Foreword: The Fragrance of Freedom

Creativity is the greatest rebellion in existence. If you want to create you have to get rid of all conditionings; other­ wise your creativity will be nothing but copying.
You can be creative only if you are an individual.
The creator has to go alone;

My effort is to destroy the col­ lective mind and to make each indi­ vidual free to be himself or herself.
What you see as humanity is only a very hocus-pocus phenomenon. Un­ less we give individual freedom to Fore wo rd each person, absolute freedom to each person to be himself, to exist in his own way.

as far as your life is concerned you have to live it on your own terms.
Then only is there creativity. Creativity is the fragrance of in­ dividual freedom.

A creative person is one who has insight, who can see things nobody else has ever seen before, who hears things that nobody has heard before— then there is creativity.


When a person is really healthy and whole, crea­ tivity comes naturally to him, the urge to create arises.


the first C is consciousness, the second C is compassion, the third C is creativity.

Consciousness is being, compassion is feeling, creativity is ac­ tion. My vision of the new human being has to be all the three simultaneously. I am giving you the greatest challenge ever given, the hardest task to be fulfilled. You have to be as meditative as a Buddha, as loving as a Krishna, as creative as Michelangelo, Leo­ nardo da Vinci. You have to be all together, simultaneously.
You can attain a very high peak if you are one-dimensional, but you will be only a peak.

One has to be meditative but full of feeling, overflowing with love. And one has to be creative. If your love is only a feeling and it is not translated into action, it won’t affect the larger humanity. You have to make it a reality, you have to materialize it.

These are your three dimensions: being, feeling, action. Action contains creativity, all kinds of creativity—music, poetry, painting, sculpture, architecture, science, technology. Feeling contains all that is aesthetic—love, beauty. And being contains meditation, aware­ ness, consciousness.


Even if you want to relax, it will be impossible if you have not observed, watched, realized the nature of your activity, because activity is not a simple phe­ nomenon. Many people would like to relax, but they cannot. Relaxation is like a flowering, you cannot force it.
why you are so active, why so much occupation with activity, why you are obsessed with it.

Action is not activity; Action is when the situation demands it and you act.
Activity is when the situa­ tion doesn’t matter, you are so restless within that the situation is just an excuse to be active.
Action comes out of a silent mind—it is the most beautiful thing in the world. Activity comes out of a restless mind—it is the ugliest.
Action is when it has relevance; activity is irrelevant. Action is moment to moment, spontaneous; activity is loaded with the past.
Action is creative. Activity is very destructive— it destroys you, it destroys others.

Try to see the delicate distinction. For example, you are hun­ gry, then you eat—this is action. But you are not hungry, you don’t feel any hunger at all, and still you go on eating—this is activity.
Of course you cannot go on eating like this because then you will burst, so people have invented tricks: they will chew tobacco or gum, they will smoke cigarettes.

A man sitting and chewing gum, what is he doing? He is killing somebody. In the mind, if he becomes aware, he may have a fantasy of murdering, killing—and he is chewing gum, a very innocent activity in itself. You are not harming anybody—but very danger­ ous for you, because you seem to be completely unconscious of what you are doing. A man smoking, what is he doing? Very in­ nocent in a way, just taking the smoke in and bringing it out, inhaling and exhaling He is creating a mandala: he takes smoke in, brings it out, takes it in, brings it out—a mandala is created, a circle. Through smoking he is doing a sort of chanting, a rhythmic chanting. It soothes; his inner restlessness is relieved a little.

If you are talking to a person, always remember—it is almost hundred percent accurate—if the person starts reaching for his cig­ arette, it means he is bored, you should leave him now.
You cannot re­ main yourself; you cannot remain silent, you cannot remain inac­ tive.

Action is beautiful, action comes as a spontaneous response. Life needs response, every moment you have to act. You are hungry and you seek food, you are thirsty and you go to the well. You are feeling sleepy and you go to sleep. It is out of the total situation that you act. Action is spontaneous and total.

Activity is never spontaneous, it comes from the past. You may have been accumulating it for many years, and then it explodes into the present—it is not relevant. But mind is cunning; the mind will always find rationalizations for the activity. The mind will always try to prove that this is not activity, this is action; it was needed.

These are the things that George Gurdjieff used to call “buffers.” You create buffers of rationalization around you so you don’t come to realize what is the situation. Buffers are used in trains, between two compartments; buffers are used so that if there is a sudden stopping there will not be too much shock to the pas­ sengers. The buffers will absorb the shock. Your activity is contin­ uously irrelevant, but the buffers of rationalizations don’t allow you to see the situation. The buffers blind you, and this type of activity continues.

How can you relax?— because it is an obsessive need, you want to do something.
whatsoever I say will not be of much meaning unless you see it in yourself that your activity is irrelevant, it is not needed. Why are you doing it?

I would watch him: he would open the suitcase—and I would see that he was not doing anything—then he would look in it, close it. Then he would open the window, and then would close it. Then again he would go to the news- paper, then he would smoke, then again open the suitcase, rearrange it, go and open the window, look out. What is he doing? And why? An in- ner urge, something is trembling within him, a feverish state of mind. He has to do something, otherwise he will be lost. He must have been an active man in life; now there is a moment to relax—he cannot relax, the old habit persists.

Watch in yourself and see: ninety percent of your energy is wasted in activity. And because of this, when the moment for action comes you don’t have any energy. A relaxed person is simply non-obsessive, and the en­ ergy starts accumulating within him. He conserves his energy, it is conserved automatically, and then when the moment for action comes his total being flows into it.
That’s why action is total. Activity is always halfhearted, because how can you befool yourself absolutely? Even you know it is useless. Even you are aware that you are doing it for certain feverish reasons within, which are not even clear to you, very vague.

Activity is your escape from yourself.
If you are aware, activity ceases. Energy is preserved, and the same energy becomes action.

Action is always new and fresh like the dewdrops in the morning. And a person who is a person of action is also always fresh and young.
Be aware. Feel the difference between action and activity.
when the activity possesses you, like a ghost—and ac­ tivity is a ghost, it comes from the past, it is dead—when activity possesses you and you become feverish, then become more aware. That’s all you can do. Watch it. Even if you have to do it, do it with full awareness.
Smoke, but smoke very slowly, with full aware­ ness so that you can see what you are doing.
If you can watch smoking, suddenly some day the cigarette will fall from your fingers because the whole absurdity of it will be revealed to you.

Let things drop, don’t drop them. Let activity disappear, don’t force it to disappear.
when something drops by itself, on its own accord, it leaves no trace on you. If you force it then a trace is left, then a scar is left.