I teach you richness: richness of the body, richness of the soul, richness of this world and that world. Both are possible, there is no problem at all. What I am saying, I am living, and I don’t see there is any conflict. I can be as meditative in my Rolls Royce…in fact, more meditative than in a bullock-cart. I have been in a bullock-cart; I have been on a camel. I have used all kinds of vehicles – and to be meditative on a camel is really difficult. Camels don’t like meditation at all, they are very non-meditative animals – and in a bullock-cart on an Indian road…
I don’t see any point in dividing the outer and the inner. I have been poor, I have lived in utter poverty, I have lived in richness. And believe me, richness is far better than poverty. I am a man of very simple interests: I am utterly satisfied with the best of anything, I don’t ask for more.
Don’t be unnecessarily tortured by these people like Lama Trungpa.
Abe cornered Rabbi Levin behind a bunker at the fourteenth green. “l caught you kissing my wife last night,” said Abe. “I know you are the playboy of the country club, and it is about time somebody taught you a lesson. That kiss will cost you ten dollars.”
“Ah, all right,” said Rabbi Levin. “Here is a hundred.”
“A hundred dollars?” exclaimed Abe.
“Sure,” smiled Rabbi Levin. “The rest is for what you did not catch me doing!”
“Come over for a couple of beers, Rabbi Levin?”
“Cannot today. MacDowell is playing in the club tournament.”
Next week: “Come over for a few beers, Rabbi?”
“Can’t make it this week either. MacDowell won at the club and is playing in the All-Island.”
The following week: “How about some beers today, Rabbi?”
“No good. MacDowell has moved up to the State open.”
“Hey, Rabbi your game used to be soccer. How come this sudden interest in golf, always watching MacDowell?”
“I don’t watch MacDowell. Whenever he plays, I screw his wife!”
Beware of all these lamas and rabbis and Ayatollah Khomeiniacs – beware! These are the people who have caused so much misery for humanity that it is incalculable. Either they have created cunningness or they have created guilt, and both are ill states. One should neither be cunning nor guilty. In fact both are related together, they have a deep connection.
The people who create guilt are bound to be cunning. They are cunning, that’s why they create guilt. Once they have created guilt in you, you can be exploited, you are vulnerable. It is to exploit you that they create guilt. We have to put a full stop to all this nonsense. Enough is enough.
Be simple, be natural, be spontaneous. Follow your own light. Don’t be bothered by others – shoulds and should-nots. That’s the freedom a sannyasin has to live.