The difference is quantitative. It is like saying that the difference between two and four is the same as the difference between twenty and forty, the same is the difference between two hundred and four hundred, and the same between twenty million and forty million. The proportion is the same between all the figures. Only the figures have expanded, the proportion remains the same. In exactly the same manner, the difference between the atom and the whole is of proportion.
Understanding this truth, one should keep in mind two things: an inferiority complex is madness, and a superiority complex is an even greater madness. One should understand it well. It is madness to think of oneself as nothing; it is also madness to think of oneself as something.
Yoga says: Inferiority or superiority cannot touch that which you are. You should know only this much – that you are. This much is enough. The other meaning of this sutra is: Do not compare yourself with others. There is no sense in it. Do not compare at all; there is no point in comparing. If you compare two and four to twenty and forty or twenty million and forty million, it makes no difference; they are equal, their proportion is equal. Hence, comparison is meaningless.
Hence yoga says: Don’t compare a drop and the ocean; because a drop is nothing but a small ocean. Also, don’t give any chance to the ocean to be full of ego, because the ocean is nothing but an expanded drop. The difference is only in their expanse.
Now scientists think that soon, perhaps by the end of the twentieth century, we will be able to reduce or increase the size of things.
I have heard a story about the twenty-first century….
A man got down from the train at a railway station. There appeared to be no luggage with him; there was only something the size of a matchbox near the berth where he had been sitting. After getting down from the train, he started shouting for some twenty porters to come.
A fellow passenger said, “There does not seem to be any luggage with you. Why do you need twenty porters?” The man replied, “All my luggage is in that matchbox.” The fellow passenger exclaimed, “You need twenty porters for that?! Can’t you lift it?”
The man opened the matchbox-sized thing and showed that there was a car inside. The others said, “This is a toy car for children to play with! You can carry it yourself.” The man told them that it was not a toy car for children to play with but a real car, just shrunk so that it could be transported in a small space. “Once I reach home it will be re-expanded,” he said.