The Circus of Morality
Sadhguru looks at how morality and virtues are "just a cover-up job." What should have naturally happened, people try to act out through morality, he tells us. He looks at why such concepts are not sustainable, and explains that if we throb as life, morality or teaching would be unnecessary. What this life has to do, we will anyway do. And what we need not do, we will not do.
Sadhguru: Human mind, because it wants to fix one thing, it invents too many things. Because one fundamental ingredient is missing, instead of getting to it, it tries to invent so many things. Various types of moralities, various ideas of virtue and sin - all these things have been invented by human mind just to fill that one slot which has not been filled, that is to be in connection with the Divine which is throbbing within us. Because that one thing is missing, we are trying to make it up with so many things. What is virtue, what is sin, if you go about debating, I’m sure each individual have his own sense of what is virtue and what is sin, of course according to his convenience, you know. All this is just a circus that the mind is doing, simply because the conscious contact with that which is the basis of who you are has not been established, because to cover that one lacking we’ve invented so many things.
On a Sunday morning, in a Sunday school, the Sunday School teacher in a church was very enthusiastic and he wanted the little tiny tots who were before him to get something that day. So he was talking about virtue. And then he said, ‘Today, as I was coming to the church I saw two people beating up a donkey very badly; I went and saved this donkey from the beating. What virtue is that?’ So a little boy in the back row stood up and said, ‘Brotherly love.’ (Laughter)
So your ideas of virtue can always be twisted and turned in so many different ways from generation to generation. Ideas of morality, ideas of virtue and sin are twisting and turning, isn’t it? Whichever way it is convenient for today, accordingly we’ll twist it, and always there’s a debate as to which is virtue and sin. From society to society, from generation to generation, from individual to individual - within the house if there are four people, four people have four different standards of virtue, isn’t it so? No? All this, just a cover up job. To being… Being moralistic means, to be in morality means you are in pretention of spirituality. What should have naturally occurred, you’re trying to act it out. If you were a flower that blossomed, fragrance would naturally come, because you’re a plastic flower now, you’re trying to spray. You spray today in an hour’s time, again it’s gone. Morality is a big circus; with great difficulty people are being moral, isn’t it? No? With great difficulty and those of them who are successful in being moralistic, those people who are one hundred percent correct in their morals, one thing that’s happening with them is nobody wants to be around them. They don’t mind being around somebody who’s immoral, but they want somebody lively, isn’t it? Totally moral and lifeless, nobody wants to be with them.
Please see, the more an individual person thinks that he is a good person, ‘I’m good, I’m good, I’m good,’ nobody wants to be with him, because this idea of what is morality, what is virtue, what is sin, is essentially coming in comparison with somebody else. How do I come to a conclusion that I’m a good man? He is not okay, yes? Not okay. She’s not okay, he’s not okay, she’s not okay, he’s not okay, he’s not okay, he’s not okay, compared to all these people I’m a good man. If I do not make any judgments about any of these people, then there is no basis for me to call myself a good man or a bad man. The more good you think you are, the more you will find, nobody is okay. Have you noticed this? People who think they are very good, in their eyes nobody is okay. If nobody is okay, it’s not a question of virtue, it is a question of madness. The first sign of psychological disorder is you start thinking nobody is okay. Do you know this? Even medically, the first sign of psychological disorder, you start thinking nobody is okay. Some American author said this, I forget his name. He said, ‘Everybody in this world is queer except you and me. You also seem to be little queer.’ (Laughter) You know who said that? Somebody know who said that? I don’t know, I think it’s Mark Twain I’m not sure. (Laughs) So nobody is okay, except you. If nobody is okay it is a clear case of madness, it is not a question of morality or virtue. But you will see if you go by principles of morality or virtue, if you look at anybody carefully, if you put them on the microscope of your morality and look at them, nobody is for sure not okay. You can’t tolerate anybody, forget about loving them.
So virtue is not about practicing a certain morality; the greatest virtue is that you are in tune with life, you have become life. Am I not life? No. You become too much mind, you become too much emotion, you are not life. And when I say you become too much mind, the content of your mind is not yours. If you carefully watch your mind you will see your father is sitting here, your mother is sitting there, your teacher here, your friend somewhere else, your enemy somewhere else, just a whole crowd of people sitting inside and doing crazy things. Yes? When such a crowd of people are there, there is no question of consciousness. A crowd cannot be conscious. Only an individual human being can be conscious. If you carry a crowd of people in your head, the chances of you being conscious are super remote.
So the whole process, the spiritual process is about shifting from being a mental activity to being a life process. Are you alive with a mind? Are you a mind with life attached? Let’s decide this. Ah? Are you a life with some mental capabilities or are you a mind with a little bit of life attached? You’re a life, isn’t it? But you know, the so-called great philosophers of the world told you, ‘I think, so I exist.’ Well, is it because you think that you exist or is it because you exist you think? Which way is it? Because you exist, you may think, not necessarily you must think, you may think. But now people are saying because I think, I exist. Once you nurture these kind of thoughts, I want you to understand, these are supposed to be brilliant realizations - ‘I think, so I exist.’ No. You exist so you may think. That's the reality.
A very enthusiastic biology teacher saw a very ununth… unenthusiastic classroom full of children, so he wanted to do something. So he went stood on his head in the class on top of the table. Can somebody do it? Can somebody do it, no? And, he stood there like this on top of his head, and children got interested and they were all looking. Then he said, staying on his head, ‘Can you see my face is getting all red?’ They said, ‘Yes.’ Then he got off and then he said, ‘See, when I stand on my head, my… all the blood moves into my head region and my face gets red. But when I stand on my feet it does not happen, why?’ Why… one little boy stood up and said, ‘Because feet ain’t empty.’ (Laughter) If you perceive things wrongly, upside down, you could be in deep trouble. I want you to understand, life can get poisoned simply because you have a wrong thought or a wrong emotion or a wrong idea or a wrong philosophy for yourself. So how do you know a particular thought is wrong or right? How do you know a particular philosophy is wrong or right? You do not know. The only way to find out whether something is poisonous enough or not is to drink it and see, after that we will know, you will not know. (Laughter) Yes, we will know it works, you will not know.
So what works and what doesn’t work, if you find out like this it’s going to be very expensive. The best thing is to allow the intelligence of the life to function, not taking inputs from too many people and too many things. This life is it a complete life by itself? Or is it a half a life? What do you think? Ah? Is it a complete life? Is it a complete life? Yes. But all the priests, pundits, teachers believe it is not a complete life. They think they have to fix you. The moment a child is born, everybody is trying to tell him what is good and what is bad because somewhere they believe, essentially all children are born bad or they believe Creator has made a mistake and they’re gonna fix it. You think Crearor… Creator has made a mistake with you? You think Creator has made a mistake with you and you need to fix it? No. You just have to become the way he intended, that’s all. If you allow this life to function just the way he intended, everything is fine with this. Now you’ve gotten twisted out, as your society expects you or your own some stupid philosophy that you gathered from somebody. Just to throb here as life… Oh is it enough if am just here as life? I may become immoral, I may kill this person, I may rob this person I may ha… do harm to this person. Yes, if you sit here just as a body it is very much possible. The moment you get hungry you may pounce on the person next to you and start eating him or her. Possible, if you sit here just as a body, it is possible. If you sit here just as a mind it is very much possible depending upon what kind of content you have taken into your mind, accordingly you may do so many things. But if you sit here and reverberate as just life, the question of harming another life will never occur to you. Nobody has to tell you, do not harm, do not do this, do not do that. Only if you’re here as a body or as a mind, then somebody has to tell you don’t pounce on somebody. If you’re here as a piece of life, if you throb as life, you will see you will not need any morality, you will not need any teaching, you will not any need virtues, input into you… input into you. If you sit here, you’re perfectly fine. What this life has to do, you will anyway do, what it ke… should not do, you will anyway not do. And if you reverberate as this…as a piece of life, you will clearly know that your life is not individual. It is connected with everything in the universe. There is no way you can miss that point.
Only if you’re too engaged in your head or too involved in your body you will be a separate happening. If your involvement is with the life process, not with the physical process, not with the psychological process, if you’re not identified too much with the physical process and the psychological process, if you’re simply sitting here as a life process, you cannot miss the point that there are no borders for your life process. It is happening from everywhere. If you sat here, at least experiencing your breath properly right now, I don’t have to tell you, ‘Don’t chop the tree.’ Yes? You would clearly know one part of your ling… lung is hanging there upon the tree. Nobody has to tell you. This is not ecological sciences. This is not biology, this is simple life sense. If you’re aware of your life process you would clearly know and then I don’t have to tell you, ‘Do not chop the tree’. If it is a must you will do it, to the extent its necessary. If it is not necessary, you will not touch it and this is how it should be, isn’t it? Not out of your morality, not because you’re an eco activist, simply because you’re life, you wouldn’t cut another life, it’s as simple as that. And you understand your life process is deeply connected with everything around you. If this becomes an experiential reality, nobody has to tell you how to be.