Today we are talking about something very serious. It is the cause of all tragedies, the cause of all our pain, the cause of all our degradation, inferiority, depression, unfulfillment, unhappiness. Whatever negative is in your life, this one thing is the cause of it. It is called a complex. We all are the by-product of complexes.
The child in us never grows up, and the child in us has a very strong creative complex. That is why when we are sure, we are not sure; when we are right, we are not right. Some people have no roots. The complex of a child is so powerful. About ninety out of one hundred people just crawl their whole lives whether they have the best or worst environments.
We have never learned to overcome our complexes. "I have white skin." It's a complex. "I am brown." This is a complex. "I'm American," is a complex. "I'm a German," is a complex. "I'm a person," is a complex. "I'm a human," is a complex. "I'm a doctor," is a complex. Everything in life is boxed into a complex, and everything is a certification.
Actually, those who do not have complexes are those who live by the virtue of their soul, all the time. It's a mental process, with no diversion. If we believe, "I'm a spirit, I'm among the spirits, I am from the Great Spirit, I have to merge in that Spirit," all problems shall be solved.
"I am blond, I am brunette, I am a woman, I am a man, I am black, I am yellow, I am pink, I am Japanese, I am French," I don't know. "I'm Spanish, I'm a gringo. I'm a redneck, I'm a blue neck, I'm a pink neck. I'm a lesbian, I'm gay, I'm straight, I'm a hetero. I'm a prostitute, I'm a pimp, I'm a holy man. I'm divine. I'm religious." The whole thing is garbage. Total. It's called “Mental Garbage.” Really. Honest to God. It's not untrue. You may not like what I'm saying, and saying it chokes me up. What an unfortunate humanity you are.
The tragedy is you live by complexes, and you don't recognize them. You don't. You are so stupid, arrogant. You are an arrogant mammal. Will you ever learn the reality of you, that you are just a spirit—always were, are, and shall be? You can understand it when you see that when you die, the spirit leaves, yet everything is intact. You know what dies with you? Your complexes.
What is your purpose in life? To axe your life? What are you—choppers? Why can't you just be fine with a fun living smiling spirit?
Just before I came here, I was yelling and screaming—I was the Administrator—making decisions, shifting, doing. Wow, you should have seen me. When I was there, I was there, and I knew what I had to do because that is how the spirit guides me. Now I am here. Did I bring papers, notes? I am here as I am here. There's no need for me to have a victory. I am the victory.
Man without a complex is nothing but a living victory. It is as simple as that. You can never win. Every day you win, every day you lose, every day you have problems, every day you eat your own garbage. For God's sake, stop it. Doesn't it stink and smell? You have to eat your own dirt? Are you so sick? Don't you know you are pure, you are positive, you are spirit, and you have nothing but to be? To be, to be. And the light of your spirit you share, you glow and glare, and you have fun.
You have physical, mental, and spiritual complexes. You have even put your spirit into complexes. This is the most funny, most idiotic, most insane thing I have heard: "Oh, I am an old soul, he's an old soul, he's my soul mate." And they screw each other. Can you believe this soul-mate business? Souls have started screwing. God bless America, this great country! When I heard that, I said, "Wow, we've had it."
"This is my soul mate. I want to marry her." Souls marry? Souls don't marry. They don't. Really, they don't. Souls don't marry, and souls don't mate. Souls have no mate. Everything is a soul mate. The entire existence is one soul, as there is one sun and there are a million rays. That's how it all is. And there's no complex, therefore no reflex, therefore no impulse. When a human acts under impulse, as a mammal, as an animal, that human shall never be redeemed. You have to act under intuition. If that is not developed, then you have to act under your spirit. Nanak said that the safest thing is: "Act just with your spirit." Just be. Be to be, because you have been gifted to be. Don't try to drift and create a rift.
You know, the funny part is, when we are young we live in our second chakra. Some have a tendency to start living in the first chakra. Well, sixth and seventh are your chakras, too. Why don't you live in them? It is all you. If you can live in the basement and the first story, you can also live on the sixth and seventh stories. But you don't want to live in the sixth and seventh stories, because you will not find mosquitoes and flies there. They can't go that high. Your meanness, your ugliness, your untruths, your lies, your hookery business, when you come to the sixth center, they won't work. Therefore, you can't go there. You have been a human and how can you act as an animal? By impulse.
How can you deal with everything in life with a complex? It'll be judgment, and judgment is not good. That's why you always like to put on make-up and try to look beautiful, try to look this way and that way. Because you are worth nothing. You are a worthless creature. You know it. You have no value. You never value yourself, why should anybody else value you? So, you add your value. (YB demonstrates a person doing different poses, as if they have different hats on, different clothes on, different make-up on.)
You think you have to do something. No. You have to do nothing. Because you have come from nothing and when you have come from nothing, nothing has made you something. Just be that, and you will be honored. And once you are honored, you will be loved, you will be respected, you will be desired, you will be admired. All that you want, you'll get. But you won't get it without being what nature made you to be. If you betray your Maker, time and space shall betray you.
Call yourself anything, be anything, label yourself with anything. But there is no identity for you, except your spiritual identity. There's no grace in you but to learn. There's no achievement other than to become learned. There's no power but to share what you have learned with all and everyone. Share with compassion—you'll be compensated, and you shall have no complex. Then all that is there shall come to you; then you don't have to go to anybody.
Isn't that so simple? Didn't God make everything for a human—environmentally, physically, psychologically, biologically, and personally so simple? And you make it complicated. Why? You have complexes. Why a complex? Because you never know who you are. It's very simple.
Somebody asked, "How can I get rid of the complex?"
I said, "Make one complex: 'I am the Grace of God. I am the Will of God. I am God.' If you're going to make a complex, make it a big one, so all can be contained."
We all have to learn to be real, and our reality is that we are the spirit. We're born by spirit, we live by spirit, we die when spirit leaves. Our identity is nothing but our own spirit; our life should be nothing but our spirituality; and our existence should be nothing but our own reality. Everything else is a complicated affair in which we put ourselves in prejudice and jeopardy. You could put on all the make-up in the whole world, but the One who made you knows better.
There was one girl who said to me, "I don't like my nose."
I said, "What is wrong with your nose? It's so good, it fits well."
"Oh no, I don't like my nose. I have to get a nose job done." So she spent six thousand dollars to get her nose job done. Nose got done.
After about two months she came and asked me, "How does it look?"
I said, "Ridiculous."
I said, "Because it is not your nose."
"Oh no, you are prejudiced."
I said, "Yeah, I am prejudiced. But it's not your nose."
I said, "It's not your nose."
"What do you mean about 'why'?"
"Oh, because you know people appreciate me."
I said, "People don't appreciate you. And the doctor didn't appreciate you. Tell your doctor that he has to re-nose you."
I said, "I'm telling you. Aren't you finding difficulty breathing at night?"
She said, "Yes, but he said it'll go away."
I said, "No, it will increase. You will not breathe."
Six months later she had to go for a major operation, huge, humongous. She came back. She said, "How does it look?"
I said, "Worse than before, but at least now you'll breathe."
I said, "Did they put tubes in your nose?"
She said, "Yes."
I said, "See?"
"But why did it happen to me?"
I said, "You had a normal nose. Your nose was a straight nose. That straight nose had the direct ear contact with your pituitary. The moment they cut that nerve you were finished."
"What will now happen to me?"
I said, "Un-standard sleeps, headaches, and sometimes your head will eat circles." (YB demonstrates a person who's head is rolling around in circles on his neck.) She is still alive, and all those three things are true.
Somebody got his ear fixed. Now he has a problem. He hears like a dog. He hears all the high frequencies. He can't even drive a car. If a police car goes by with its siren on, he has to pull over to the side and stop the car.
Get this "job" done, that "job" done. Doctors are a help. They diagnose. But God made you. If you don't like yourself, kill yourself. What is the idea of being yourself? The idea of life is to be, to be. You can live with your ego and say, "I don't like myself. I want to like myself this way, that way." It's fine. God likes you the way He made you. Did He consult you? Did God have a session with you, face to face, as when you go into college and work with your college advisor, and ask, "Okay, come sit with me. Hello, how are you? I'm sending you to Earth. What're you going to be? How would you like to be?"
And you said, "This, this, this."
And He said, "No, I'll give you this."
Was a contract signed? Was it?
Class: No, Sir.
YB: Then what are you doing here? He sent you here and you want to forget that fact? You created these complexes to help you forget it? Aren't you ashamed of being human?
When I came to the United States people told me: "Oh, you need money. Oh, you need to be able to drive. Oh, you need this. Oh, you need your social security number."
I said, "Am I a dog that I need a number?"
"You have to have it."
I said, "They will send it. Don't worry about it. What I have to have, God has to send to me. I'm not going to go and get anything. He's going to give me everything."
You know that first lecture I gave? The Art and Science of Liberation? (Find this lecture in the Resources section.) Get that paper somewhere. It was a great lecture, organized by the YMCA. So many people came—that is, I came and my driver came—it was fun. I gave a full lecture, even though they advertised the wrong date, and he tape recorded it. The next day all the people came, and there was no me, no lecture. But they did play the tape. Everyone loved it. We have printed it so many times. It's the very first lecture we printed in the United States.
You don't need make-up; you don't need to make up for anything. You are known by your spirit. You shall project out by your radiance. You shall be loved and honored by your excellence, or stupidity, or by your ignorance and arrogance, as the case may be. The art is to be smart. To be smart is to be small, which can contain all. Write down this formula: