Chapter 23: What Kind of Vehicle are You Using?
“As for me,” said the Russian, “I take the bus to work. On Sundays I drive around in my little Moskvitch. And when I go abroad, I drive a tank.”
So just be careful if you are taking me in you heart, that you don’t drive a tank - I am a peaceful person and I don’t want to go to war! But as far as my presence is concerned you are absolutely allowed to take me with you.
My whole effort here is not to create an illusion in you, but on the contrary to destroy all possibilities of illusion. Man has lived under all kinds of illusions; he is surrounded by hallucinations. When you fall in love with someone it is very rarely a true experience. More often it is only an illusion, an idea, a projection. When you see someone as beautiful it is more your biology that is creating the illusion of beauty. Once your biological infatuation is finished the beauty will disappear; the same woman will not look beautiful at all.
From the very beginning the woman has known the psychology of man better than man understands woman’s psychology. In fact, man has been continuously saying that woman is a mystery. I don’t see any mystery anywhere. I have known more women than perhaps anybody else in the world, and I have known men also. None of them is a mystery. Everything is absolutely clear, but you don’t want to see it clearly - you want to go on having illusions. Illusions are sweet, nice, beautiful. The truth, the bare, naked truth is not so sweet.
Gautam Buddha continuously says that when you see a beautiful woman, don’t forget that she is just a skeleton, just as you are a skeleton, covered with a bag of skin. Maybe someone has a little longer nose and somebody has a little smaller nose, and somebody has round eyes and somebody has a different shape, but inside it is the same blood, bones, flesh. Beauty seems to be only skin-deep.
If you have X-ray eyes you will be surrounded with skeletons all around.
Just recently it happened in Europe that one woman was driving a crane and she struck an electric pole. The shock was so tremendous, she fell down in a coma. She did not die, but after a few hours she came back to consciousness with a strange phenomenon: her eyes had become X-ray eyes. Now she is suffering from a tremendous migraine.but doctors are using her in the hospital as an X-ray machine. She has opened a new dimension. Because of too much electricity the eyes have changed. Now they can see deep down inside you, and she is completely horrified. She cannot open her eyes because she cannot see your face; she can see only your skeleton. She cannot see your skin and your beautiful nose. She is the first woman who sees people as they actually are, without any illusions.
Asked, “Do you feel some difference between beautiful people and ugly?” - she laughed. She said, “There is no one who is beautiful and no one who is ugly. All are skeletons and horrible.”