Chapter 10: The Original Signature
Meditation is a way to go within yourselves to that depth where thoughts don’t exist, so it is not indoctrination. It is not teaching you anything in fact, it is just making you alert to your inner capacity to be without thought, to be without mind. And the best time is when the child is still uncorrupted.
The second question:
Is there anybody in the world who is perfect?
Perfection, the idea of perfection, is an ugly idea. A perfectionist is a neurotic. Perfectionism is a psychological disease.
So the first thing to be remembered is that I am not for any kind of perfection. I want you to be whole, but not perfect; 1 want you to be total, but not perfect. Avoid perfection, because perfection means death; perfection means that now there is no more growth. Perfection means an existential cul-de-sac - you have come to the end of your tether. Now there is nowhere to go, you are stuck and stuck forever - you are perfect.
Just think of the horrible situation - that you are stuck, nowhere to go, nothing to do, no possibility to grow, no direction to flow. You are just there like a rock.
Life is a flow. Imperfection is beautiful. Be total, and never strive for perfection. What is the difference? When I say, “Be total,” I mean that whatsoever you do, do it totally, not perfectly - these are two different dimensions. You have been taught to be perfect.
For example, if you are angry the perfectionist will say, “This is not right. Drop anger.” Anger cannot be allowed in a perfect human being; a perfect human being cannot be angry. That’s why in India the so-called religious people cannot respect Jesus very much because there are moments when he became angry. He became angry in the temple. He turned over the boards of the money-changers, all alone he threw them all out of the temple. He was really angry. Now Hindus will say, “This is not perfection. Jesus getting angry? This simply means he is an imperfect human being.”
Perfectionism will say “No anger.” In fact, the perfectionist’s idea is no love either - because if you are loving that too shows some need. So Jainas don’t say that Mahavira was loving, they simply say he was nonviolent. Now this is a very ugly way to describe such a loving man - to describe him through a negative, just to say that he was nonviolent, that he would not hurt anybody. That’s all. But he would not love. How could he love? He was perfect. He had no need for any human relationship, all his needs had disappeared.
Love is a need. You want to love and you want to be loved. This is how imperfection goes. Mahavira is perfect, he cannot love. So Jainas depict him as being almost cold. That coldness is the coldness of death.