Chapter 42: Reality Is Far Richer than Imagination
That’s why I don’t teach you revolution; I teach you rebellion.
Revolution is of the crowd; rebellion is of the individual.
The individual changes himself. He does not care about the power structure; he simply manages to change his being, gives birth to a new man in himself.
And if the whole country is rebellious.. The most wonderful thing about it is this: in rebellion both kinds of revolutionaries can participate, because in rebellion much has to be destroyed and much has to be created. Things have to be destroyed in order to create, so it has an appeal for both - those who are interested in destruction and those who are interested in creativity.
It is not a crowd phenomenon. It is your own individuality.
And if millions of people go through rebellion, then the power of countries, nations is going to be in the hands of these people - rebels.
Only in rebellion can revolution succeed; otherwise, revolution has a split personality.
Rebellion is one, single.
And remember this: in rebellion, destructiveness and creativity go hand in hand together, supporting each other. They are not separate processes. Once you make them separate - as they are in revolution - you will repeat the story.
The story in the question is not complete.
It is a beautiful mystic story. A man comes to a master to ask how much man is independent, free. Is he totally free, or is there a limitation? Is there something like fate, kismet, destiny, a God who makes a limitation beyond which you cannot be free?
The mystic answered in his own way - not logically but existentially. He said, “Stand up.”
The man must have felt this was a stupid kind of answer, “I am asking a simple question and he is asking me to stand up.” But he said, “Let us see what happens.”
And the mystic said, “Now, raise one of your legs up.”
The man, by this time, must have been thinking he had come to a mad man; what has this to do with freedom, independence? But now that he has come.and there must have been a crowd of the disciples.and the mystic was so respected; not to follow him would be disrespectful, and there was no harm.
So he took away one of his legs from the earth, so one foot was in the air and he was standing on one foot.
And then the master said, “That’s perfectly good. Just one thing more. Now take the other foot up also.”
That is impossible.