Chapter 42: Alertness through Tantra
Tantra has no objections, but this having no objection is the problem. Tantra has no objection whatsoever; Tantra is not in any way condemning. It is not concerned to tell you, “Do this,” or “Don’t do that.” If you feel good, if you feel happy following certain principles, then follow them. But following certain principles can never lead you to happiness because you are not going to change through principles and through following them. You will remain the same.
Principles are always borrowed, ideals are always borrowed. Someone else has given them to you. They are not your own; they have not grown out of your own experience. They are without roots. The society, the religion to which you are born, the teachers you happened to be near, they have given them to you. You can follow them and you can force yourself accordingly, but then you will be a dead person - not alive. You may create a certain peace around yourself, but that will be the peace of the cemetery - dead. You may be less vulnerable to disturbances, more closed in because of the principles, but then you will become less sensitive and less alive. So so-called principled men are always dead.
Look at them: they look silent, still, peaceful, at ease, but a certain deadness is always around them. The aura of death is always there. You cannot feel the feast of life around them, the festivity of being alive, the celebration of being alive. You can never feel that around them. They have created an armor around them - a safety armor. Nothing can penetrate them. The walls of their principles and character stop everything, but then they are behind the walls, imprisoned, and they are their own prisoners. If you choose this, Tantra has no objection. You are free to choose a life which is not a life at all.
Once Mulla Nasruddin visited a cemetery, and he saw a very beautiful marble mausoleum. Inscribed on it was the name “Rothschild.” Mulla is reported to have said, “Aha! Ahhh! This is what I call life. This is what I called living - a beautiful marble mausoleum.” But howsoever beautiful it is, it is not life. It is marble - beautiful, rich - but not life. You can create a mausoleum out of your life through principles, ideals, impositions, but then you will be dead, although less vulnerable because death is not vulnerable.
Death is a security; life is always insecure. Anything can happen to a live person; nothing can happen to a dead person. He is secure. There is no future, no possibility for change. The last thing has happened to him - death. Now nothing can happen.
Principled personalities are dead personalities. Tantra is not interested in them. Tantra has no objection - if you feel good being dead, it is your choice. You can commit suicide, and this is a suicide. But Tantra is for those who want to be more alive, and the truth, the ultimate, is not death, it is life. Remember that: the ultimate is not death. It is life - more life. Jesus has said, “Abundant life, infinite life.”