That’s why simple logic is always fallacious. Apparently it looks so right that if there is no enemy the whole world will be your friend. You are wrong. If there is no enemy there will be no possibility of friendship. Logic says: If there is no hatred, love and love and more love will be there. So logicians have been trying to destroy the opposite. They cannot destroy it, because life is greater than any logic. This is fortunate that they cannot destroy the opposite – they don’t know what they are doing. Don’t go on believing that If the opposite is not there life will be more, love will be more, friendship will be more, happiness will be more – no. There will be no possibility, because the very ground has been destroyed.
Dialectics says something quite the contrary, and dialectics is truer to life. Dialectics says: If you want more life, then be more ready for death.
You may not be aware but this happens. When you are driving a car and you gain more and more speed, you get involved in the speed. A moment comes when any moment death can happen. Then you are alive, then the flame of life burns fast, sharp. That’s why speed is so attractive and magnetic – because speed brings you nearer death. When you are nearer death, life is more; it grows in proportion. That’s why there is so much attraction for war – because in war death is at close quarters, always near you.
You may think that soldiers fighting in the field must be very miserable. You are wrong; otherwise no one would fight. They are not miserable. The reality is quite the opposite: when they come back to the ordinary world they are miserable. When they are in the field, fighting on the front, they are not miserable. All misery disappears. They are so near death that they feel for the first time alive, and their aliveness becomes more and more the nearer death comes. When all around there is bombardment, shells are passing from here to there and any moment they can drop dead, at that moment they feel an ecstasy. They are in touch, in deepest touch with life. When death kisses you it is also a kiss of life. That’s why there is so much attraction to adventure, courage. If you are afraid you will not gain life.
I tell you that meditation is the greatest adventure and takes the greatest courage, because even on a battlefield you are not so near to death. Even if you feel you are near death, it is only physical death. Physical death means a superficial death – of the shell, of the body. Your house is near death, not you; your shelter is going to be destroyed, not you. But in meditation you are going to be destroyed – not only the shelter, but the host, not only the house, but the host. The ego is to be destroyed. So the greatest warriors are always interested in meditation.
I would like to tell you about one phenomenon that has happened in India, that has happened in Japan, and that will happen to any country which gives birth to warriors. All the great meditators in India were kshatriyas, warriors, not brahmins. This looks strange. Brahmins should be the great meditators. They have been writing commentaries on the Upanishads, the Gita, the Vedas. They have been creating metaphysics –they are the greatest metaphysicians the world has ever known. Nobody, anywhere in the world, can compare with brahmins as far as verbal expression or logic is concerned. They are very subtle, but they are not the great meditators.