That’s why I say life is more Hegelian. Hegel’s understanding is truer, closer to life than Aristotle’s. Hegel says life moves from thesis to antithesis to synthesis; then the synthesis too becomes a thesis again. Once the thesis is there, antithesis is created. Again they start creating a new balance, a higher synthesis arrives. That’s how life moves. In each single detail life moves through contradictions, just as the bird has two wings and you have two legs, in your head there are two brains contradicting each other and complementing each other: the left brain and the right brain, reason and intuition, the feminine and the masculine. And there is a possibility of a synthesis. This synthesis is the goal of all religion, of all mysticism, of all yoga. Yoga means meeting, meeting of the opposites. It is a union.
We call the world the universe; we don’t call it the multiverse. We call it the universe because it is one. Still the oneness has multiplicity in it, variety, distinctions, differences. The oneness is not a monotonous oneness, the oneness is not dead; it is alive. And the oneness is not static; it is dynamic.
Today’s sayings of Kabir have to be understood with this background. They are of tremendous import.
Tell me, brother, how can I renounce maya?
He asks one of the most significant question: How can I renounce the world? How can I renounce? The question is very significant because every seeker, one day or other, comes across it. You have lived in the world – you have known the misery of it, the agony of it, the frustration of it, the anxiety, the anguish. You are torn apart by it, you are fragmented by it, you are no longer a whole. You have lost all your peace. Naturally, renunciation becomes very, very attractive: renounce the world, there is misery, conflict, agony.
But Kabir asks, “How is it possible to renounce? Who will renounce it?” The renouncer will remain there, and the renouncer is the world, because the ego is the world. You can go away, but you will still be there and you will create your world again and again. You are the world. You can move from the marketplace to the monastery, but in the monastery the same politics will enter: in the monastery the same hierarchy, and in the monastery the same conflict and the same ambition – and you will create the marketplace again!
It is natural, because you can renounce the world, but how can you renounce yourself? You will carry all the seeds of your mind within you. All your ambition, competition, comparison, all your ego trips, you will carry with yourself. You were trying to become richer in the world, you wanted to show the world that “I am the topmost rich man”; or you were trying to achieve a political post and you wanted to prove to the world that “I am something.”
All inferior people go on trying to prove that they are something. All ambition arises out of an inferiority complex. It is very rare to come across a politician who is intelligent. It is very rare to come across a rich person who is intelligent, very, very difficult – because an intelligent person, by his very intelligence, becomes noncompetitive. Intelligence is noncompetitive, intelligence can see the whole absurdity of it. Intelligence can see “I am myself and there is no need to compare myself with anybody else. I am neither higher nor lower. Not that I am just like the others. I am different, but there is no higher and lower.”