Chapter 14: The Psychology of the Buddhas
This great shift of your attention, of your awareness, is what I call the psychology of the buddhas. And any other psychology is going to be wrong, because only a man of eyes knows what light is. There may be millions of people who are blind - there are millions, but it is not a question of democracy. They cannot vote, they cannot assert a single word about light. That one man is right and those millions of people are wrong.
The question is not of numbers. The only question that is significant is the transformation of your being from mind to no-mind.
Modern psychology thinks it is the science of the mind.
The psychology of the buddhas will be the science of no-mind.
I think I am growing to love and accept myself, and then I recognize how much I hold back and keep separate from other people to hide myself, and I am ashamed. I try to show others how strong I am. Why can’t I be strong, why can’t I accept that I am weak? Why can’t I even accept that I am not willing to show my weakness?
It is the society, the culture, the civilization in which you are born which gives you wrong ideas. Those wrong ideas go on haunting you from the cradle to the grave.
There is nothing wrong in being weak. But this society trains every child to be strong.
Just across from my house in my village there was a gymnasium. My uncles and my father were all going to the gymnasium - it was the best in the town. They tried to persuade me.
I said to them, “The idea of the strong man is primitive. It comes from the days when people were hunting. I am not going to be a hunter!”
And I don’t think that you can ever be so strong that the need for being stronger disappears. Even the strongest people have found weakness, disease, old age, death.There was one man in India, Gama, who was the world champion in the Indian type of wrestling. But he died at the age of forty, and the diagnosis of the doctors was that he died because he exerted himself too much, exercised too much. The body is not made of steel - he killed himself. He became the world champion but he lost his life. And even if he had lived, he would have lived in utter misery, pain, because all his inner body functions were out of control. The simple reason was that he tried something against nature.
I refused to go to the gymnasium. I told them, “To be healthy - or to be more accurate, not to be sick - is enough.”