be a plumber than a physicist, a scientist. Enough is enough! I have not been a blessing to the world, I have been a curse.”
He enriched the outer world certainly, but without inner growth, the outer growth creates lopsidedness. You possess many things, but you don’t possess yourself. You have all that can make you happy but you are not happy, because happiness cannot be derived from your possessions. Happiness is an inner welling-up; it is an awakening of your own energies. It is an awakening of your soul.
Buddha contributed tremendously to the subjective dimension. He is a master par excellence. Whatsoever he says is absolutely true, but it is one-dimensional - never forget it.
My effort is to create the fourth way: a man who joins all three dimensions of life into himself, who becomes a trinity, a trimurti, who has all these three faces of God to him. Who has as much of a logical mind as is needed by science, who is also as poetic as is needed by aesthetics, and who is also as meditative and watchful as is proposed by the buddhas.
The fourth man is the hope of the world. The fourth way is the only possibility if man is to survive. If man is still to exist on this earth, we have to find a great synthesis between these three dimensions. And if these three dimensions are meeting, merging, melting into one, of course that synthesis is the fourth.
I am speaking on Buddha, on Mahavira, on Jesus, on Patanjali, on Lao Tzu, and many more. But always remember that all these people are one-dimensional. I want to enrich your life through their teachings, but I don’t end with them. I would like you to go a little deeper into other dimensions too.
Hence the new commune is going to be a meeting place of East and West, of the subjective and the objective. In the new commune we are going to have scientists, artists, poets, painters, singers, musicians, meditators, yogis, mystics - all kinds of people pouring their energies into one great river. And that’s how I would like the whole world to be.