There is not anything in life which mind cannot hallucinate about, and when you are living in a special atmosphere like this, where meditation, enlightenment, blissfulness, ecstasy are in the very air, where everybody is thinking about these extraordinary experiences…This is not a common place. In the market people are thinking about money, about power, about respectability.
This is not a marketplace.
This is a temple of silence.
Here everything is vibrating, and it is very easy to get caught into imagination. And particularly a woman is more capable of imagination than a man.
A man thinks, a woman feels. Feeling is irrational. A man finds it hard to imagine. A woman is very easily capable of imagining anything. Her center of functioning is feeling, emotion, sentiments; her eyes are continuously filled with dreams. These dreams can be useful in poetry, in drama, but these dreams cannot be of any help – on the contrary they are great hindrances – on the path of truth.
Truth is not your imagination, it is not your feeling.
Truth is your being.
But the woman is very easily persuaded…it is not her fault, it is her nature. These are the differences between man and woman. Men are basically skeptical, doubtful about everything, suspicious; hence they are more capable of scientific research.
For a woman it is difficult to be a scientist, very rare. But as far as imagination is concerned, if she is allowed – but she has not been allowed for centuries – then no painter can compete with her, no poet can compete with her, no musician can go higher than she can go, no dancer can come even close to her. She can prove of tremendous help in creating a beautiful planet. She can fill it with songs, dances and love.
But unfortunately man has not allowed her freedom to stand on her own and to contribute to life. Half of humanity has been deprived of contributing, and perhaps…it is my understanding that this has been done out of fear.
Man is afraid of woman’s imagination. He is afraid because once she is allowed freedom to be creative, man will not be able to compete with her. His superiority, his ego, is in danger. Because of this fear that his superiority will be destroyed, that all his great poets will look like pigmies, and all his great painters will look amateur, it is better not to allow the woman education, the opportunity to express her feelings and her heart.
But as far as enlightenment is concerned, man’s problem is his reason and woman’s problem is her feeling. Both are barriers to enlightenment. Man has to drop his reasoning, the woman has to drop her feeling. Both are at equal distance from enlightenment. Man’s distance is of reasoning, of mind; woman’s distance is of feeling, of heart – but the distance is equal. Man has to drop his logic and woman has to drop her emotions. Both have to drop something which is hindering the path.