The Devastating Herd Instinct

So, friends step back and think, that is the intellect. And when you have an intellect, you can control your mind. And when you control your mind, you control your life. That’s all it is.
So self-management is the intellect controlling the mind. 

And why we don’t think? Can anyone tell me? Why do we not think? Why don’t human beings think?
Because we are led by this animalistic urge in us called the herd instinct. You understand herd instinct? You do what everybody is doing. You can’t think for yourself.
If I ask you why did you go to school- say what a stupid question! Everybody goes to school! No, but why did you go? You don’t have an answer to that!
Then what did you do? I went to university. Why? After school everybody goes! My father went, my uncle went, my brother went. I also went.
Then what did you do? I got a job. Why?
What do you mean why?
Then what did you do?
I got married – yes, I accept that’s a mistake, I should not have done that! Other things I don’t know.
Everything is herd instinct.
By the time you are six or seven, you say I am Christian, I am a Hindu, I am a Muslim. On what basis does a person say that?
Does anybody analyze what is their religion? What does it mean? And all over the world they are willing to kill just because people belong to a different religion.
And that’s my real subject. That’s not the subject for today. If I ever have time, I will put it up on the board and tell you how all the masters and all the religions say exactly the same thing. What are you fighting about?
I don’t know- herd instinct. That’s what is destroying everybody, this herd instinct.
You know- I came across a frightening quote by Adolf Hitler. Just see what it means is herd instinct. What he said.
“What luck for rulers that men do not think”. (slide)
One person could the whole thing into a frenzy, because nobody thinks. This is a quote by Hitler. I came across it recently.
“What luck for us rulers, that men cannot think”. Cannot think.
So, this is the devastation of the herd instinct.
See, Emerson said that, you know- you all have heard of Emerson, the American philosopher.
He said “There is nothing rarer in a man than an act of his own”. What it means is-when I first heard this, I could not understand what he is saying. He is saying there is nothing in you which is your own. Everything is what others are doing.
So, friends step back and think, that is the intellect. And when you have an intellect, you can control your mind. And when you control your mind, you control your life. That’s all it is.
So self-management is the intellect controlling the mind.