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All children are right-hemisphered. They see ghosts and fairies all around, but you go on talking to them and putting them in their places and saying to them, “Nonsense. You are stupid. Where is the fairy? There is nothing, just a shadow.” By and by you convince the child, the helpless child. By and by you convince him, and he moves from the right-hemisphered orientation to the left-hemisphered orientation; he has to. He has to live in your world. He has to forget his dreams, he has to forget all myth, he has to forget all poetry, he has to learn mathematics. Of course he becomes efficient in mathematics – and becomes almost crippled and paralyzed in life. Existence goes on getting farther and farther away and he becomes just a commodity in the market, his whole life becomes just rubbish…although, of course, valuable in the eyes of the world.
A sannyasin is one who lives through the imagination, who lives through the dreaming quality of his mind, who lives through poetry, who poeticises about life, who looks through visions. Then trees are greener than they look to you, then birds are more beautiful, then everything takes a luminous quality. Ordinary pebbles become diamonds; ordinary rocks are no longer ordinary – nothing is ordinary. If you look from the right hemisphere, everything becomes divine, sacred. Religion is from the right hemisphere.
A man was sitting with his friend in a cafeteria drinking tea. He studied his cup and said with a sigh, “Ah, my friend, life is like a cup of tea.”
The other considered that for a moment and then said, “But why? Why is life like a cup of tea?”
The first man replied, “How should I know? Am I a philosopher?”
The right-hemisphere brain only makes statements about facts, it cannot give you reasons. If you ask, “Why?” it can only remain silent, there comes no response from it. If you are walking and you see a lotus flower and you say, “Beautiful!” and somebody says, “Why?” what will you do? You will say, “How am I to know? Am I a philosopher?” It is a simple statement, a very simple statement, in itself total, complete. There is no reason behind it and no result beyond it, it is a simple statement of fact….
The right hemisphere is the hemisphere of poetry and love. A great shift is needed; that shift is the inner transformation.
Osho, Ancient Music in the Pines, Talk #1