Chapter 8: Always Remember to Laugh Twice!
Danger has a deep, hypnotic attraction, but the attraction is of no-mind. If you can do it just sitting by the side of a tree or a river or just in your room, there is no need to take such risks. It can be done anywhere. You have just to put the mind aside - wherever you can put the mind aside - and just see things without the mind interfering.
I have heard:
An anthropologist in Java came across a little-known tribe with a strange funeral rite. When a man died, they buried him for sixty days and then dug him up. He was placed in a dark room on a cool slab, and twenty of the tribe’s most beautiful maidens danced erotic dances entirely in the nude around the corpse for three hours.
“Why do you do this?” the anthropologist asked the chief of the tribe who replied, “If he does not get up we are sure he is dead!”
That may be the attraction of forbidden things; if sex is forbidden it becomes attractive. Because all that is allowed becomes part of the mind. Try to understand this.
All that is allowed becomes part of the mind; it is already programmed. You are expected to love your wife or your husband; it is part of the mind. But the moment you start becoming interested in somebody else’s wife, it is not part of the mind; it is not programmed. It gives you a certain freedom; a certain freedom to move off the social track, where everything is convenient, where everything is comfortable - but everything is also dead. You become deeply interested in somebody else’s woman. He may be fed up with that woman, he may be just trying to find some other way to become alive again - he may even get interested in your wife.
The question is not of a particular woman or man; the question is of the forbidden, the not allowed, the immoral, the repressed - that it is not part of your accepted mind, it has not been fed into your mind.
Unless man is completely capable of becoming a no-mind, these attractions continue.
And this is the absurdity of the whole thing: that these attractions were created by the people who think themselves moral, puritan, religious. The more they reject something, the more attractive it becomes, more inviting; because it gives you a chance to get out of the rut, it gives you a chance to escape to somewhere which is not social. Otherwise the society goes on and on, crowding you everywhere. Even when you are loving your wife the society stands there watching.
Even in your privacy the society is there, as much as anywhere else, because the society is in your mind, in the program that it has given to your mind. From there it goes on functioning. It is a very cunning device.