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Chapter 10: A Single Shout

There is no need to reconcile. Reconciliation will mean you have found a way to console yourself. For example you can fall upon the theory of karma. You can say this man is suffering because of his karma. Now you are reconciled, now you need not worry about it, you need not go into it; it is none of your business. He is suffering from his karma. That’s what Indians have been doing down the ages. A poor man is suffering from his karma, he has to suffer, he has done something wrong in his past lives. This is a punishment; he should not do such a thing again. Then you are no more disturbed by it, then you think you are not a part to his misery.

No, I will not say that. We are all part, we are all together here. No man is an island, we make one vast continent. We are involved with each other. If you are happy the world that surrounds you is involved in your happiness. If you are miserable the world that surrounds you is involved in your misery. We are not separate.

So, when seeing misery outside, feel miserable. Why think of reconciliation? Nothing is wrong in being miserable, if you can remember only one thing: then be totally miserable. Then inside this place or outside you will have one thing common - that is totality. And that is what is needed. When you cry, cry totally. When tears come to your eyes don’t be a miser, then don’t hold them back. Overflow in them, let them take your whole being, let them possess you. While dancing dance totally possessed, mad. When laughing let there be laughter. But be total.

One thing more: India and the Indian people suffer because of their stupid notions. Feel sorry for them. Down the ages the so-called religious people have been preaching poverty; that is the root cause. They have been praising poverty like anything, as if poverty is a value in itself. Poverty is not a value in itself; discomfort is not a value in itself; inconvenience is not a value in itself. Illness, disease, is not a value. But down the ages the so-called Indian mahatmas have been preaching to people that poverty has a spiritual value. If you are poor you are spiritual, if you are rich you are materialist.

That’s why Indians go on saying that Americans are materialists because they are rich. To be rich and to be materialist is synonymous to the Indian mind. And Indians are spiritual because they are poor. To be poor and to be spiritual is synonymous. This is absurd. A man can be poor and materialist, and a man can be rich and religious and spiritual.

According to me, the rich man has more possibilities to be religious than the poor man. He can afford religion. The poor man cannot even think about it. The poor man is bound to be materialist. The rich man has the possibility to get out of materialism - because he has seen it all, he has experienced it all, and he has come to recognize that it doesn’t give the thing that you are searching for, that it doesn’t fulfill, that the aching heart remains aching, that the emptiness in the spirit remains the same. No riches can fill it, no riches can give you the feeling of fulfillment and flowering. Only the rich man can know the absurdity of richness. The poor man cannot know; he still hopes, he still has much to arrange.

Only in a really rich world will religion become a universal phenomenon. In a poor world the only religion that can have any appeal is communism. No other religion can have any other appeal.

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