Alexander in his notes writes, “There have been only two times in my life when I felt really inferior. Here was a man who says, ‘You cannot touch my blissfulness, nor can you kill my spirit. You can destroy this house, I will find another – a fresher one, a newer one.”‘
Blissfulness is totally different from pleasure. Pleasure is of the body, joy is of the mind; bliss is of the soul. Listening to beautiful music you feel joy. Seeing beautiful architecture, sculpture, a painting, you feel joy. Seeing the Taj Mahal, listening to Mozart, you feel joy – that is of the mind.
Bliss is absolutely beyond both body and mind.
My teaching is not for pleasure, but for blissfulness. I am not against pleasure, remember. I am not against joy, remember. Have as much pleasure as you can, but don’t forget this is only the beginning. You have to go far. Unless you reach blissfulness, you have not arrived.
You say that you know yourself. Now, imagine lying down on a couch and the Freudian analyst asks you the furthermost remembrance you have of yourself. Which one will it be?
In the first place, I will put the Freudian on the couch! No Freudian can put me on the couch. What do they know? Even Freud knows nothing of any importance. He is full of fear, is afraid of ghosts, is afraid of death – so much that even the mention of death and he goes into a fit, his mouth starts foaming. This is your founder of psychoanalysis! These idiots…you think they know anything? If I meet Freud I will put him on the couch. He needs analysis. Do you know that he was not analyzed, ever? And many of his very close friends wanted to analyze him, but he refused. What is the fear? The founder of psychoanalysis should be available to his own methodology. The fear is that he is just as psychologically split, schizophrenic, full of fear, full of repression. He does not want, before his colleagues and disciples, to expose himself. He never told a single dream of his own. He is talking about others’ dreams, interpreting their dreams – what about his own dreams? He should begin with his own dreams.
It is very easy to interpret anybody’s dream.
For example, if you are in your dream flying in the sky… Many people have dreams of flying – Sigmund Freud will say that means ambition, that you are very ambitious. What about Freud, if he has the dream of flying? Then his disciples, friends and colleagues and students will interpret it: “You are very ambitious” – and he wants to pretend that he has gone beyond ambitions. He was one of the most ambitious people in the world, very afraid of anybody who was more intelligent than him.