When the boy got home he was very angry at his father and he tried to tell him the story. You are here — you have learned the art. Being is one, the world is many, and between the two is the divided mind, the dual mind.
It is just like a big tree, an ancient oak: the trunk is lone, then the tree divides into two main branches, the main bifurcation from which a thousand and one bifurcations of branches grow. The being is just like the trunk of the tree: one, non-dual. The mind is the first bifurcation where the tree divides into two, becomes dual, becomes dialectical: thesis and antithesis, man and woman, yin and yang, day and night, God and Devil, Yoga and Zen. All the dualities of the world are basically in the duality of the mind, and below the duality is oneness of being.
If you slip below, underneath the duality, you will find one — call it God, call it nirvana or whatsoever you like.
If you go higher through the duality, you come to the many million-fold world. This is one of the most basic insights to be understood: that mind is not one. Hence whatsoever you see through the mind becomes two. It is just like a white ray entering a prism: it is immediately divided into seven colors and the rainbow is created. Before it entered the prism it was one; through the prism it is divided and the white color disappears into seven colors of the rainbow.
Your brain is divided into two hemispheres: the right hemisphere and the left hemisphere. The right hemisphere is joined with the left hand, and the left hemisphere is joined with the right hand — crosswise. The right hemisphere is intuitive, illogical, irrational, poetic, platonic, imaginative, romantic, mythical, religious; the left hemisphere is logical, rational, mathematical, Aristotelian, scientific, calculative. These two hemispheres are constantly in conflict.
The basic politics of the world is within you, the greatest politics of the world is within you. You may not be aware of it but once you become aware, the real thing to be done is somewhere between these two minds. The left hand is concerned with the right hemisphere that is intuition, imagination, myth, poetry, religion.
The left hand is very much condemned. The society is of those who are right-handed; right-handed means left hemisphere.
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Ten percent of children are born left-handed but they are forced to be right-handed. Children who are born left-handed are basically irrational, intuitive, non-mathematical, non-Euclidian. They are dangerous to the society; the society forces them in every way to become right-handed.
It is not just a question of hands, it is a question of inner politics: the left-handed child functions through the right hemisphere. That, society cannot allow, it is dangerous; he has to be stopped before things go too far. It is suspected that in the beginning the proportion must have been fiftyfifty: left-handed children fifty percent and right-handed children fifty percent. But the right-handed party has ruled so long that by and by the proportion has fallen to ten percent and ninety percent.
Even amongst you here, many will be left-handed but you may not be aware of it. You may be writing with the right hand and do your work with the right hand, but in your childhood you may have been forced to be right-handed. This is a trick, because once you become right-handed your left hemisphere starts functioning. The left hemisphere is reason, the right hemisphere is beyond reason. Its functioning is not mathematical — it functions in flashes, it is intuitive, very graceful, but irrational. The left-handed minority is the most oppressed minority in the world, even more than the negroes, even more than the poor people.
Now if you understand this division you can understand many things. The bourgeoisie and the proletariat: the proletariat is always functioning through the right hemisphere of the brain; poor people are more intuitive. Go to primitive people — they are more intuitive. The poorer the person, the less intellectual.
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And that may be the cause of his being poor. Because he is less intellectual he cannot compete in the world of reason: he is less articulate as far as language is concerned, reason is concerned, calculation is concerned; he is almost a fool. That may be the cause of his being poor. And the rich person is functioning through the left hemisphere of the brain: he is more calculative, arithmetical in everything; cunning, clever, logical, planning.
That may be the reason why he is rich. Nowthe proletariat and the bourgeoisie cannot disappearthrough communist revolutions, no, because the communist revolution is by the same kind of people. The czar ruled Russia; he ruled it through the left hemisphere of the mind. Then he was replaced by Lenin who is again of the same type. Then Lenin is replaced by Stalin who is even more the same type. The revolution is false because deep down the same type of people are ruling: the ruler and the ruled remain the same; the ruled are of the right-sided hemisphere.
So whatsoever you do in the outside world makes no difference really; it is superficial. The same applies to men and women. Women are right-hemisphere people, men are left-hemisphere people.
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Men have ruled women for centuries. Now a few women are revolting, but the amazing thing is that these are the same type of women. In fact they are just like men: rational, argumentative, Aristotelian. It is possible that one day, just as the communist revolution has succeeded in Russia and China, one day somewhere — maybe in America — women can succeed and overthrow men.
But by the time women succeed, the women will no longer be women; by that time they will have become left-hemisphered — because to fight one has to be calculative, and to fight with men you have to be like men, aggressive. Women who have become part of that liberation movement are very aggressive; they are losing all grace, all that comes out of intuition — because if you have to fight with men you have to learn the same trick, if you have to fight with men you have to fight with the same techniques. Fighting with anybody is very dangerous because you become like your enemy.
That is one of the greatest problems of human history. Once you fight with somebody, by and by you have to use the same technique and the same way. The enemy may be defeated, but by the time he is defeated you have become your own enemy. Stalin is more czar-like than any czar, more violent than any czar. Of course, it has to be so: to overthrow czars, very violent people are needed, more violent than the czar himself.
Only they will become the revolutionaries, only they will come out on top. By the time they reach there, they have become czars themselves, and society continues in the same way. Just superficial things change; deep down the same conflict remains. The conflict is in man. Unless it is resolved there, it cannot be resolved anywhere else. The politics is within you, it is between your two parts of the mind. A very small bridge exists. If that bridge is broken through some accident, through some physiological defect or something else, the person becomes split, the person becomes two persons and the phenomenon of schizophrenia or split personality happens.
If the bridge is broken — and the bridge is very fragile — then you become two, you behave like two persons. In the morning you are very loving, very beautiful, in the evening you are very angry, absolutely different. Madmen and Devotees. The Proper State of Mind. Life Death and Love. You Have My Marrow. For more information. His often provocative and challenging teachings generate today more and more interest, years after his death in ; and his readership is dramatically expanding around the world in more than fifty languages.
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