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The Birth of Metapsychology

The Birth of Metapsychology




Transpersonal psychology seeks to explore the needs and aspirations that go beyond self-actualization and humanistic psychology, according to Assagioli. I have heard you speak of a psychology of the buddhas; is this the same thing as Assagioli is talking of?

     They cannot be.
     Transpersonal psychology still remains psychology, still remains concerned with the objective, but the psychology of the buddhas is not really a psychology because a buddha is born when the psychology disappears, when the mind disappears.
     The psychology of the buddhas is not objective, it is absolutely subjective. It can happen to you but you cannot watch it happen to somebody else; there is no way. You can become a buddha but you cannot understand a buddha.      Even if Assagioli sits by the side of a buddha for thousands of years he will not understand anything unless he becomes a buddha. You cannot observe it, you cannot watch it from the outside because it is such an internal phenomenon, it is so deep inside, it is the very inside of being. All that you see will be nothing but a behaviouristic standpoint.
     Yes, you can see that the buddha is silent, that he seems to be very graceful; you can see that he is less angry, or not angry at all; you can see a thousand and one things – but still you will not be seeing buddhahood itself.

     When I talk about the psychology of the buddhas one thing to be remembered is that it is not really a psychology. I have to use words. No word is adequate for it but I have to use some words, but always take them with a pinch of salt. It cannot really be called a psychology.
     Psychology presupposes a mind, and a buddha is a no-mind. Psychology presupposes that the mind is functioning, thinking, planning, worrying, imagining, dreaming – and a buddha has no dreaming, no planning, no worrying, no thinking. He simply exists. He exists like a rock, like a tree, like a river...with just one difference, a very tremendous difference. The difference is that he exists without mind but full of awareness.
     The psychology of the buddhas is the yoga, the discipline, the inner journey, the science – or whatsoever you want to call it – of knowing that there is something inside you that can only be known through going there, through being there. No other way, no other approach is possible.
     Assagioli goes on talking.... He is far better than Freud because at least he brings some vision of synthesis to psychology. Freud is analytical, analysis is his method. Assagioli brings a synthesis. But this synthesis is not what buddhas talk about. This synthesis is a synthesis put together.
     The psychology of the Buddhas is not a synthesis, it is a non-analysis. Let my emphasis be clear. Assagioli is synthesis, Freud is analysis; the psychology of the Buddhas is non-analysis: no dissection, otherwise we will go on changing arguments but we will remain in the same boat.

     The psychology of the buddhas is a totally radical standpoint. One has to go into one's own consciousness without dividing it, without analyzing it, without judging it, without evaluating it, without condemning it, without saying anything about it. Just go into it and have a feel of it...what exactly it is.
     The whole mind has to disappear, only then will you become aware of what it is – because the mind goes on creating ripples on the surface, and the mirror remains disturbed and the mirror goes on distorting. When the mirror disappears completely the mind disappears completely, and then there is pure silence, nothingness, satori, samadhi. That samadhi is the non-analytical state of your being. That is your primal state. That is what God is.
     Assagioli still comes closer to Buddha than Freud does – but not very close.

A lady walked into a bar with a parrot on her shoulder. It kept saying, "Guess my weight, guess my weight."
A fellow barstooler asked the lady what the meaning of that was and she replied, "Guess my parrot's weight and you can come home and sleep with me."
The man looked at the parrot and jokingly said, "A hundred pounds."
The lady grabbed him by the arm and said, "Come on, lover, that's close enough!"

     That's how close Assagioli is to the psychology of the buddhas.

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