But people are doing just the opposite – and suffering unnecessarily. Life is not meant to be a suffering; it is meant to be a blissfulness. But one has to learn the art.
Brickman and Horowitz were relaxing on the beach in Puerto Rico. “You know,” said Brickman, “this Racquel Welch – what does everyone see in her? Take away her hair, her lips, her eyes and her figure, and what have you got?”
Horowitz said, “My wife.”
These are our love relationships. Rather than adding to things, beautifying existence, we are living in such negativity that we take away. Take away the lips of a beautiful woman, take away her hair, take away her eyes, and what is left? And of course, if this is your approach to looking at things, your life is going to be a hell – worse than hell.
Love contributes tremendously, beautifies things. Where it was prose, love makes it a poetry; where it was just an ordinary flower, love makes it extraordinary. Love has the magic of transforming the whole world around you into a sacred existence.
I call the man materialistic who does not know the art of love; I don’t call a man materialistic who does not believe in God. And I don’t call a man religious who believes in God. I call a man religious who goes on growing in his love, in his trust, and goes on spreading his ecstasy all around existence.
People are so stupid that they are trying to demystify everything. The whole effort of science is to demystify existence, to know everything. So, of course, the way to know Racquel Welch is to dissect her on the table of the scientist. Take her hair apart, her eyes apart…and then see what is left. There is no beauty, there is no soul, there is no life; science has demystified a beautiful woman.
Religion mystifies existence. It makes the meaningless songs of birds as meaningful as great poetry, as great music. It makes ordinary trees as significant as great paintings.
It is up to you where you want to live, in hell or in heaven, because wherever you want to live you will have to create it. It is not something ready-made, so that you purchase a ticket and catch a train. It is something to be created.
Love can create paradise herenow.
My whole teaching is love more, to the point when you yourself become just a source of love, and nothing else.
“Hey man,” one hippie said to another, “turn on the radio.”
“Okay,” the second hippie answered. And then leaning over very close to the radio he whispered, “I love you.” He is turning on the radio