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Chapter 1: The Mustard Seed

What is the fear of going to Rome? Why is a psychiatrist afraid of going to religion? - because Rome is just the symbol, the representative. Jung had created a philosophy around his mind, and that philosophy was afraid of being shattered. It is just as if a camel is afraid to go to the Himalayas, because when a camel goes near the Himalayas, he comes to know for the first time that he is nothing. This whole philosophy that Jung has created is just childish. Man has created such vast, cosmic systems, and all those systems are now in ruins. The fear is that going to Rome means going to the ruins of the great systems that the past has created.

What about your small system? What about this small corner that you have cleaned and decorated? What about your philosophy?

Great philosophies have tumbled down and gone to dust: go to Rome, see what has happened! Go to Athens, see what has happened! Where are the schools of Aristotle and Plato and Socrates? All have disappeared into dust. The greatest systems in the end come to dust; all thoughts finally prove to be useless, because thought is just a man-created thing.

Only in “no-thought” do you come to know the divine. Through thought you cannot come to know the eternal, because thought is of time. Thought cannot be of the eternal; no philosophy, no system of thought can be eternal. That was the fear.

Jung made reservations and canceled at least four or five times. And this man Jung was one of the greatest psychiatrists; if he was so afraid of going to Rome, what of his disciples? Even you are not afraid; not because you are better than Jung, but just because you are more unaware. He was aware that in Rome his philosophy would fall down; the moment he looked at the ruins of all the great systems, a trembling, a fear of death, “What will happen to my system? What will happen to me?” would take hold. He trembled and came back, and in his memoirs he wrote: “Then finally I dropped the whole project. I am not going to Rome.”

The same thing happened to Freud many times. He also tried to go to Rome - so it does not seem to be just a coincidence - and he also was afraid. Why? Freud was as angry as you can be, Freud was as sexual as you can be, as scared of death as you can be, as neurotic in his behavior as you can be. So what is the difference? He may have been a more intelligent man, may have been a genius perhaps, may have been able to help a little, but he was as blind as you are as far as the ultimate is concerned, as far as the secret-most, innermost core of being is concerned.

No, psychiatry cannot become religion. It may become a good hospital, but it cannot become a temple; it is not possible. And a psychiatrist may be needed because people are ill, maladjusted, but a psychiatrist is not a master and a patient is not a disciple. If you come to a master as a patient then you will miss, because a master is not a psychiatrist. I am not a psychiatrist.

People come to me and they say, “I am suffering from mental anxiety, neurosis, this and that.” I say, “It is okay, because I am not going to treat your anxiety, I am going to treat you. I am not concerned with your diseases, I am simply concerned with you. Diseases are on the periphery, and there is no disease where you are.”

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