You follow, not only political and religious leaders, but also what you read in the newspapers, in magazines, in books; you seek the authority of the specialists, the authority of the written word.
All this indicates, does it not, that you are uncertain of yourself.
One is afraid to think apart from what has been said by the leaders because one might lose one’s job, be ostracized, excommunicated, or put into a concentration camp.
We submit to authority because all of us have this inward demand to be safe, this urge to be secure.
So long as we want to be secure—in our possessions, in our power, in our thoughts—we must have authority, we must be followers; and in that lies the seed of evil, for it invariably leads to the exploitation of man by man.
He who would really find out what truth is, what God is, can have no authority, whether of the book, of the government, of the image, or of the priest; he must be totally free of all that.
A problem exists only when you want to resolve it.
I have a problem: I want to have a mind that is clear, unhurt, unpolluted, free, vital, full of beauty and energy. And I have examined, looked at it, and I see analysis, interpreting dreams, is not the way, nor is going off to someone and saying, “Please help me” or following some guru who tells me, “Forget all that, think about God.”
I see all that is of no value.
So I am left with this, and it has become a problem. And I say, Why has it become a problem?
If I can’t do anything about it, it is not a problem. It is only when I think I can do something about it that it becomes a problem.
The question is, if you change fundamentally, you affect the whole consciousness of man.
Napoleon affected the whole consciousness of Europe. Stalin affected the whole consciousness of Russia. Christ affected the consciousness of the world, and the Hindus with their peculiar gods have affected the consciousness of the world.
When you, as a human being, radically transform psychologically, that is, be free of fear, have right relationship with each other, end sorrow and so on, which is a radical transformation, then you affect the whole consciousness of man.
It is not an individual affair. It is not a selfish affair. It is not individual salvation; it is the salvation of all human beings of which you are.