The Evolution of a Flea
The other day,
when you had a flea in your ear … we
were discussing it among ourselves …
and it appeared to some of us that
you had lost your cool …
Appeared, did it?
Beware of appearances.
Osho never lost his cool?
Finn Mc Cool?
U G Krishnamurti?
Lost my cool, did I?
Where did I lose it?
Will you help me find it?
All of you!
Go look for it!
Anyone who finds it will be rewarded
– with sudden enlightenment!
Well, when you
put it that way … though comparing
Cook to Jesus is a bit much.
You might tell me why, sometime ...
Discussing a flea in my ear, then,
Have you nothing better to discuss?
There was no flea!
There was no me!
There was no cool to lose …
Oh! Cool … I
You get it or you think
you get it?
I think I get
I will ask him.
Cook, do you think they are getting
No – message, message.
No, message no good.
Massage very good.
Cook is quite right.
Give yourselves an abhanga massage
and take the rest of the day off.
May we not ask Cook a
They can be asking anything until
the crows come home. But it is all a
Which is what?
Oh, do you really think so?
Relatively speaking. This is what we
are being told.
This, also, is what I am seeing and
smelling and so forth.
He can smell relativity?
Excuse me, Cook, who founded your
Perhaps you are hearing of the most
famous one, Lord Mahavira?
Well, he was – how are you saying it
Top notch chap.
Also his mother top notch.
If all of you were having her for a
mother you would not be here trying
to find out about the meaning of
You would be living your lives in
the odour of sanctity.
What did Mahavira do?
What did he not do?
What is he not doing all the time?
OK. What did he not do?
Nothing that he did not do.
What does Jainism mean, exactly?
It is coming from ‘jina’ which is
We are conquering the woes.
All the woes.
You are seeing me wearing a mask in
the kitchen? This is not for
No. Not at all.
It is for keeping out the flies.
A Jain is not swallowing a fly.
What is your view of the universe?
It is coming and going.
Now I am thinking it is going.
But it will be back.
You believe in the transmigration of
souls, I believe?
There are many different categories,
nigoda – these are
without the senses, you see? Then we
have beings having just the one
sense – touch – and here we are
putting the stones, edible roots of
the tasty vegetables and such
things, you see? No touch.
Also there are beings with two
senses – touching and tasting, see?
Tasting and touching.
Our good friends the little pink
worms are crawling into this
The candle-loving moths and the
Two senses they are having, too –
and a third!
What is this?
Don’t be silly.
Answer in front of nose.
Yes! Smelling it is.
And so it goes you see.
On and on.
Are we adding another sense?
The wasp and the mosquito – also the
wily scorpion, which we do not find
here in Ireland but he is very much
existing, did not Sai Baba step on
him – all with sense of what?
And all of you people are belonging
to the category of the five senses.
Could I come back as a scorpion?
In your case I am thinking a goat.
Don’t be thanking me.
Be thanking your good self.
Goat, pig, scorpion, human, what
does it matter as long as you are
What do you think of Krishnamurphy’s
You don’t have to answer that!
Is that what he is calling it now?
It is just having a name.
A new name.
It is not my cup of chai.
Then again, we mustn’t be condemning
because, as I say, it is all a
What Krishnamurphy means, as far as
I am gathering his methods, is that
spiritual anarchy is the dynamic
We must be bringing down the
government of ego!
We must be storming the bastions of
lethargy, custom and habit.
We must know ourselves to be awake
and declare it with an overflowing
But for me, you see, the storming
of bastions is a crude metaphor:
the supreme religion is non-violence
ahimsa parmo dharma.
This is the crux.
The heart of the matter.
All is hinging on this.
Yes, the core.
How are you having an apple without
And Tagore, he is saying it, too, in
a different way, ‘There is no higher
religion than that of sympathy for
all that lives.’
This is what he is saying and this
is pure Jainism. Even though he is a
Bengali intellectual, always
painting and composing songs and so
forth and winning Nobel Prizes with
the help of Mr Yeats and all that.
But he is immaculately correct in
this matter of sympathy.
Not so much God and ritual and all
that – which is often causing
violent headaches –
no, simply no more
no more violence.
Which is why we are not swallowing
This is the essence of your
We are having modern scriptures as
well as old scriptures you know.
With many old scriptures, people are
scratching their heads all of the
time or throwing them out with the
bathwater – not the heads, the
Sometimes I am feeling it would be
good to be throwing out the heads
What is the meaning of this and
Who is saying what?
Because a lot of these gods and
demons and treatises and sutras and
what are you having, all are
relating to another cultural
background, you see, and another
We are adding to our scriptures.
Atma-Siddhi by Shrimad
Rajchandra, for instance. He was not
a prophet in the wilderness, wearing
the loincloth and eating the
locusts, you see.
Which is also bananas – because it
was not locusts but carob.
Anyway, we mustn’t criticise.
Shrimad Rajchandra was a successful
Tops! But this did not matter.
He saw the most precious jewel of
Top notch fellow, hopped into the
world in 1868. Taught Mahatma Gandhi
all that is worth knowing. And
hopped off again.
Understand what this hopping is all
Do not hop in if you don’t know how
to hop out.
So, you have come here, to this
place, for Self-Realisation?
Atma-Siddha says this:
Kashaay ni upashaant taa maatr moksh
Bhave khed antar dayaa te kahiye
You wish I am translating this
shloka for you?
I will try.
But it is difficult.
I learned my English from an Irish
nun, Sister Assumpta, and my syntax
is not without sin.
But the heart is immaculate, in so
far as I am seeing.
Sister Assumpta was teaching me a
I am remembering this now.
Bitter sweet I am telling you.
Christmas carol, and it wasn’t even
‘The first Noel the angels did say
was to certain poor shepherds in
fields as they lay …’
And for a long time I am speaking
English like that. Here is the
‘One in whom passion has subsided,
who is only desiring liberation,
For whom rebirth is sorrow, who is
having compassion in his heart, he
is the true candidate for
We must be awake to this.
Thank you, Cook! That was pukka!
Excellent translation too, I might
Ripe fruit, Krishnamurphy.
That is all.
Ripe fruit falling into my hands.
I am only passing it on again.
Any more questions?
I am having one for you!
What is this Spiritual Anarchy of
The heart is already brimful with
divine love, is it not?
But it requires an act of
understanding and an act of will to
subvert the ego –
and even the biological identity
in order to allow the heart to rule,
spontaneously, with loving kindness.
Then I too am becoming a spiritual
Cook, in my country –
What is the country of your origin
The United States of America.
I have heard of it. But it is not
I beg your pardon?
Do you own it?
No … of course not.
It will be very good to own less and
Be like Mahavir.
He is ending up with nothing.
Not even the cloak on his back.
Naked as a frog.
You have a question?
Well, yes … as a matter of fact.
Matters of fact are not always
matters of fact.
to my question actually. In my
country – that is to say, in the
USA, there is a raging debate going
on between creationists and
evolutionists. What is your stand on
There are too many raging debates
People are not learning anything
Silence is needed.
Anyway, one group is looking to
The other is looking to
Judaeo-Christian scriptures, yes?
It is my belief that both science
and scripture are evolving.
They may well evolve to the point of
almost meeting. And then they are
going their separate ways again.
You are a Christian?
You must read Teilhard de Chardin.
He was a priest – a Jesuit –
but he also knew a thing or two
He could see something spiritual in
I see. So neither science nor
scripture are fully developed at the
What matters science?
What matters scripture?
What matters is the eternal soul –
not the karmic vehicle it may have
now, or might have had in the past.
Many creationists are racists.
They cannot conceive of an immortal
soul occupying a hairy ape.
It is a cosmetic argument they are
The evolution of a jaw-bone is of no
What matters is the ascent of the
This is a cosmic matter – not
But the soul
of an ape – if it has a soul – is
not the soul of a human, surely?
You are knowing this? For a fact?
You have seen the soul?
You are seeing enough souls to be
comparing them all?
Suppose there is only one soul.
Then this one soul is in everything.
Hairy ape too.
Ape’s brain is different.
But ape’s spirit?
You have seen ape’s spirit?
Of course not …
When soul is occupying man, so to
speak … or when man is occupying
soul … when man is ensouled at birth
… the greatest longing is for the
soul to awaken to its own divine
intelligence, its timeless origin in
divine love – limitless, undivided
love that was shining forth before
dinosaurs were plodding through the
thickets and roaring their heads off
all over the place.
himsa – the violence
– all the sorrow of this world is
coming about through the frustration
or the neglect of Self-Realisation
as soul. In such a state of
frustration and neglect, how is it
possible to see the soul in another?
Impossible, except fleetingly in a
smile, in a bride’s kiss, a mother’s
embrace, in the echoes of a poem.
So, external wars, internal wars,
all of these are boiling down to one
thing: a lack of utilising the
spontaneous creativity of the
awakened soul – the soul awakened to
The soul was not created – the
creationists are stuck in a time
warp about this and the very concept
of the soul is meaning little, of
course, to a lot of the
Now, once you understand that the
soul is ever-existent, then your
life is changed utterly – the focus,
the meaning, the intensity of your
life suffers a sea-change. You
become the ocean that you always
were and always will be.
Seaweed-flavoured Ocean Soup for
lunch then, Cook?
It will be giving me the rarest of