Chapter 2: Dissolution into the Cosmic
So we have many faces; really, no one has one personality, mm? - we have multi-personalities. Everyone has to change faces the whole day. You cannot remain with one face. It will be so difficult because every time you face someone else you have to use another face. Before your servant you cannot have the same face as you have before your master. Before your wife you cannot have the same face as you have before your beloved. So we have a flexible system of continually changing faces.
For the whole day, the whole life, we are continually changing faces. You can be aware of this. You can feel when you change a face and why you change it and how many faces you have. So, really, a personality means a system of flexible faces, and when you say that someone has a great personality it only means that he has a more flexible system. He is not a fixed man: he has a more flexible system. He can change very easily. He is a big actor.
This is personality; you have to construct it every moment. So no one can be at ease with his personality, it is a constant effort. So if you are tired, your personality will lose its luster. In the morning your personality has a luster, in the evening it is lost. The whole day of utility: it is constantly changing. So when I use the word personality, I mean a false appearance which you have created around yourself.
Individuality is something else. Individuality does not mean something constructed and created by you, but the very nature of your being. Again, the word individuality is very meaningful. It means that which cannot be divided, which is indivisible. We have an inherent intrinsic nature which cannot be divided, which is indivisible. Carl Gustav Jung chooses the word ‘individuation’ as one of the deepest phenomena. He said individuation is the way towards truth, towards the divine - individuation: being an individual.
The Indian term “yoga” means the same thing as individuation. The term “yoga” means to conjoin again that which has become divisible, to join again that which has become divided, to come again to the indivisible. So when translating “yoga” into English, it would be better if we call it “the way to individuation.” This individuality remains and becomes more penetrating, becomes more sharp. The moment you lose the ego, the moment you discard your personalities, you become individual.
This individuality is a unique phenomenon. This is unrepeatable. A Buddha cannot be repeated; a Gautam Siddharth can be repeated. A Jesus can be repeated, but not Jesus Christ. Jesus means the personality; Jesus Christ means the individuality. Gautam Siddharth is just ordinary; he can be repeated. Anyone can be Gautam Siddharth, but the moment Gautam Siddharth becomes enlightened and becomes the Buddha, now the phenomenon is unrepeatable. It is unique. It has never been before and it will never be again. This buddhahood, this peak of realization, is so unique that it cannot be repeated.
So when I said to be just like a valley, and when I said that every valley will echo differently, I meant that every valley has its own individuality. Buddha has his own, Jesus his, Krishna his. So, really, this will be good to understand.