Man with his knotty head can be so cruel can do disastrous things. He is definitely capable of peace, the same mind can be doing disastrous things and the same mind is also capable of peace. And when there are too many knotty things going on is when one wants peace. When do you talk about peace? When you are not peaceful. When do you talk of success? When you are not successful. And why Buddha talked about non-violence? Because, there was violence during his time. Why Jesus was talking about love because there was no love in that place. So there is always something opposite.
Man is capable of both sides. To be spiritual is to choose to go beyond the opposites, success and failure, happiness and sorrow, good and bad. Because good is also a knot success is also a knot, and new knots keep coming. As long as you have a knot there is a problem. But something as plain as a cloth you cannot say anything. Once your mind has become like that, others may call you successful. They say you are very successful because you always look content and happy. That is the sign of a successful man. The world will tell you are this you are that, but you know inside you are not successful nor that are you a failure. That is what should eventually happen, where you do not consider yourself to be anything. No more knots in the head, just free. That is the goal. You are just like the plain sheet of cloth without any knots.
Excerpts from discourses on Bound to be Free (2010)