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Chapter 1: Falling in Tune with the Whole

The religious mind denies not. His affirmation is absolute, unconditional. He says yes to existence. And his yes has no conditions - remember it; when he says yes he means it. If you find a person who says no to existence, to life, to this and that, then remember, he is just an egoist - not religious at all. He is fighting the whole, trying to prove himself a conqueror, trying to prove that he is something special. He is doomed to fail. His frustration is sooner or later going to be; it cannot be avoided for long, it is predestined. It is predestined by his own attitude of conflict. Religion is cooperation - cooperation with all that is.

Try to understand it as deeply as possible because only then will you be able to understand this mystic singer Kabir. He is a lover of life. He does not deny, he does not negate, he does not condemn, he never sees anything bad anywhere. Once you have had a vision of the whole, all becomes sublime. Then there is nothing secular; everything is sacred, and the whole existence is the temple of God, and the whole life is a prayer. Walking, you walk in God. Dancing, you dance in God. Sleeping, you sleep in God - because nothing else exists than him.

God is the guarantee of goodness. God means the good. The good is the substratum of existence, so evil is not possible. Evil is impossible. We must have misrepresented; we must have brought our own ideas, concepts, doctrines; we must have created our own stupid private notions of how things should be. Things simply are. There is no should in existence. The idea of should is brought by man - and once you bring the idea of should, existence is divided into two: good and bad. Once you say “Things should be like this,” you have moved away from reality, you have moved away from that which is. And only that which is, IS; nothing else. Reality is here as it is; don’t bring the should, otherwise the condemnation comes.

In the West, Albert Schweitzer has created a very false notion about the East. He was a great thinker, but unfortunately not acquainted with the Eastern mind at all. And he was too Western. He has created a notion that East and Eastern religions are life-denying, life-negative. It is utter nonsense. And you will see, when we enter into Kabir you will see: more life-affirmation is not possible, more love for live is not possible. Even Jesus is not so life-affirmative as Kabir. Where else can you find a temple like Khajuraho, more life-affirmative? Where can you find an occult science like Tantra, more life-affirming? Where can you find such absolute yes? Life is God - and there is no other god; and worship of life is worship - and there is no other worship.

But Schweitzer got his ideas because the Christian missionaries have been interpreting the Eastern religion in such a way that it looks life-negative. Of course there have been a few thinkers in the East who ARE life-negative, but they are very few, and the main current of Eastern religiousness does not consist only of them. In fact they are by the side of the road; they are not the main flow of Eastern consciousness. But Christian missionaries emphasized those life-negative thinkers, and, emphasized their life-negativities more and more, to create an atmosphere in the West as if Christianity is life-affirmative. The truth is just the reverse: Christianity is not life-affirmative. It has not loved man, it has not loved this world, it has not danced, it has not laughed.

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