On the surface a hypocrite is born, who says, “I love everybody, love is the key to blissfulness”
marts 15, 2020
The technique of positive thinking is not a technique that
transforms you. It is simply repressing the negative aspects of your personality.
It is a method of choice. It cannot help awareness; it goes against awareness. Awareness
is always choiceless.
Positive thinking simply means forcing the negative into the
unconscious and conditioning the conscious mind with positive thoughts. But the
trouble is that the unconscious is far more powerful, nine times more powerful,
than the conscious mind. So once a thing becomes unconscious, it becomes nine
times more powerful than it was before. It may not show in the old fashion, but
it will find new ways of expression.
So positive thinking is a very poor method, without any deep
understanding, and it goes on giving you wrong ideas about yourself.
Positive thinking came out of Christian Science. It talks
now more philosophically, but the base remains the same – that if you think
negatively, that is going to happen to you; if you think positively, that is
going to happen to you. And in America that kind of literature is widely read.
Nowhere else in the world has positive thinking made any impact – because it is
“Think and grow rich” – everybody knows this is simply
foolish. And it is harmful, and dangerous too.
The negative ideas of your mind have to be released, not
repressed by positive ideas. You have to create a consciousness which is
neither positive nor negative. That will be the pure consciousness.
In that pure consciousness you will live the most natural
and blissful life.
If you repress some negative idea because it is hurting
you…. For example: if you are angry, and you repress it and try to make an
effort to change the energy into something positive – to feel loving towards
the person you were feeling angry with, to feel compassionate – you know you
are deceiving yourself.
Deep down it is still anger; it is just that you are
whitewashing it. On the surface you may smile, but your smile will be limited
only to your lips. It will be an exercise of the lips; it won’t be connected
with you, with your heart, with your being. Between your smile and your heart,
you yourself have put a great block – the negative feeling that you have
And it is not one feeling; in life you have thousands of
negative feelings. You don’t like a person, you don’t like many things; you
don’t like yourself, you don’t like the situation you are in. All this garbage
goes on collecting in the unconscious, and on the surface a hypocrite is born,
who says, “I love everybody, love is the key to blissfulness.” But you don’t
see any bliss in that person’s life. He is holding the whole of hell within
He can deceive others, and if he goes on deceiving long
enough, he can deceive himself too. But it won’t be a change. It is simply
wasting life – which is immensely valuable because you cannot get it back.
Positive thinking is simply the philosophy of hypocrisy – to
give it the right name. When you are feeling like crying, it teaches you to
sing. You can manage if you try, but those repressed tears will come out at
some point, in some situation. There is a limitation to repression. And the
song that you were singing was absolutely meaningless; you were not feeling it,
it was not born out of your heart.
It was just because the philosophy says to always choose the
I am absolutely against positive thinking. You will be surprised that if you don’t choose, if you remain in a choiceless awareness, your life will start expressing something which is beyond both positive and negative, which is higher than both. So you are not going to be a loser. It is not going to be negative, it is not going to be positive, it is going to be existential.