Chapter 5: My Skin and Bone Are Turned to Gold
The man of being is called “the novel man,” the new man. Why call him new? - because in a sense he is as old as humanity. But he is so rare that whenever he comes he is always new - there is rarely a Buddha, rarely a Jesus, a Krishna - very rarely. In this rotten mass of humanity, very rarely does somebody arise with an authentic being and declare that his kingdom is of the within. It happens so rarely that Bauls are right to call him “the novel man,” the new man.
So this is the distinction to be understood: the man who is after having more and more will go on losing his being - because the only way to have more is to pay with being. Then you have to cut your being and throw it away. Everything has to be paid for, nothing is free. Even futile things have to be paid for.
One day the man of having is almost gone. He has much but he is no more. He has bargained with his soul. He has exchanged: he has dollars, rupees, pounds, but no soul in him. Just a negative emptiness exists. He is the beggar, but he may look to you like a king. Don’t be deceived by the appearances. Those who look like kings are not kings. Look deeply, watch deeply. They may have achieved much which can be counted, which can be shown and exhibited, but they have lost something of the invisible, something of their being.
Have you not observed it? - whenever you purchase something you have to pay. If you want to compete with people you will have to pay. You will become less and less loving. A man who is a competitor cannot be loving simultaneously - it is impossible. A man who is trying to compete, a man who is ambitious, has to be non-loving. Then he is paying with love.
Politicians cannot be loving, they know only war. That’s natural; they exist through conflict. So they may talk about peace, but their whole talk is just nonsense, just gibberish. They talk about peace and they prepare for war. They never prepare for peace. They prepare for war and they never talk about war, they talk about peace. And when the time comes, they even go to war and fight for peace! They say it has to be done to save peace. But basically, the mind of the competitor is violent. One who is ambitious is violent and cannot be loving.
The hippie slogan “Make love not war” is very, very meaningful. If the world were more loving, war would disappear automatically because who would be ready to fight? For what?
No country wants its people to be very loving. No country wants its people to be deep in love - because if they are deep in love they become incapable of war. Their sex, their love, has to be repressed. When love and sex are repressed, people are ready to jump out of their skins. They are so boiling, they are always ready to fight. That’s why a poor country can fight better than a rich country. That is the story of Vietnam.
The American soldier knows a little of love - he has the facility, he is not so repressed. That is the problem with America now: America is not so repressed. It has tasted of love. But when you fight with a small country like Vietnam you cannot win, because their soldiers are very repressed. It has always happened in the past: a richer country is always in danger of being invaded by a poorer country.