Chapter 25: Freedom Is Your Inner Nature
In the West, marriage has been destroyed because the joint family disappeared, and the husband and wife are left together. Nobody else to fight with, they start fighting with each other, and sooner or later they get fed up with each other. Once you know each other then everything becomes old, a repetition and routine. Then the mind starts moving to another woman, another man - because the mind is always seeking something new, something novel.
My understanding is that sooner or later, if love is to be saved, the eastern wisdom has to be listened to again.
So leave it to me. Earn the honeymoon first, mm? When I see that you have earned it, I will send you. A honeymoon should not be the beginning of marriage; otherwise it becomes the end! It should be the climax of marriage, not the beginning. My feeling is that only old couples should be allowed to go on honeymoons, because they have earned it. Good!
I feel as though I am very old and set in my ways, and it is difficult to change.
No, it is not difficult to change, but if you have the idea that it is, then it will become difficult. This idea can create trouble - nothing else. You can drop the old as easily as you drop your old clothes; nothing much is involved in it.
Nobody is set. Your being always remains free - because freedom is your inner nature, nothing can imprison you. This very moment you are totally free, because you are the doer, and you are greater than your doing, bigger than your act. Whatsoever you have been doing you are free, already free!
If you have been angry, when the anger has gone you are free. There is no need to bother that you have been angry, so how can you be free of it? - you are already free, the anger has gone. It was a momentary thing that you have passed, you have overcome. If you want to repeat it you can, but that will be a fresh decision to be angry. Don’t say that you are angry because you have been angry so many times before. You are not a machine. It is a fresh decision, a fresh commitment to be angry. You are always free to break with the past; nobody is holding you, nobody can ever hold you. Consciousness is absolute freedom. Once you understand this, you stop putting these wrong suggestions to yourself.
Tomorrow morning when you get up, get up new, and start behaving as though you are new. Make a new decision that you will cancel all old ones, and you will start living afresh. There is no barrier. I tell you this from my own experience and working with thousands of people - that nothing is a barrier.
People are deceptive, and go on deceiving themselves saying, “How can I drop it now? I have had this habit for thirty years; it will take thirty more years to drop it!” Then they will say, “Now it has been sixty years, so how can I drop it right now? - it will take sixty years to drop.” Then they say one hundred and twenty years(.