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Chapter 2: The Way Is Perfect

You may go on the inner trip. Look at the hippies; they are the future of the West. They are against technology - the same type, the introvert type that has devastated the whole East, that has been catastrophic to the East. They are against technology, they are against outside cleanliness. You cannot find more dirty people than hippies; they will not take a bath, they will not change their clothes. They say these are outside things, they are on the inner trip. They are interested in meditation, but they are not interested in sanitation. No! The same foolishness, the same extreme, the same opposite. It is appealing, because when you have lived on one extreme the mind says, “Now move to the other because this has not been fulfilling. This extreme has failed, so move to the opposite.” But remember, it is easy to move from one extreme to another, but extremes never fulfill. Look at the East: the inner extreme has also not been a fulfillment, it has also been a failure. It is not a question of outer and inner, it is a question of balance. Balance succeeds, imbalance fails.

And outer and inner are not two. Where does outer end and inner start? Can you demark, can you make a boundary? Can you say, “Here the outer ends and the inner starts?” Where? They are not divided. Those divisions are of the mind. Inner and outer are one: the outer is just the inner extended, the inner is just the outer penetrating. They are one - two hands, two legs, two eyes of one being.

Is the outer, outside of existence? It cannot be, because nothing can be outer to existence, nothing can be out of it. The whole must include the outer and the whole must include the inner. For the whole there is nothing like outer and nothing like inner. This is what Sosan says. He says:

Live neither in the entanglements of outer things,
nor in inner feelings of emptiness.
Be serene without striving activity in the oneness of things
and such erroneous views will disappear by themselves.

People come to me - and mind is so cunning - they come to me and they say, “We would like to take sannyas but we want inner sannyas, not outer. We will not change clothes.” And they say, “Why outer? Let it be just inner!” They don’t know what they are saying. Where does the inner start?

When you eat food you never say, “Let it be inner.” When you are thirsty and you drink water, you never say, “Let it be inner. Thirst is inner, so why take outer water?” But where does the water end and where does the thirst start? - because if you take water the thirst disappears, so it means there is a meeting. Somewhere the outer water meets the inner thirst, otherwise how can it disappear?

You feel hungry and you take food. Food is outer, hunger is inner; for inner hunger why take outer food? Why be foolish? Take something inner. But there is no inner food. Hunger is inner, food is outer, but somewhere the food goes in. It changes territory: it becomes your blood, it becomes your bones. It becomes the very stuff your mind is made of, it becomes your thinking.

Food becomes your thought. And if food becomes your thought, remember, food will also become your no-thought. Food becomes your mind, food becomes your meditation. Without mind can you meditate? Without mind how will you become no-mind? Without thinking how will you drop thinking? Mind is very subtle food, no-mind is the subtlest food - but there is no division.

So when you want to take sannyas, even the color transcends territory. It starts from the outer and by and by penetrates into the deeper. It colors your very being; even the clothing touches your soul. It has to be so because outer and inner are not two, they are one. A simple gesture - it looks outer, goes to the very being, and it comes from there. Remember, don’t play games and don’t divide existence. It is undivided.