Chapter 4: The Perfume of Absolute Contentment
So is Jesus, so is Pythagoras.they are all mystics, poets, scientists. The real man is bound to be a total man. And that’s my teaching too: I would not like you to be partial, I would not like you to be lopsided. I would not like you to live only in the body, or only in the soul. People have tried that! And because of those efforts, man has not become what he has the birthright to become. Man has not bloomed, has not flowered. He cannot. Unless all the three dimensions are together, something will be missing. And that missing part will go on haunting you, will go on creating misery for you.
The missing part will not allow you to be really contented. The missing part will not allow you to be grateful to God. The missing part will not allow you to release the fragrance in tremendous gratefulness, thankfulness - to be prayerful. It will not allow you prayer. Only a fulfilled man can pray. Only a contented man can pray: contentment is prayer. Prayer is the perfume of absolute contentment.
Live in the body as Epicurus lived in the body. Live in the soul as all the mystics have always tried to live in the soul, but don’t deny Epicurus. My vision of the whole man implies Epicurus too, as much as Jesus, as much as Zarathustra. And the poet is just between the two, the meeting-point of the mystic and the scientist in you. It is there that the poet exists - on the boundaries, on the frontiers. Let your poet also have its say. Dance, sing, create music. Live a life which is rooted in scientific outlook, and has the grace and the beauty of poetry, and the depth of mysticism.
Pythagoras is a whole man. It should be so with everybody else too.
You ask me: “As well as being someone like you, Pythagoras was also a great mathematician. How is this possible?”
I am not a mathematician, but whatsoever I am saying to you is utterly mathematical. I am not a logician, but what I am saying to you is absolutely logical. Although my logic will help you to go beyond logic - that’s what I mean when I say ‘absolutely logical’. Because the illogical is AS much part of existence as the logical. If somebody is really logical he will accept the illogical too, because it is there and it cannot be rejected.
To be logical means to accept the illogical too, then logic becomes a stepping-stone to the illogical. Then logic becomes a stepping-stone to love.. And when everything in you has been used and nothing is neglected, you become an orchestra, then you are harmony of tremendous grace. That harmony is the goal of religion.
The second question:
Before taking sannyas, I would have found it very easy to relate to Pythagoras. Now I would still like to, but some things seem so moralistic and repressive, like his advice not to be angry. Where am I missing?