Chapter 12: Balancing the Rational and the Irrational
And we have not yet been able to develop a personality which is comprehensive of both parts - neither in the East nor in the West. We have always chosen parts - part of the mind - and then we go and develop in that part and the other remains hungry, starved. And then there is bound to be rebellion and the whole thing will shatter, and the mind will move to the other side. This has been the whole working of our history, in both the West and in the East; this has been the dialectics.
So now, for the West, meditation is more meaningful than thinking because meditation means no-thinking. So Zen will be more appealing, Buddhism will be more appealing, yoga will be more appealing. These are all irrational attitudes toward life. They don’t emphasize conceptualizations, they don’t emphasize theories, theologies. They emphasize a zest to go deep into existence, not into thinking. So I think that the more technology develops and the more the hold of the mind begins to become a grip on the neck, the more the other will be coming.
So in the West, the revolt of the younger generation is very meaningful and very significant - very significant. It is a historical point of a change, a change of the whole consciousness. Now the West cannot continue as it has been. It cannot continue; a point of deep crisis has come, a cul-de-sac. You cannot go further. You have to move in some other direction because now for the first time a society is affluent.
Individuals have been affluent, never a whole society. Now a whole society is affluent. And whenever a society becomes affluent, riches lose meaning. Riches are only meaningful in a poor society. Affluence is significant in a poor society. Even there, whenever someone becomes really affluent he is bored. A Buddha is bored because of his family affluence; he is just bored. The more sensitive a person is, the sooner he becomes bored. A Buddha is bored; he leaves everything.
Now Buddha appeals to the West and the whole attitude of the modern youth is just of empty affluence. They are leaving, and they will go on leaving unless the whole society becomes poor. They will go on leaving unless the whole society becomes poor, because this leaving movement, this renunciation, can exist only in an affluent society. But if it goes to the extreme, then the society declines. Then technology will have no progress, and if this goes on, then in the West you will create the East.
And in the East now they are turning to the other extreme; they will create a West. Really, if we can read the future, then the East is just turning into the West. It is difficult to see the future, but the footsteps can be heard - and the West is turning toward the East. But the disease remains the same because as I see it, the disease is the bifurcation of the mind.
We have never allowed the human mind to flower in its totality. We have always chosen one part against the other, at the cost of the other. This has been the whole misery. We have not accepted the totality of the human mind.
So I am neither Eastern nor Western. I am against both. I am against both because I say that these are partial attitudes - so sometimes one may appeal to you but the appeal is partial and it cannot, cannot help to grow a totality, a total mind.