So, therapy, according to me is only a groundwork for creating the space and the urge to explore your reality. All those therapists, psychoanalysts, psychiatrists have nothing to do with meditation. They are not there to help you to grow. In fact, they are there to cut as many branches from you as possible – your height, your growth – so you become similar to other pygmies. And because you accept the ideas of the common mass, you allow them to cut your intelligence, to destroy your questioning, to hinder any possibility of going deeper than the ordinary people.
My work is first to unburden you, and then to give you the vision, the perception that this is not the end. Just not to be sick cannot be the end. Just not to be sick is not enough. You have to be psychologically healthy, whole. And unless you come to self-realization the work is unfinished.
Therapy stops at the point where you have become normal again, you have been dragged back. My work respects your sickness because it reflects the whole of society. You became a victim of it because you were more vulnerable, more open, more available, so you have been wounded from every side. You were more innocent and you were intelligent enough not to participate in superstitions, in idiotic ideologies. All this has become your condemnation.
Religions used to send you to hell. Now they have become outdated; nobody bothers much about hell. In fact, nobody believes in it. Now you are being sent to the couch of the psychoanalyst, which is a constant torture for years and years. In fact, there is not a single human being who has been totally psychoanalyzed. A strange kind of science you have! It takes seven years, nine years, ten years – still you are not fully analyzed, still the problems are there. Perhaps you have become more accepting of them, perhaps you have become aware not to express them in society, not to behave in such a way that people think you are strange. They have just taught you adjustment, and that takes years and thousands of dollars – just to be adjusted to idiots.
My effort is to give you back your individuality. And it is your individuality which has rebelled against the social norms. It is your individuality – a part of it – which refused to be destroyed. My function is to discover your whole revolutionary individuality, your uniqueness. I am not here to make you a cog in the wheel of this big civilization and culture that we have been creating for millions of years. We have ended by making the whole earth a madhouse.
There is a story by Kahlil Gibran: One of his friends went mad. He could not believe it, because that man was so intelligent, and he has been put into a madhouse. Gibran went to meet him; he was feeling very sad and sorry for him.
The friend was sitting on a bench under a tree in the garden of the madhouse. Gibran approached him, wanted to show his sympathy. The man started laughing.
Gibran said, “So it seems you have really gone mad. I am showing sympathy, compassion, my friendship, and you are laughing!”