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Chapter 9: The Real Miracles

The courage of a saint is totally different. It has nothing to do with the courage of a soldier. He knows he is not, so how can you kill him? He knows there is no death because there has never been any birth. He has dropped the fallacy of birth, so the fallacy of death disappears. He has dropped the fallacy of the ego, so all other fallacies disappear. All other fallacies hang around the basic fallacy of the ego.

And how does one drop it? - just by seeing into the ways of it, how it comes. You pull it out from one side, you push it out from one door and it comes in from another door, from the back door, in a subtler form so you cannot recognize it.

The society needs the ego, otherwise people will be uncontrollable; the state needs it, otherwise people will be so rebellious, people will be so authentically themselves, that it will be next to impossible to create slavery, to create robopathology, to create these automatons you see walking on the roads, working in the offices, factories, this and that. It is a political stratagem.

And it is utilitarian too. You have to refer to yourself in some way. It will be confusing if you start using your name to refer to yourself.

Swami Ramateerth, a Hindu mystic, used to do that. He never used to use the word I, he would use Ram - that was his name. If he was feeling hungry, he would say, “Ram is very hungry.”

But it creates trouble. Then they would start saying, “Who is Ram? Who is he talking about?”

He was in New York and some people insulted him. He must have looked a little bizarre in orange dress in New York - this happened sixty or seventy years ago, when the orange people were not known at all. He was the first sannyasin to reach America. People laughed at him, ridiculed him. He laughed, came back home.

The host asked, “What is the matter. Why are you laughing so much? What has happened?”

He said, “Ram was insulted and people were ridiculing Ram and Ram enjoyed it.”

“Ram?” the host asked. “What do you mean by Ram? Isn’t this your name?”

He laughed again. He said, “I don’t have any name. I can’t have any name. I don’t even use ‘I.’ I use ‘Ram,’ the third person. I am as far away from Ram as you are. I am as much a witness of Ram as you are.”

But this will create many problems. It will not be feasible if everybody starts using his name instead of I; it will create confusion. The I is significant, linguistically utilitarian. Nothing is wrong in using it. I will not tell you to stop using it - just know perfectly well that it is just a word, utilitarian, but it has no reality behind it.

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