If you go to a psychoanalyst, he will try to bring you back to your old identity. That is the whole function of psychology in the West: helping people to be adjusted again because they have become a little maladjusted with their past. And of course, the moment you are not adjusted with your own mind you are not adjusted with society, because your mind is part of the collective mind of that society. You are no more adjusted with your religion, you are no more adjusted with your political ideology. You simply find that everywhere, you are – in a way – uprooted. And great fear grips you: you are no more part of the collective mind, you are alone and you hanker to be part of some crowd so that you can feel a little warmth, a little coziness, and you can be on familiar ground again.
That is what psychology is doing in the West. Its whole work is against religion.
Religion tries to give you a new identity, a new birth, and psychology gives you back again your old identity. It forces you somehow into the skin that the snake has left behind. The work can never really be done because the skin can never be your skin again. You can live with it, but it will be just hanging around you; it will be a burden, it is no more part of you.
A father was telling his child, his small son, “There is nothing impossible in the world. Napoleon has said so: there is nothing impossible in the world.”
The child said, “Wait, and I will show you. One thing is impossible – I have tried.” He ran into the bathroom, brought a tube of toothpaste, forced the tube. The toothpaste came out, and he told his father, “Now put it back! If you can do this I will believe that Napoleon is right.”
Now it is almost impossible to put the toothpaste back into the tube, but that may be possible. Just a little scientific device will be needed to suck it back. But man cannot be put back into the old skin again. At the most he can go on carrying the skin like clothes, but clothes are not skin.
The function of the master is to help you to become acquainted with the new territory that you have already jumped into and forget all about the old.
That’s where your problem is. You can create many problems – they are all excuses – but the real problem is that you are passing through a beautiful process of immense value. This is the process of rebirth. So you vaguely sense that, “It is me, my own mind which goes on creating problems.” You have started feeling, in fact you say, “…thinking seems to be just the making of problems.” Then why go on thinking? That’s the whole purpose of being here!
Young Mazzilli was not getting along too well with his wife. One night he threw a big party and invited all his friends. At the beginning everyone sat around just making small talk. But as the evening progressed, people started to couple off and find cozy corners. Soon the lights were dimmed and moans of love and passion could be heard. Mazzilli began looking for his wife, but could not find her.
After searching everywhere in the apartment he stepped into the kitchen and there she was, sitting on the sink, her legs in passionate embrace around Vince, one of his friends.
“Your wife and I love each other,” stammered Vince, “and we want to get married. Can you forgive me for taking her away?”
“Hey,” smiled the husband, “that’s what this party was for!”