There is a saying in French, “L’habit ne fait pas le moine.” Roughly translated, it says, “The vestment does not make the monk.” A priest in Kerala was caught for his moral transgressions, recently. Just as that wasn’t enough, we have a repeat in Mysore.
In the first place, why is there a need for a monk? Why is there a need for a monastic life? Why be divided between this and that? Why live a life of either deprivation or over indulgence? Why to live a life of pretense?
Aristotle, speaking about moral behavior, had said, “Virtue is a golden mean between the two extremes both of which are vices! Therefore, there lies the need for all humans to find their own ‘golden mean.’ Key to a meaningful life is ‘Balance’. All religions profess the same thing. In Gita, Krishna tells Arjuna, “Yoga is not for one who eats too much, or eats too little, sleeps too much or does not sleep enough. What He meant was, “Nothing in Excess.”
To borrow from GB Shaw, “Self-denial is not a virtue; it is only the effect of prudence on rascality.”
If you are natural, you are spiritual: Conversely, if you are not natural, you cannot be spiritual.
By OSHO (Blog,reproduced)
The traditional concept of man was that of a materialist or spiritualist, moral or immoral person, sinner or saint. A divided man is miserable. He is neither healthy nor whole; the other half that has been denied will go on taking revenge. It will find ways and means to overcome the part you have imposed upon yourself. You will become a battleground; there will be civil war. Only a fulfilled tree will flower.
Man is yet to flower. The new man will be earthy and divine, worldly and otherworldly. The new man will accept his totality and he will live it without any inner division, without getting split. With the new man will come a new world, because the new man will perceive in a qualitatively different way. He will live a totally different life. He will be a mystic, poet and scientist — all at once.
My concept of the new man is that he will be Zorba the Greek and he will also be Gautama the Buddha. The new man will be Zorba the Buddha. He will be sensuous and spiritual — in the body, yet with a great consciousness, a great witnessing.
Religion failed because it was too otherworldly. It neglected this world. To neglect this world is to neglect your own roots. Science has failed because it neglected the other world, the inner, and you cannot neglect the flowers.
We now need a new humanity in which religion and science become two aspects of one human being. And art will be the bridge. That’s why I say that the new man will be a mystic, a poet and a scientist.