"The problem is not arising out of life; the problem arises out of Christianity, Hinduism, Jainism, Buddhism. The problem arises out of the 'ism.' Life is very simple. Even animals can live it; it must be simple. Even trees are living it; it must be simple. It cannot be very complicated; even birds, even rocks and rivers are living it. Why has it become so complicated for man? – because man can theorize about it. Man can weave and spin doctrines around it. Those doctrines are poisonous.
"If you are a Christian you cannot live life. If you are a Hindu, no, life is not for you. To be alive one need not be a Hindu or a Christian, one simply needs to be, one needs just to be.
"The two explorers were going through the jungle when a ferocious-looking lion appeared on the track in front of them.
"'Keep calm,' said the first explorer. 'Remember what we read in that book on wild animals: if you stand absolutely still and look a lion straight in the eyes, he will turn tail and run away.'
"'Fine,' said the second explorer. 'You have read the book, I have read the book, but has he read the book?'
"The books create problems, the books puzzle you. And the thing is very absurd: they puzzle you in the name of trying to clarify things. They puzzle you through their explanations. You are caught in those explanations because you think that unless you have the explanations, how are you going to live?
"Have you heard the famous anecdote about a centipede who was walking? It was a sunny morning and it was beautiful, and the centipede was happy and must have been singing in his heart. He was going, almost drunk with the morning air.
"A frog sitting by the side was very puzzled – he must have been a philosopher. He asked, 'Uncle, wait! You are doing a miracle. A hundred legs! How do you manage? Which leg comes first, which comes second, third – and so on and so forth, up to a hundred. You don't get puzzled? How do you manage? It looks impossible to me.'
"The centipede said, 'I have never thought about it."