“The proud believe that you can catch fire without burning and grab the sword without cutting, but he who breaks peace remains without it and he who sows winds in the world collects storms in his soul.”
“Jeremiah: Dramatic poem in nine frames,” Stefan Zweig.
There is no role of Civil Society in creating storm and harming your peace of mind. It is the proud which is reaping the crop of the seeds sown.
“Albert Einstein’s last words were, “I have been thinking the whole of my life that I would demystify the universe. But what has happened is just the contrary. The deeper I went into existence, the more the mystery deepened. I am dying full of wonder, I am dying in wonder.”
But this is rare; this is the quality of a genius. The genius is one who does not allow the society to reduce him to a robot: that’s my definition of a genius. Everybody is born as a genius, but people start compromising very soon. And when they compromise, their intelligence dies. They go on selling their souls for mundane things, for useless things.
If you can die like Albert Einstein, you have lived rightly and you are dying rightly.
Albert Einstein is far more spiritual than your Vatican pope. Before he died, somebody asked him, “If you are born again, I am certain you would like to become a great physicist and mathematician again.” He said, “No, never! If another opportunity is given to me, rather than being a physicist, I would like to become a plumber. I would like to live a very ordinary kind of life, anonymous, so that I could enjoy life more easily with nobody coming in my way. My fame, prestige, research – nothing coming in my way, so that I could have a deeper communion with existence.””
How many parent teach their kids to do ordinary things in life like cooking, cleaning, painting, plumbing, gardening and fixing household machines and electrical appliances etc?
Most parents destroy their kids spiritual journey before it starts.
In India there exists cast based system-actually it was devised to help lower class to rise through mentoring.
The enlightened ones (due to own dedication and courageous efforts in spiritual journey) were called Brahman and people from others three lower sections needs to respect their courage and dedication so that they can teach these lower class from their experiences.
Over period of time the real enlightenment is wrongly replaced by family blood like that exists in monarchy.
For example if a father has acquired Ph. D. then his child, grand child, great grand child will be born with the wisdom of that Ph. D degree.
Now a father (the great grand child of the real Ph.D. degree holder in example) needs to teach to his kid that he too is an enlightened person (Ph.D. holder) by birth, so that his own enlightenment (his own Ph. D. Degree) could not be questioned by the son in later age!
This way their spiritual journey stops even before taking a start, but they learn how to behave like a wise person without having due qualification from their parents.
Enlightenment happens on its own but here it is being taught this way last 5000 years!
Osho tried to break this tradition by giving such example.