And you will be surprised – in his whole life, this was perhaps his only defeat. He had to leave the place and to go back to the temple without taking another bath. Of course he was not courageous enough to say the truth. The question was simple, but he could see that whatever he said was going to be against his own philosophical teachings, against his own religion. It was better to keep silent, not to say anything.
But the untouchable man – nobody knows his name – must have been of tremendous intelligence. He managed to get the answer because he made it clear that, “If you take the bath I am going to touch you again. If you accept my standpoint that there is no difference, then simply go back to your temple – it is time for your morning prayer.”
Seeing the situation, Shankaracharya went back to the temple. But that destroys his whole philosophy; within five minutes his whole life’s effort is destroyed. And the reason is that his philosophy is against existence. This unknown man was simply stating a fact – that the outer is material, the inner is spiritual, and there is no conflict.
Have you seen any conflict between your soul and body – fighting, wrestling, beating each other? There is tremendous harmony. In fact whenever the harmony is not there, you are sick. The healthier you are, the more harmonious. Disease can be defined as a conflict between the outer and the inner; they have fallen apart, they are not moving together, the harmony is broken. The function of the physician is to bring the harmony back, to bring the music back, to make your life an orchestra.
The master is a physician – not of your ordinary diseases but of your existential conflicts. That’s why I have been fighting on two fronts. I have to fight the old traditions, old religions, old orthodoxies, because they will not allow you ever to be healthy and whole. They will cripple you. The more crippled you are the greater saint you become. So on one hand, I have to fight with any kind of thinking or theology which divides you. Secondly, I have to work on the growth of your inner being.
Both are part of the same process: how to make you a whole man, how to destroy all the rubbish that is preventing you from becoming whole – that is the negative part; and the positive part is how to make you aflame with meditation, with silence, with love, with joy, with peace. That is the positive part of my teaching. With my positive part there is no problem; I could have gone around the world teaching people meditation, peace, love, silence – and nobody would have opposed me. But I would not have been of any help to anybody, because who is going to destroy all that rubbish? And the rubbish has to be destroyed first, it is blocking the way. It is your whole conditioning.
You have been programmed from your very childhood with absolute lies, but they have been repeated so often that you have forgotten that they are lies. That’s the whole secret of advertising: just go on repeating. On the radio, on the television, in the films, in the newspapers, on the walls, everywhere, go on repeating.