Chapter 16: There Is Only the One
Recently, I was doing a study about the iq, the intelligence quotient. Each person’s intelligence has a number. Intelligence can be measured, and your intelligence quotient can be found. I was amazed to see that if the intelligence of one hundred people is measured, one of them will be what is called a genius, and one will be what is called an idiot, which is the polar opposite of a genius - only one. You will not find two geniuses in a group of one hundred people, and if you do find two geniuses then there will also be two super-idiots in the group. There will be one genius to one super-idiot, there will not be two super-idiots. If the intelligence of all the people in the world were to be measured, there would be a certain balance in it. It is very surprising that for each genius, there is a super-idiot. If there are ten people with exceptional genius, above the level of genius, then there will be ten exceptional super-idiots, below the super-idiot. This is the proportion: if fifty people are on one side, then fifty will be on the other. This proportion never changes.
This means that the intelligence that flowers in this world only happens side by side with unintelligence, and in equal proportion. Intelligence cannot flower otherwise. Whenever a genius comes into this world, he brings a super-idiot with him and whenever a super-idiot comes into this world, the opportunity for a genius to come opens. Hence, you cannot really separate the intelligent people from the idiots. They are like two sides of a scale: if you remove one side, the other side will also be removed. So the intelligent people should be grateful to the idiots, because without them they could not exist.
Either today or tomorrow, humanity will discover that every aspect of life is balanced in the same way. If a Rama is born here, he does not come without a Ravana; a Ravana has to come immediately to balance the scale. The mind would like there to be no Ravana, but there will be no Rama unless there is a Ravana.
Life is a balance. Good and evil are just two sides of one and the same scale. Hence, the real question is not whether evil should disappear or whether there should be more goodness: the real question is to see the inner thread that connects good and evil. Then goodness is not just goodness and evil is not just evil. Then you know that both are inevitable in life. It is like when you build an arched doorway, you have to arrange the bricks of the arch in opposite directions, against each other: on the foundation of these opposing bricks a whole mansion can be built. If someone gets the idea to not lay the bricks against each other and lay them all in one direction, then the mansion cannot be built, because it will collapse immediately. Those opposing bricks balance each other, and when their whole weight is balanced a tremendous strength, a tremendous energy, is created.
All energy is created through dialectics, through the tension between opposites, and it also functions through dialectics. Hence, the day will never come when a Rama can exist without a Ravana. There is no reason for you to be disturbed by this fact. If you can understand it rightly, then Ravana is not all evil: Rama and Ravana are two sides of the same game. If either were not there, the game would simply end. Just try to stage Ramaleela, the drama of Rama’s life, without Ravana’s role in it and you will know what I mean. In fact, it is not right to just call it Ramaleela: it is Rama-Ravanaleela. If you understand it rightly, they are the opposing bricks in the arch that holds up the whole drama. You are attached to Rama, so you have named the play Ramaleela, but if you look at things clearly, without any attachment, you would call the play Rama-Ravanaleela.