“We both are,” he said as he trotted along in the mud.
Mind is crazy; mind is mad. Mind creates divisions, fragments. Mind creates nations, races: white and black, poor and rich. Mind is the devil. When you can feel that you are one with all, you have gone beyond mind. To feel one with all, to feel unison, is to be good. And to act out of that oneness is to be religious.
A religious man has no character. A religious man has a spontaneity. A religious man has a moment-to-moment contact with the whole. That contact is never lost. He lives prayerfully.
A nonreligious man may be apparently good, moral, he may have a character, but he is frozen, dead. He acts out of that character: out of the mind, out of knowledge, out of the rules. He is never in contact with the whole; he is always out of step. That’s what I call the devil, that’s what I call bad.
And that’s what Jesus means by this parable. He has not been understood; he has been very much misunderstood. But if you can carry this feeling of what good is and what bad is, you will be able to go deep into this parable.
All these things spake Jesus
unto the multitude in parables;
and without a parable
spake he not unto them:
Then Jesus sent the multitude away,
and went into the house:
and his disciples
came unto him, saying,
“Declare unto us
the parable of the tares of the field.”
Jesus always talked in parables. The parable is a poetic way of saying things that cannot be said in prose. It is a very feeling way of saying things from the heart, things that cannot be expressed by the head. A parable is a way to talk in pictures and not in words.
Have you ever observed that children always understand pictures? That’s why, in children’s books, you have to have many colored pictures: not much text, many pictures. First they understand the pictures and then they understand the text.
In your dreams, you are again living in parables. You have pictures and pictures and pictures. The text is not much: your unconscious understands only pictures. Your conscious has become trained for language, words, but your unconscious is still that of a child.
And when Jesus – a man like Jesus – is talking, he is trying to bridge something between himself and your unconscious. He is not a preacher. When a preacher talks to you, he talks in concepts. He is trying to communicate from one head to another head. When a man like Jesus, Buddha or Zarathustra talks, they are trying to communicate something from their innermost depth to your innermost depth. They always use parables.