If you drop it, it never drops. First, you were thinking you were somebody; then you start thinking you are nobody. First, it was hiding behind “somebodiness”; now it will hide behind “nobodiness.” First, you were thinking you were something extraordinary, a rare gem, a kohinoor; now you will think, “I am the most humble man in the world” – but the most humble – remember! “There is nobody who is more humble than me – I am the humblest.” Now it is hiding in your humbleness. The wound has not disappeared; only the label has changed. You are the same; you have moved from one extreme to another, but nothing is transformed.
A man whose ego has disappeared is not humble at all. Because how can you be humble without an ego? A man whose ego has disappeared – his ego has disappeared, that’s all; and with the ego, all humbleness also – because humbleness is a quality of the ego; it is a function of the ego. A man who is egoless is not humble at all. He is neither humble nor arrogant; he simply is.
The third question:
What constitutes the behavior of an enlightened man?
An enlightened man is all emptiness. What constitutes an emptiness? It has no constitutes in it; hence it is empty. A man who is enlightened has no character.
Let me repeat it: an enlightened man has no character at all. He lives from moment to moment. He has no character to follow; he has no structure around him. A character is a structure, a character is an armor. An enlightened man has no character. Let me say he is characterless.
But try to understand me – because he has no structured consciousness. He has consciousness but the structure has been dropped. He’s neither Hindu nor Mohammedan nor Christian. He is neither good nor bad, neither moral nor immoral, neither this nor that. He simply is. All duality has disappeared. You cannot evaluate him; you cannot categorize him; you cannot put him into any pigeonholes of your logic. He exists like an emptiness – nothingness he is. And out of that nothing, every moment the miracle – that he goes on functioning without any armor around him, without any structure. He goes on flowing.
It is difficult for you to understand, because you cannot think how you would function without a structure. If you don’t have any morality conditioned on you, how will you behave morally? – it seems difficult for you. It is just like saying to a blind man that we walk without groping. The blind man says, “I cannot believe you. How can one walk without groping? Groping is a must.” The blind man has his stick; he goes on groping with his stick – “Where is the door?” – and if you say that we don’t carry any sticks, he will laugh: “You must have gone mad, or you must be joking.” And he will say to you, “Don’t be funny. Don’t try to be funny. Because if you don’t grope with a stick, how can you walk?”
Our character is like the blind man’s staff. We grope in darkness; we somehow manage to be good; we somehow manage to be moral. And inside, the immorality goes on and on, ready to explode any moment – a great turmoil within. And we go on managing somehow on the surface. That’s what we call character.