Simplicity is living a life without any idea about how to live it, without any ideology. Ideology brings complexity into life.
Animals are simple, no animal is ever complex because no animal is burdened by any ideology. There is no “should”; the animal simply lives the way it feels. It has no goal to achieve, nowhere to go, but just to live the gift of life that has been given to it.
Simplicity is animal-like — the same purity, the same innocence.
One should not live through “shoulds,” one should drop all “oughts.” The isness of life is enough; nothing else is needed. Life has no goal. It is enough unto itself.
Life is not a means to some end. It is the means and it is the end; it is both. And when you are simple, you are naturally natural.
To live in nature is to live in God.
To live through a certain culture is to go away from God. The more cultured, civilized, cultivated, a person is, the farther away he is from God.
To know God one has to be in a state of primalness… just as trees live. Be simple like the animals, be natural like the trees. And if you are simple and natural you are bound to be spontaneous.
Then you cannot live out of the past. You have no obsession to be consistent with your past; you are free to live the moment. You are not somehow to make your present consistent with the past.
The person who tries to make his present consistent with the past is thought to be the man of character — virtuous, religious. He is not — he is a dead man.
If your present has to follow the past, how can you be alive?
There are two kinds of dead people: one, who is dominated by the past; another, who is dominated by the future. But both kill their present, hence both are dead.
The spontaneous man knows only one time, and that is this moment; there is no other time for him.
This moment-to-momentness makes one free, alive, total.