If we remove ourselves from the world, we are pretending that we can follow our own individual enlightenment and let the rest of the world go to hell, so to speak.
I grew with it, and I used to go to see the monks, who had no possessions, even more extreme than my mother.
I think writing about unhappiness is probably the source of my popularity, if I have any-after all, most people are unhappy, don’t you think?
If you can kill animals, the same attitude can kill human beings. The mentality is the same which exploits nature and which creates wars.
With slight risk of exaggeration you could say that he walked almost every mile of the Indian land.
I wouldn’t mind seeing China if I could come back the same day.
One was a book I read by Mahatma Gandhi. In it was a passage where he said that religion, the pursuing of the inner journey, should not be separated from the pursuing of the outer and social journey, because we are not isolated beings.
We then came to the Soviet Union. One day we were walking and carrying our banner and distributing a few leaflets in Russian to people, and we met two women on the road.
I can’t understand these chaps who go round American universities explaining how they write poems: It’s like going round explaining how you sleep with your wife.
I was pursuing the inner path at the expense of the rest of my being and the rest of the world.