And this is our whole intention – and this has been the intention for millions of years, at least in this country, of all those people who are intelligent – to discover the original face, to find out who exactly you are.
It looks surprising that, except in this country, nowhere in the world have people been sitting and trying to find out, “Who am I?” This is the only country where, for centuries, people have been trying to find out “Who am I?” They are not asking you, they are not asking anybody else, they are trying to dig deeper and deeper within themselves to find the very source of their life and being.
Yes, this is my intention. And this should be your intention. We meet only because of this intention. There is no other meeting ground between me and you.
What is the meaning of an authentic man? What is his nature, and his way of life?
The authentic man means one who has come out of his personality. You have two words: personality and individuality. Personality is the false identity given by the society to you. And individuality is what nature has given to you. Individuality is existential. Personality is social.
Ordinarily everybody is living as a personality; hence his life is not authentic. It is false, it is deceptive, it is a hypocrisy. He is not only cheating others, he is cheating himself. He is deceiving others and he is deceiving himself too.
The word personality comes from Greek drama. Greek drama has a speciality: in ancient Greek drama all the actors have masks. You cannot find out who the actor is, you see only a mask, but the voice that comes through the mask is of the actor. It was called persona in Greek: sona means sound, sound coming through a mask. You cannot find out who the real face is.
Slowly slowly we have forgotten the origin of the meaning of the word personality. But watch yourself, and you will be surprised: everything that you are is borrowed. All your thoughts are borrowed. Even about feelings you are not certain.
People write letters to me, and they say, “I think I have fallen in love.” Great… “I think that I have fallen in love.” They cannot trust their feeling, they are thinking.
The personality is surrounding you from everywhere, and your individuality becomes almost a hidden thing. You never allow it to live – because the society does not want you to live in freedom according to your nature; the society wants you to live in the way that the society finds useful.