Chapter 10: A Single Shout
But the so-called spiritual people have been obsessed with such things. The so-called spiritual people are obsessed with absolute nonsense. Now how can the onion or the chilies or the salt prevent you from becoming enlightened? Stupid idea. Rather than looking deeply into your being, and rather than facing real problems, you create false problems. These are false problems. This is a strategy of the mind so that the real problems can be bypassed. The real problem is not onions, it is greed. The real problem is not chilies, it is anger. The real problem is not salt, it is possessiveness. The real problem is not what you should eat and what you should not eat. The real problem is what you should be.
To avoid real problems we create false problems. And there is something beautiful about false problems: they can be solved, easily solved. What is the problem? You stop eating onions and you become spiritual and you are enlightened because you don’t eat onions - so simple. But not to be greedy will be difficult, arduous. Not to be an egoist is going to be an uphill task, you will need immense understanding. You will need great awareness. Only in the fire of awareness will real problems be burned.
You know you cannot solve those real problems. So the best way is, create false bogus problems and start solving them. This is one of the most basic tricks of the human mind.
For example, India is suffering for centuries because of poverty. And Morarji Desai thinks prohibition will solve the problem. Now this is a false problem - prohibition has nothing to do with it. Prohibition or no prohibition, the poverty will remain. The poor will become even more miserable, that’s all, because through alcohol sometimes he can forget his suffering, sometimes he can drown himself. Once prohibition is there he will not have even that possibility to drown himself. Then his suffering will be utter.
Or, Morarji Desai thinks if cows are not murdered, if cows are not butchered, then all problems will be solved. These are tricks of the mind. And this is how one can go on befooling oneself for centuries.
India suffers because of these false prophets. And false prophets are those who tackle false problems. First they create a problem then they start solving it. And they make much fuss about it and they seem to be much too active. If they fail certainly nothing is achieved. If they succeed then too nothing is achieved. But one thing, they can camouflage the real problem. They can focus your attention on something false, like a toy. It looks a real problem, it is not.
Now see into it. How can onions prevent you becoming meditative? How can onions prevent you from becoming silent? There is not a problem there. But you want to be spiritual and you want to be known as spiritual, you start doing foolish things.
In my new commune I am going to have a bar also and a smoking room. If tea can become a ceremony then why not smoking? If people can drink tea and make it a meditative process, so smoking can be. I am not saying you should smoke, I am not saying you should drink, but I am saying that these are not the things that prevent you from becoming spiritual. Jesus used to drink, Gurdjieff used to drink. That has not prevented them from becoming enlightened.