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Chapter 2: Where Did We Come From and How Did We Become?

This is the paradox of life. Jesus says, “Those who have will be given more, and those who don’t have, even that which they have will be taken away from them.” The man of inertia needs more, but he cannot be given more because he is not capable of receiving it. The Dynamic Meditation, at the most, will bring him out of his inertia to the second rung of the ladder; and that too with the condition that he participates. Even that is difficult for him - to decide to participate, to make so much activity.

People of that type come to me - from their faces you can see they are fast asleep, in a deep slumber - and they say, “We don’t need these active methods. Give us something silent.” They are talking about silence - they want some method which they can do lying down on the bed; or at the most they can sit with hard effort. That too it is not certain that they will do, but the active meditation seems to be much too active for them. If they participate at all they will be helped; of course not as much as the second type because the second type already exists on the second rung. He already has something in it; he can be helped more. He will be relaxed by the method, unburdened, weightless. Slowly, he will start moving towards the first rung, the highest.

The man of sattva, purity, innocence, will be helped most. He has much; he can be helped. The law of nature is almost like the banks’: if you don’t have money they will not give you. If you need money they will create a thousand and one conditions; if you don’t need money they will seek you. If you have enough of your own they are always ready to give you as much as you want. The law of nature is exactly like that: it gives you more when you don’t need, it gives you less when you need; it takes away if you don’t have anything, and it gives you in a thousand and one ways if you have something.

On the surface it looks as if it is paradoxical - the poor man should be given more. By “poor” I mean the man of tamas. The rich man, the man of sattva, should not be given at all. But no, when you have a certain richness you become a magnetic force to attract more richness towards you. The poor man repels; he does not allow richness to come to him. Deep down, the poor man is poor because he does not attract. He has no magnetism to attract riches towards him; hence he is poor. Nobody has made him poor. He is poor because he does not attract; he does not have the magnetism to attract.

These are simple economic laws that if you have a few rupees in your pocket, those rupees will attract other rupees to fall in your pocket. If your pocket is empty then even the pocket will disappear, because some other pocket which has much will attract your pocket. You will lose the pocket itself. The richer you are, the richer you become: so the basic necessity is to have something within you.

The man of tamas has nothing. He is just a lump of earth; he vegetates. The man of rajas is not a lump of earth; he is a fast-moving energy. Much is possible with fast-moving energy. In fact without energy moving nothing is possible, but then his energy becomes madness - it goes to the extreme. Because of too much activity he loses much. Because of too much activity he does not know what to do and what not to do. He goes on doing; he goes on doing contradictory things: with one hand he will do something, with another hand he will undo it. He is almost mad.

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