The body has its own wisdom, it has a certain kind of understanding. It functions well within its limits. But enlightenment is not within its limits, it is too far away – it is stretching the body’s capacities too much. So anything that is weak in the body is going to break – and because this is going to be the last body, it will never be needed again. It has fulfilled its function. It has done the miracle. So if you think of the ratio…out of ten enlightened persons at least nine die immediately; and out of the ten that survive, nine remain silent – they lose their grip on the brain.
This has never been said. Many things have never been said because nobody has asked, nobody has bothered, nobody was inquiring. So there are a thousand and one things which are worth taking note of, but nobody has ever talked about them.
For example, why do nine people out of ten die immediately? No scripture of the world discusses it. The question of discussion is out of the question! No scripture even mentions it and it has been happening for centuries. Perhaps they were afraid that if they say it…people are already not interested in enlightenment, and if you tell them that this is going to be the reward – that you become enlightened and your fuse goes off – this may prevent even those few who try. They will say, “What nonsense it is. You work hard to attain enlightenment and what do you get as a reward? – that you are finished! You are not even able to see yourself enlightened. So what is the point? It is a strange game.”
Perhaps that’s why it was never mentioned. No scripture mentions that enlightenment disturbs the body and the brain. But I want to say everything exactly as it is, because my understanding is that those who are not interested are not going to be interested, and those who are interested are not going to be prevented by any truth. And in fact it will be good for them to know it ahead.
Enlightenment certainly disturbs much psychosomatic health because it is something for which the body is not ready or not prepared. Nature has not made something inbuilt in the body for enlightenment to be absorbed. Suddenly a mountain falls on top of you: you are bound to be crushed.
Why do nine persons out of ten remain silent? At the most it has been said, “Because truth cannot be said.” It is true, but there is a far more important thing which has not been mentioned. Out of ten people, nine people’s brains get disturbed. They are no longer capable of using this brain mechanism for speaking and it is better, they feel, to remain silent.
They can see perfectly that their brain mechanism is no longer in a functioning state. And naturally…the brain is a very subtle phenomenon; in the small skull of man almost seven million small nerves create your brain. They are so small and so delicate that any small shock can disturb them, can destroy them – and enlightenment is a tremendous lightning shock. It goes through the brain disturbing many cells, many nerves.
Only one person out of ten can save his brain, and that is the person who has used his brain so much that by sheer use it has become stronger and stronger. If he had not become enlightened, he would have been a great philosopher, a great logician, a great mathematician or a great physicist. He had a strongly built machine which could have been a Bertrand Russell or an Albert Einstein – or a Gautam Buddha.