tons of money. Or you enter into the world and getcaught in it. Or you live a life of your own.So what is the purpose, the meaning, of yourexistence? Please, the speaker is asking this in allhumility. Is life’s purpose merely to earn money, tobe married, have a house, power, position? Is that thepurpose of your life? Apparently it is. That is whatyou are all being trained for, that is what you want.And if you are dissatisfied with that, then you inventa purpose: to find God or some kind of illumination.If that too doesn’t satisfy you, you take to drugs anddrink and all the rest of the vast amusement. Onewonders if you realize what the entertainmentindustry is doing to you. Then there is the religiousentertainment of going to temples, doing puja, andall that goes on in a temple or a church or a mosque.Please don’t get annoyed, I am just pointing this out.So, if one may ask, are you wasting your life?—lifewhich is so complex, life which has no readymadeanswers. Life is vast and thereforeis something most extraordinarilysacred. And what do we do withit? You have to answer thisquestion, whether you are old oryoung.So, as students and professors,what is your response, yourresponsibility? You see, you havealways had leaders, especially in this country. Youhave had great leaders, political, social, and religious,and so on. And where have they led you? Where hasMarx led the communist world? Where have all theso-called sacred literature, the Upanishads, the Gita,led you? There is nothing sacred about them, no bookis sacred. So what is the meaning of all this existence?You may not want to look at it, you may want to avoidit. You may say, ‘I am too young, it is not my business.’And the older people say, ‘Sorry, we are too old, wecannot face all this any more.’ So what is all yourknowledge leading you to? Conformity, imitation?Mere absorption of information so that there isnothing original, nothing pristine?And what place has knowledge in love? Is notknowledge the enemy of love, the destroyer of love?Would you please consider this? You give abouttwenty or thirty years to acquiring knowledge ofphysics, linguistics, biology, sociology, philosophy,psychoanalysis, psychiatry, and so on. You give yearsand years to it, and you don’t give
one day or even one hour
to find out for yourself what you are and whyyou are living like this.And have you realized that all human beings,whether they live in affluent societies, in castles or inhuts, share this human consciousness? Because allhuman beings suffer, go through great agonies, a greatsense of loneliness, despair, and the meaninglessnessof this existence. All human beings on this earth—which is so extraordinarily beautiful and which youare so sedulously destroying—whether they are thepoorest and the most illiterate or the highlysophisticated, suffer, go through a great sense ofdesperate loneliness, and face death. Every humanbeing on this earth shares all this. Do please listen towhat the speaker is saying, don’t get bored. Nobodyis going to tell you all this. We share the commonsorrow, the sorrow of the whole of mankind. Ourconsciousness is made up of all this. Yourconsciousness is not yours, though your tradition,both religious and social, says you are a separateindividual. Your consciousness is what you are: yourbeliefs, your superstitions, your fears, your anxieties,your lack of love, and your selfishness. It is theconsciousness of all humanity. There is no escape fromthat; it is a fact. Therefore you are not an individual.You may be a woman or a man,you may be tall, have fair skin, andso on, but you are not anindividual.
You are the whole of humanity
. Because you smile, youlaugh, you shed tears, you gothrough great turmoil, effort, andconflict, and face insecurity. So youare actually the rest of mankind.You are not a Hindu, though you like to call yourselfone. That is just your local, provincial conditioning.So facing all this, are you going to waste yourlife?—passing some examinations, getting a job, beingtrained to imitate. That’s what you are being taught:to imitate, to conform, to fit into the pattern. And isthat the end of life? Then you ask: ‘What shall we do?Is there something else?’ To find something
different from all this, you have to have a great dealof intelligence. Intelligence is not knowledge.Knowledge gives you capacity, position, status, butknowledge is not love, knowledge is not compassion.It is only where there is love and compassion that thereis intelligence, and that intelligence has nothingwhatsoever to do with the cunning intelligence ofthought.So, if the speaker may most politely ask: Are youwasting your life? This is the only life you have. Youmay think there is reincarnation, that you will be bornnext life. That may be a mere theory. Even if youbelieve in reincarnation, what matters is how you livenow, whether you are good, whether you are a totalhuman being, not broken up as a scientist, biologist,as someone with a special career. If your life is brokenup, if there is conflict, your life is never a holisticmovement. So considering all this, ask yourself if youare wasting your life. Nobody can answer that
And this is what we callliving: never a moment ofquietness, never a moment ofgreat beauty in our life, butonly the incessant chattering ofthe brain.