It is not much of a difference – at least not a difference that makes any difference. The qualitative change happens only when a man becomes fully awakened, when a man becomes a buddha – then the real difference happens. Then he is no more an animal. Then he is simply divine. But how to attain it?
That ninety-nine percent of religious people has been doing something utterly wrong – just the same logic, the same logic that is being followed by the violent people, the sexual people, the alcoholics. The same kind of logic: forget the animal. Many techniques have been developed to forget the animal: chant mantras so that you can forget the animal, become occupied in chanting; go on repeating “Rama, Rama, Rama, Rama.” Repeat it so fast that your whole mind becomes full of the vibe of this single word Rama. This is simply a way to avoid the animal – and the animal is there.
You can go on chanting Rama for centuries; the animal is not going to be changed by such a simple trick. You cannot deceive the animal. It will remain only a very superficial religiousness. Scratch any religious man and you will find the animal inside; just scratch a little. It is not even skin-deep, the so-called religiousness. It only pretends, it is only a formality, a social ritual.
You go to the church, you read the Bible, you read the Gita, you do chanting, you do prayer, but it is all formal. Your heart is not in it. And your animal inside goes on laughing at you, he ridicules you. He knows you perfectly well, who you are, where you are. And he knows how to manipulate you. You can go on chanting for hours, and then a beautiful woman passes by and suddenly all chanting disappears and you have forgotten all about God. Just the smell from the bakery…and all is gone; Hare Krishna Rama, all is gone.
Just any small thing is enough. Somebody insults you and there is anger, and the animal is ready to take revenge, you are in a rage. In fact, religious people become more angry than anybody else – because others don’t repress. And religious people are more sexually perverted than anybody else, because others don’t repress. The religious person’s dreams have to be watched, because in the day he can go on repressing, but what about the night when he is asleep?
Mahatma Gandhi wrote that even at the age of seventy he was having sexual dreams. At the age of seventy, why sexual dreams? He said, “In the day I have become disciplined – the whole day not even a single thought of sex comes to me. But in the night I am incapable, I am unconscious, so the whole discipline and control disappears.”
Sigmund Freud’s insight is very valuable, that to know about a man you have to know his dreams, not his waking life. His waking life is pseudo. His real life asserts itself in his dreams, because his dreams are more natural – no repression, no discipline, no control. Hence, psychoanalysis does not bother about your waking life. Just see the point: your waking life is so pseudo that psychoanalysis does not believe in it at all. It is worthless. Psychoanalysis penetrates into your dreams because dreams are far truer than your so-called waking life.