Fritjof Capra, in an interview about the nature of spiritual organizations, said, “The cosmos does not know any hierarchy,” that “the best way to organize them is as a network, in a loose interaction,” and that “such a network structure seems the best soil for the spiritual growth of the individual, because it ensures the possibility of the individual continuing and guarantees enough to develop human relations.”
He is right, and that’s what we are trying to do.
Nature certainly has no hierarchy. Hierarchy is man’s mind game, because without a hierarchy, the ego cannot feel nourished, it dies.
In nature, everything has an opportunity, space, and there is nobody is being bossy. Nobody is master and nobody is servant. Nature functions almost as an organic unity in which individuality is not lost, but in which the ego has no chance to evolve; hence trees don’t have egos, birds don’t have egos. Animals of all kinds don’t have egos.
The problem arises with man. He can’t think without putting someone above him and below him. The mind is very comparative. It is the comparison that creates a hierarchy.
To destroy the hierarchy we have basically to destroy the comparative spirit. We should see each individual as individual – incomparable.
And that’s what I am trying to do. Sannyasins should become more and more individuals, having a direct relationship to me, having a friendship with other sannyasins. That’s how it will be a network. But nobody is higher and nobody is lower. This way will help to avoid organization and all its bureaucratic spirit. And it will give individuals freedom, space to grow on their own,
But the trouble is double-sided. Individuals don’t want to have that much freedom. So many questions have been coming, and they all indicate that people are afraid to dissolve communes, because with freedom comes responsibility.
People love freedom – but nobody wants responsibility. And they come together, they are inseparable.
Because people don’t want responsibility, they want to live in a commune where responsibility is taken by the commune. But they don’t understand that the moment responsibility is taken by the commune, individuality is also taken; they are inseparable.
They will find a certain feeling of being at ease in the commune, but they will not grow. It will not help for their spiritual development, because they have lost the basic growth by losing individuality, by losing responsibility. They are safer, secure – but dull and dead. They always look up to somebody else to tell them what to do, what not to do.