Standing on the head, you will become more stupid. Standing on the head is dangerous: more blood flows towards your brain. And the brain tissues are very subtle – when too much blood flows towards the brain, those subtle tissues are broken. You will never find a yogi who is also intelligent – it is impossible. He will have good health – that’s one thing – but he will not be intelligent. You will find all sorts of stupidities in his being. He will be healthy like an animal. Animals are more healthy, certainly, and one of the reasons why they have grown intelligence is that their head is still flooded too much with blood – it is parallel to the earth. Man has evolved consciousness because he stood on two feet, and the head went up, and the head went against gravitation. Now because of gravitation the head cannot get too much blood, so subtle tissues have grown in the head: those subtle tissues are your basic mechanism for intelligence.
So if you think that tomorrow you will do something, prepare yourself, and then you will drop, then you have not understood. It is as if a snake crosses your path and you say, “First I will prepare, then I will jump out of the way.” The snake is not as foolish as you…and I don’t think you will do it – the moment you see the snake, you will jump. The action is instant, immediate; you will jump out of the way. That’s what I mean – a single stroke of the sword. If you understand me, then you will simply drop your being Hindu, Mohammedan, Christian, English, American, Indian – you will simply drop comparison. I say “simply” – you will not prepare for it; you will simply drop the idea of more, because you will see into it. It is bringing misery. You will stop comparing.
When comparison has stopped, the “more” has been dropped, and foolish ideologies have been thrown away, suddenly you sill see a delight arising in your being, a celebration – it was waiting. The hypnosis has been broken.
The difficulty is not that you cannot drop it right now – you can. But you don’t want to, because you have become too familiar with it. You talk – you say that you would like to be happy, but you are afraid to be happy. In fact you don’t dare to be happy. You have lived with this hypnosis for so long, you have become too familiar with it: if you move away from it, you will be moving into the unknown, into the strange – that creates a trembling. You have become accustomed to it. Now it does not hurt you really; you have become dull and dead. You can carry it. Man has a tremendous capacity to become adjusted to anything – to any climate, to any situation, to any illness, to any misery; man has infinite capacity for adjustment. You have become adjusted to it.
You are not happy – that is certain – but you are not miserable either. The misery has become your companion.
I have heard…
Into a cross-maker’s shop one day came a man who wearily took down his cross from his shoulder and set it on the floor.
“And what can I do for you?” the cross-maker asked him.
“I want to exchange my burden,” said the man. “This one is too heavy for me to carry. I stagger under the load.”
“Very well,” replied the cross-maker. “Take your pick of all these crosses and see which suits you best.”
So the man gladly set about trying them on. The first was very light for a moment or two, but as he walked about, testing it, he concluded that it wouldn’t do, for soon it became heavier than his old one. So he tried another, and another, and another, until at last he found one lighter than all the rest. “I can bear this one easily,” he told the cross-maker. “May I have it?”