Chapter 39: Every Child Is Born a Witness
Is the origin of dance, love and meditation in synchronicity? Why has dance been throughout the ages the highest art?
Everything that is of authentic value in life has arisen out of meditation. There is no other way. Meditation is the mother of art, music, poetry, dance, sculpture. All that is creative, all that is life-affirmative, is born out of meditation. All that is life-negative - hate, anger, jealousy, violence, war - is born out of the mind. Man has two possibilities: mind and meditation.
Meditation can be translated as no-mind; then things will be simple. Either something comes out of the mind, or something comes out of no-mind. Mind is noise, it is craziness, insanity. No-mind is silence, health, wholeness. Mind cannot create anything which is not poisonous. And out of no-mind there is no possibility of anything arising which will serve death.
You ask about love. Your love is not out of meditation; you don’t know meditation, you are acquainted only with the mind. Just look at your mind. For ten minutes sit silently and write down whatever comes into your mind, without editing, without adding anything - exactly whatever is arising in the mind. Howsoever irrelevant, stupid it may be, just write for ten minutes, and then read it. And you will be surprised: this is your mind? And if this is mind, then what is madness? And this mind is continuously running - in every action, feeling. If you love, this mind is bound to pollute that love with hate.
Psychotherapists, who do not know anything about no-mind, have finally decided that love and hate are not two things, and they have started using one word, love-hate. Because love can change into hate any moment, hate can change into love any moment.
And this is not a new insight. One of the most cunning and clever men, Machiavelli, writes in his book, The Prince - it is advice to kings - “Never say a thing to a friend that you would not like to be said to an enemy.” Three hundred years before psychotherapy, he was giving its whole insight - because the friend can become tomorrow the enemy. So never say to the friend what you would not like to say to any enemy.
And his second statement is, “Never say about the enemy anything that you would not say about a friend” - because tomorrow the enemy can turn into a friend, and then it will be very embarrassing, that you said such an ugly thing about him.
Machiavelli was certainly a genius of cunningness. He was the tutor of almost all the princes of Europe. When they started becoming kings, he wanted to become somebody’s prime minister, but his own disciples refused - without exception. He was puzzled, he could not figure it out: what was the matter? - they loved him so much.. He asked, “If you love me so much, you respect me so much, then why can’t you allow me to be your prime minister? Where can you find a man equal to me?”