When You’re Not Truth­ful

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You can only be ei­ther de­struc­tive or cre­ative. If your en­er­gies are not re­leased into cre­ativ­ity, they will make you an­gry, full of ha­tred and vi­o­lence. Then there are two ways for that vi­o­lence to go: one is to be vi­o­lent with oth­ers, and the other is to be vi­o­lent with your­self. The politi­cian is vi­o­lent with oth­ers.

Hitler and Mus­solini were vi­o­lent with oth­ers; Ma­hatma Gandhi was to­tally dif­fer­ent, he was the apos­tle of non-vi­o­lence — but he was con­tin­u­ously de­struc­tive to­wards him­self. If you are not be­ing your true self, you are ly­ing. You may not be lit­er­ally ly­ing, you may not even be aware that you are ly­ing, but you smile when you are not feel­ing like smil­ing, you say hello to some­body when there is no heart in it — it is a lie. When you say to some­body, “I love you,” just for­mally, you are ly­ing.

That’s why the Bud­dha says: it is hard to be au­then­tic. But if you live an au­then­tic life, you ac­cept all this, in you and in oth­ers; you don’t re­ject it. This is part of life, this is how we grow. All sweet­ness and all po­lite­ness is phoney. An au­then­tic per­son is sweet and bit­ter; he loves, he hates. When you ac­cept both the po­lar­i­ties of your be­ing, you be­come au­then­tic. Then you are not ly­ing.

The Bud­dha was never in favour of re­pres­sion. The Bud­dha says, be­come more con­scious of your ly­ing, of your de­struc­tive­ness.… Be­ware, be­cause you are dig­ging up your own roots. The man who is not a mas­ter of him­self, what­so­ever he is do­ing to oth­ers is de­struc­tive, and ul­ti­mately all that de­struc­tion re­bounds on him­self.

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