When there are many in you, you are a crowd, and the crowd is noisy. When you become one, there is silence. Only by becoming one will you attain to silence, and in that silence you can hear the voice of existence, in that silence you can start feeling the presence of the divine. And when you are one, you will be able to have a communion with the whole. By being a whole yourself, you become capable of having a communion with the whole.
Man has lived very partially: in fragments, in guilt, in fear. A new man is needed, urgently needed. Enough is enough, say good-bye to the old man. It has created only wars, violence; it has created sadists, masochists, it has created a very ugly human being. It has made people pathological, it has not allowed a natural, healthy, sane humanity to be born.
Just the other day, somebody asked, “Who is a masochist and who is a sadist?” A masochist is a person who loves to have a cold shower every morning, but takes instead a warm one. And the sadist is a person who, if asked by a masochist, “Please, please, hit hard on my head,” says “No!”
People are torturing themselves and torturing others in every possible way. In the name of religion, in the name of morality, in the name of nationality, people are torturing each other, killing each other. Beautiful names have been found for very pathological, insane things. Insanities are called “nationalities,” insanities are called “moralities” – beautiful labels on very ugly things.
But it is time that we should get rid of it all. And if we don’t get rid of it all soon enough, then the cup will be full. Man is going to die if the new does not arrive; the old cannot survive. There is no possibility for the old to survive, it has come to its tether’s end. It has lived more than expected.
I teach you a new man, a new humanity, which will not think of the future and which will not live with shoulds and oughts, which will not deny any natural instinct, which will accept its body, which will accept all that is given by existence with deep gratitude.
Your body is your temple, it is sacred. Your body is not your enemy. It is not irreligious to love your body, to take care of your body – it is religious. It is irreligious to torture your body and to destroy it. The religious person will love his body because it is the temple where existence lives.
You and your body are not really two, but the manifestation of one. Your soul is your invisible body, and your body is your visible soul. I teach this unity and with this, man becomes whole. And I teach you joy, not sadness. I teach you playfulness, not seriousness. I teach you love and laughter, because to me there is nothing more sacred than love and laughter, and there is nothing more prayerful than playfulness.
I don’t teach you renunciation, as it has been taught down the ages. I teach you: Rejoice, rejoice, and rejoice again! Rejoicing should be the essential core of my sannyasins.
Yes, my approach to life is holistic, because to me, to be whole is to be holy.
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