Vigyan Bhairav Tantra - Meditation
THE PURITY OF OTHER TEACHINGS IS AN IMPURITY TO US. IN
REALITY, KNOW NOTHING AS PURE OR IMPURE
This is one of the basic messages of tantra. It is very difficult to
conceive of it because it is absolutely non-ethical, non-moral. I will
not say immoral because tantra is not concerned with morality or
immorality. Tantra says it is irrelevant. This message is to help you to
grow beyond purity and impurity, beyond division really, beyond
dichotomy, duality. Tantra says, existence is non-dual, it is one, and
all distinctions are man-created -- all distinctions, remember.
Distinctions as such are man-created. Good-bad, pure-impure,
moral-immoral, virtue-sin: all these concepts are man-created. They are
attitudes of man; they are not real. What is impure and what is pure? It
depends on your interpretation. What is immoral and what is moral? It
depends on your interpretation.
Nietzsche has said somewhere that all morality is interpretation. So
something can be moral in this country and immoral in the neighboring
country, something can be moral to a Mohammedan and immoral to a Hindu,
moral to a Christian and immoral to a Jaina. Or something can even be
moral to the older generation and immoral to the younger generation. It
depends; it is an attitude. Basically, it is a fiction. The fact is
simply the fact. The naked fact is simply the fact; it is neither moral
nor immoral, pure nor impure.
Think of the earth without human beings. Then what will be pure and what
will be impure? Everything will be -- simply "be." Nothing will be pure
and nothing will be impure; nothing will be good and nothing will be
bad. With man, mind comes in. Mind divides. It says "this" is good and
"that" is bad. This division not only creates a division in the world;
this division creates a division in the divider also. If you divide, you
are also divided in that division, and you cannot transcend your inner
division unless you forget outer divisions. Whatsoever you do to the
world, you have done to yourself also.
Naropa, one of the greatest masters of Siddha Yoga, says, "An inch
division, and hell and heaven are set apart" -- an inch division! But we
go on dividing; we go on labeling, condemning, justifying. Look at the
bare fact of existence and don't label it. Only then can tantra's
teachings be understood. Don't say good or bad; don't bring your mind to
the fact. The moment you bring your mind to the fact, you have created a
fiction. Now it is not a fact, it is not a reality: it is your
projection. This sutra says, "THE PURITY OF OTHER TEACHINGS IS AN
IMPURITY TO US. IN REALITY, KNOW NOTHING AS PURE OR IMPURE."
"THE PURITY OF OTHER TEACHINGS IS AN IMPURITY TO US:" Tantra
says, "What is very pure for other teachings, a virtue, is a sin for us,
because their concept of purity divides. For them something becomes
If you call a man a saint, you have created the sinner. Now you will
have to condemn someone somewhere because the saint cannot exist without
the sinner. And look now at the absurdity of our efforts: we go on
trying to destroy sinners, and we conceive of and hope for a world where
there will be no sinners -- only saints. This is nonsense because saints
cannot exist without sinners. They are the other aspect of the same
coin. You cannot destroy one aspect of the coin, they both will exist.
Sinners and saints are both part and parcel of one thing. If you destroy
the sinners, saints will disappear from the world. But don't be afraid;
let them disappear because they have not proved to be of any worth.
Sinners and saints are both part of one interpretation, of one attitude
towards the world, in which one says, "This is good and that is bad."
And you cannot say that "This is good" unless you say that "That is
bad." The bad is needed to define the good. So the good depends on the
bad, your virtue depends on sin, and your saints are impossible; they
cannot exist without the sinners. So they must be grateful to the
sinners; they cannot exist without them. In relation to them, in
comparison to them, howsoever much they condemn the sinners, they are
part and parcel of the same phenomenon. Sinners can disappear from the
world only when saints disappear -- not before that; and sin will not be
there when there is no concept of virtue.
Tantra says that the fact is real and the interpretation is unreal.
Don't interpret. "IN REALITY, KNOW NOTHING AS PURE OR IMPURE." Why?
Because purity and impurity are OUR attitudes imposed on reality. Try
this. This technique is arduous, not simple -- because we are so much
oriented towards dual thinking, based, rooted in dual thinking, that we
are not even aware of our condemnations and justifications. If someone
starts smoking here, you may not have consciously felt anything, but you
have condemned. Deep down within you, you have condemned. Your look may
have condemned or no look may have condemned. You may not have looked at
the person, and you have condemned.
This is going to be difficult because the habit has become so
deep-rooted. You go on -- just by your gestures, your sitting, your
standing -- you go on condemning, justifying, not even aware of what you
are doing. When you smile at a person or when you don't smile at a
person, when you look at someone or you don't look, you just ignore
someone, what are you doing? You are imposing your attitudes. You say
something is beautiful; then you will have to condemn something as ugly.
And this dual attitude is simultaneously dividing you, so within you
there will be two persons.
If you say that someone is angry and anger is bad, what will you do when
you will feel angry? You will say that this is bad, then there will be
problems because you say that "This is bad: this anger in me is bad."
Then you have started to divide yourself into two persons -- a bad
person, an evil person within, and a good person, a saint. Of course,
you are bound to be identified with the saint within, so the devil,
Satan, the evil within you is to be condemned. You are divided in two.
Now there will be a constant fight, a conflict. Now you cannot be an
individual; you will be a crowd, a house divided against itself. Now
there will be no peace, no silence. You will feel only tensions and
anguish. This is what you are feeling, but you don't know why.
A divided person cannot be at peace. How can he be? Where to put your
devil? You have to destroy it, and it is you; you cannot destroy it. You
are not two. The reality is one, but because of your divisive attitude
you have divided the outer reality. Now the inner is also divided
accordingly -- so everyone is fighting with himself. It is as if you are
fighting against one hand -- fighting the right hand with the left hand
-- and the energy is one. In my right hand and left hand, I am; I am
flowing in both. But I can oppose one against the other, my right hand
against my left hand, and I can create a conflict, a bogus fight.
Sometimes I can deceive myself that the right hand has won, and now the
left is down. But this is a deception, because I know that it is me in
both and any moment I can put the left up and the right down. I am in
both; both the hands are mine.
So howsoever much you think you have put your saint above and crushed
the devil down, know that at any moment you can change the positions,
and the saint will be down and the devil will be up. That creates fear,
insecurity, because you know that nothing is certain. You know you are
so loving this moment and you have crushed your hatred down, but you are
afraid because at any moment the hatred can come up and the love will be
just crushed down. And it can happen at any moment because you are
Tantra says don't divide, be undivided; only then will you be
victorious. How to be undivided? You don't condemn, don't say "this" is
good and "that" is bad. Just withdraw all conceptions of purity and
impurity. Look at the world, but don't say what it is. Be ignorant,
don't be too much wise. Don't label, remain silent, non-condemnatory,
non-justifying. If you can remain silent about the world, by and by this
silence will penetrate within. And if the division is not there
outwardly, the division will disappear from the inner consciousness,
because both CAN exist together.
But this is dangerous for society. That is why tantra was suppressed.
This is dangerous! Nothing is immoral, nothing is moral; nothing is
pure, nothing is impure. Things are as they are. A real tantric will not
say that a thief is bad; he will say that he is a thief; that is all.
And by using the word `thief' there is no condemnation in his mind. This
"thief" is just a fact, not a condemnation. If someone says that "Here
is a man who is a great saint," he will say, "Okay! He is a saint." But
there is no evaluation in it. He will not say, "He is good", he will
say, "Okay! He is a saint and that man is a thief," just like this is a
rose and that is not a rose, this tree is high and that tree is low,
night is dark and day is light -- but without comparison.
But this is dangerous. Society cannot exist without condemning one thing
and without appreciating the other -- society cannot exist! Society
exists on duality. That is why tantra was suppressed. It was thought to
be anti-social, but it is not. It is not! But that very attitude of
non-duality is transcendental. It is not anti-society, it is
transcendental; it is beyond society.
Try this. Just move in the world without any values, just with natural
facts: someone is this, someone is that. And then, by and by, you will
feel a non-division within yourself. Your polarities will be coming
together, your "bad" and your "good" will be coming together. They will
merge into one, and you will become one unity. There will be nothing as
pure, nothing as impure. Know the reality.
"THE PURITY OF OTHER TEACHINGS IS AN IMPURITY TO US:" Tantra says that
"What is basic for others is poisonous for us." For example, there are
teachings which are based on non-violence. They say violence is bad,
non-violence is good. Tantra says that non-violence is non-violence,
violence is violence; nothing is good and nothing is bad.
There are teachings which are based on celibacy -- BRAHMACHARYA. They
say that BRAHMACHARYA is good, sex is bad. Tantra says sex is sex,
BRAHMACHARYA is BRAHMACHARYA. One is a BRAHMACHARI and one is not. But
these are simple facts, no values are attached to them. And tantra will
never say that BRAHMACHARYA is good -- the celibate is good -- and that
the one who is in sex is bad. Tantra will not say that. Tantra accepts
things as they are. And why? Just to create a unity within you.
This is a technique to create a unity within you, to have a total
existence within, undivided, non-conflicting, not opposed. Only then is
silence possible. One who is trying to move to some place against
something can never be at peace. How can he be? And one who is divided
within himself, fighting with himself, how can he win? It is impossible.
You are both, so who is going to win? No one is going to win, and you
will be at loss because you will dissipate your energy in fighting
unnecessarily. This is a technique to create a unity in yourself. Allow
valleys to disappear; don't judge.
Jesus says somewhere, "Judge ye not so that ye may not be judged." But
this was impossible for the Jews to understand, because the whole Jewish
conception is morality oriented: "This is good and that is not good."
Jesus in his teaching, "Judge ye not," is talking in terms of tantra. If
he was murdered, crucified, it is because of this. He had a tantra
attitude -- "Judge ye not."
So don't say that a prostitute is bad -- who knows? and don't say that a
puritan is good. Who knows? And ultimately they both are part of one
game. They are based on each other -- on a mutual existence. So Jesus
says, "Judge ye not," and this is what this sutra means: "Judge ye not
so that ye may not be judged."
If you are non-judging, not taking any moral standpoint, simply
observing facts as they are, not interpreting them according to
yourself, then you cannot be judged. You are transformed completely. Now
there is no need for YOU to be judged by any divine power -- there is no
need! You have become divine yourself; you have become God yourself. Be
a witness, not a judge.