Chapter 31: Watchfulness: The Essential Religion
The other night a girlfriend of mine wolf-whistled at you in darshan. She said you smiled, whereas nobody else around her looked like they appreciated it. I felt sure that you would enjoy it because you’re such a crazy master. Would you please speak about this craziness. I love it so much. What is the difference between ordinary madness and divine madness?
There is a great difference between ordinary madness and divine madness. Although it is great, it is very subtle. There is something similar and something absolutely different. The ordinary madness means you have fallen below the mind - but you have fallen out of it. The divine madness means you have gone beyond the mind - but you have gone out of it.
Falling below the mind and going beyond the mind have one similarity: both are leaving the mind behind; hence, the madman and the sage in some way look similar, but their difference is great. To be beyond the mind means to be in silence, utter silence. To be beyond the mind means you become the master of the mind. To fall below the mind means you become a slave of the mind. All the whimsical ideas of the mind you have to obey; you don’t have any control over your mind.
The man who has transcended his mind is in absolute control of his mind. He uses it when needed, and he stops using it when it is not needed; mind becomes an instrument in his hands. But for the ordinary man the situation is very sad. He becomes an instrument in the hands of the mind.
You are asking, “The other night a girlfriend of mine wolf-whistled at you in darshan.” You seem to be very poor. You have only a girlfriend? But whosoever is here, whether girl or boy, is my friend. I have not heard the wolf-whistle and I would like your girlfriend to do it again. I love it, because nobody does it to me. She must be mad.
As far as my smiling is concerned, she says that I smiled. Even if she had tears in her eyes, I would have smiled the same. Even if she were dead, I would have smiled the same. I don’t smile at you, I simply smile; it is not addressed to anyone in particular. But if she feels good about it, there is no harm! This time I will be careful, but she has to do it a little louder that I can hear it in the whole crowd. And whether it is a wolf-whistle or anything, if it is done out of love, it is respectful.
“.. whereas nobody else around her looked like they appreciated it.” Perhaps she does not know how to do it; otherwise, my people are always appreciating. Only when you do something wrong, utterly wrong.. She has to do some homework. She should start doing it to everyone in the ashram, whomsoever she sees, so she will become famous as the wolf-whistle girlfriend - girlfriend of all. Why possess her? Such a girlfriend is wild and needs to have total freedom.