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Chapter 2: Jesus Is Very Paradoxical

Have you observed that a blind man has more listening capacity than a man who has eyes? That’s why blind men become beautiful musicians, singers. Why does this happen? They have more capacity for sound, rhythm, more sensitivity in their ears. Why? - because the eye is no longer a competitor. The energy that was being used by the eyes is available for the ears; they are the competitors.

Your eyes are using eighty percent of your energy, leaving only twenty percent for the other four senses. They are starved; they are continuously fighting. The eyes have become the supreme, the dictatorial force. You live through the eyes and some of the senses have died completely. Many people have no smell, that sense has died completely; they never bother about it, they are not even aware that they cannot smell. The eyes have completely exploited the nose, because it is so near that it can be exploited. Children have a sense of smell, but by and by it is lost because the eyes go on using more and more energy. The eyes have become the center of your being, which is not good.

Methods of friction use the senses against each other. In many methods the seeker remains with closed eyes for many months. The energy starts moving, you can feel it. If you remain constantly with closed eyes for three months, you will be able to feel the energy moving continuously toward the ears, toward the nose. Your sense of smell may come back, you may start smelling. There have been methods and schools where seekers completely cut one sense against the other; a fight is created. If you close the ears for three months and just see, don’t listen, then you will see there is a constant movement of energy.

If you can see your senses fighting you will become separate, because you become a witness. You are no longer the eyes, no longer the ears, no longer the hands, no longer the body: you are a witness. The fight goes on within the body and you are an onlooker. This is the meaning, the deepest meaning of the parable, but it is also true in another sense.

For there shall be five in a house: three shall be against two and two against three; the father against the son and the son against the father; and they will stand as solitaries.

In another sense too this is true, that in a family of five, three will be against two and two will be against three. Whenever a religious person happens in a family, friction starts, because for a family a religious person is the most dangerous person. The family can tolerate anything except religion, because once you become religious you will not be identified with the body.

The family is related to the body: your father is your father because of your body. If you think you are the body, then you are related to your father. But if you come to know that you are not the body, who is your father? How are you related to him? Your mother has given birth to your body, not to you. You are so identified with the body that you think your mother has given birth to you.