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One does use meditation as an escape. One uses everything, as an escape.
One uses meditation, in precisely the same way, as one uses sex, or any other means of getting away.
One will have ‘a little’ of it, one does not want ‘the whole’ of it. A little of it, ensures continuity of the ego. A little of it implies that one could have the healing touch, and yet remain what one is, yet continue with one’s ways. That much, is acceptable to the ego. But only that much, not beyond that.
Liberation is alright, as long as, it is a second of liberation. Peace is alright, as long as, it is five minutes of peace. But, if silence threatens, to take over the entire life, if peace starts dominating noise, to the extent that noise might be completely annihilated, then the ego rejects.
The ego wants Truth, but only a modicum of Truth.
The ego wants peace, but only a sliver of peace.
The ego is foolish.
It’s first priority is always, it’s own sustenance.
So when, the ego will enter meditation, it will enter false meditation, it will enter limited meditation.
Because you are disturbed, dull, restless, after the entire day’s soul-sapping routine, in the night, you use sex as an entertainment, as a relief, as a getaway. Using sex as a relief, enables you, to wake up the next morning, and again continue with your routine, and then again hit the bed in the night, again use sex as a dissipator, again use sex as a temporary healer, and then again go back to the same shop, same work, same office, same society, same people, same routine, that disturb you.
Sex, Meditation, Prayer, God – in that sense, all of them, just are used by the ego, as enablers.
They enable the ego, to continue, as it is.
One does, what one does the entire day, and then in the evening, one wants to atone. One goes and confesses. It might be an evening, or it might be a Sunday in the church. One goes and confesses. Or one would write a letter of guilt, confession, admission, to a teacher. One would say that I wasted the entire day. One would say that I am a lousy man, an evil man. And all that confession in the evening, enables one, to conveniently again embark the next morning, on the same beaten path.
That is how we work.
We exploit even the highest.
The ego is an exploitative being. The ego is a stupid being. It exploits the one, it ought to surrender to. It goes to the ocean, and asks only for two drops. And it thinks it is being quite clever, in asking, just as much as it can hold.
Sex is a window. Organised meditation too, is a window. Every moment in life, is a window. But the ego is scared of free, open, unlimited space. It would have only as much of the sky, as the window would allow. That is why one is so agreeable, to the five seconds of peace that orgasm brings, but one is not agreeable to Samadhi, because Samadhi is infinite peace.
One wants customised Samadhi. One wants temporal Samadhi. One wants Samadhi that can be used and exploited. One wants Samadhi, that would not be a total and final dissolution. One wants Samadhi,that one can be on the top of. And that is why, one never gets Samadhi.
And that is why, that which is so easily available, and one’s innate nature, remains elusive.
Instead of trying to know your genuine calling, just remove all the options that are there in your mind. Just remove them. Now, that appears so dangerous. You will say, “I am anyway not able to figure out when I have four options, how will I figure out, when I have zero options?” But that is the beauty of the game.
With four options, all you get is – confusion.
With zero options, all you get is – direction.
When four options are causing confusion, the solution will emerge, when you remove all four. Remove all four, and now you are free to know. Now, a decision will arise from your freedom. As long as these four options are available, there is no possibility of any kind of solution.
That is the thing with questions. They have preset answers, ready with them. The question already decides the scope of the answer. And when the question has pre-decided the scope of the answer, then the answer cannot dissolve the question. Then the answer is just a continuation of the question. And the question is a problem. So the answer then, is the continuation of the problem.
Remove all the options that you have.
See that you are just newly born.
See that you have no experiences.
See that you can decide on a totally clean slate.
That totally clean slate, is called ‘the Self’, or ‘the Atman’.
And now see what is possible for you.
As long as you keep deciding, from within your existing priorities,
you will only get that, which is anyway already existing in your life.
Choice can happen, only when there are no choices.
The real thing that you want, may lie outside the domain of your choices,
the whole set of your choices.
The only thing that determines whether time, or money, or any other resource available to you, is wasted, or properly utilised is, whether it aided your liberation.
Anything that contributes to your liberation, is a thing, well utilised.
Anything that impedes your liberation, is a thing, badly wasted.
Good or bad?
Depends on what you are using it for.
Depends therefore on, who you are.
This establishes one relationship between the center, and the expression of the center.
What is that relationship?
That the One that you are seeing, is the servant of the One, who has sent him. That this world, is not really separate from the Lord. It is related in the same way as, a servant is related to the world.
“The world is a servant, sent by the Lord, the Master, the Truth.”
Now, if you really are surrendered to the Lord, then an expression of the surrender is, that you worship even the servant of the Lord.
India has worshiped, the creation, as very intimate, to the creator.
So intimate, that they cannot even be differentiated.
All that Jesus is saying is: “Do not worship anybody, except the Lord. Do not worship anybody, except the Truth.”
Hinduism has said: “All of this comes from the Truth. So where do I go to worship the Truth? And having realised that all of this is sent by the Truth, I will worship all of it, without distinction. I will worship the tree, the animal, the stone, the leaf, the dung, the mountain, the air, the water, the hurricane, the man, the woman, the child, the old one.
Without exception, India has worshiped everything, because everything is coming from ‘there’ – the Truth.
Hinduism sees this world, the entire world, with all it’s diversity, as a letter from the Beloved.
Now, the Beloved can’t be kissed. So, the Hindu kisses the stone.
The Beloved can’t be kissed, so the Hindu kisses the river.
That does not mean that Hinduism believes in many gods. Of course, the Truth is not even one, let alone many. The Truth is a great void. But it manifests itself variously. And all aspects of the manifestation are divine. They have been worshiped.
If you worship one particular form, of course, you are taking just one idol, and sticking to it. And that is false. But what if, all forms, the form itself, the universe itself, reminds you of That?
What would be the quality of that mind, that looks at the river and is reminded of the the great void?
What would be the quality of that mind, which looks at a child, which looks at a nude woman, and is reminded of nothing, but the Truth?
To take one body as divine, is ‘idol worship’. That is why, thinking of Jesus as a body, as a son of God, is ‘idol worship’. Now you are taking one body as divine. But when all bodies are divine, that is not ‘idol worship’. Now it is something else. It is beyond the realm of mind, because you are not even putting any conditions. Now you cannot condemn it.
Getting attached to certain forms, is indeed condemnable.
But seeing the divine, in every form, is another matter.
When idol worship is condemned, it is rightly condemned, because ‘idol worship’ means, giving one form, the position of God. ‘Idol worship’ means – this woman is so important. She is the idol. ‘Idol worship’ means – a man, a woman, a thought, a concept, something has become very important to me. So important, that I am worshiping it.
Now, this is heresy. Instead of worshiping the one God, you are worshiping something limited. Instead of worshiping the limitless, you are worshiping the limited, which would cause suffering to you. So, rightly idol worship is condemned.
But when, everything is worth worshiping, then you can no more call it ‘idol worship’.
To see God everywhere, there must be, first of all, God in the heart.
When God is in the heart, then your eyes open only to see God everywhere.
And when God is not in the heart, remember, you cannot see God anywhere.
Then, you will not see God, even in the Prophet of God, even in the Son of God, the Messenger of God.
Those who will see godliness, will see godliness, unconditionally. And those who will not see it, will not see it anywhere. Even if the very son of God is standing in front of them, they will not see godliness.
When you are not seeing godliness in the bird, in the puppy, in the stone, in the air, in water, how will you see godliness in the face of Christ?
Because you are the seer.
When the center is godly, then everything around you is godly.
And when the center is not godly, then you can only crucify Christ.
Now, what is more surprising: that intelligent, empowered students, are all following the trend, or that a few break away? Breaking away should be the norm, breaking away should be the trend. Breaking away should not be the exception.
But I have seen, not only as a matter of principle, but actually practically, that unfortunately it so happens, that we become even more constrained, limited, in our decision-making, because we have been empowered with an elite degree.
If life has given you power, use it to blossom.
Use it branch out.
Use it to express all your creativity.
Do not feel pressurized.
Do not feel limited.
You are not obliged to follow the trend.
You must, first of all, try to gain maximum clarity, as to what is right. And then, the only remaining task, is to commit yourself wholeheartedly, to what is right.
Know what is right.
Do what is right.
Nothing else matters.
One could have been forgiven, had one been totally in the dark. Had one not known at all, what to do. But, if you know, and still do not ‘do’, then your life itself is a punishment. You would be leading an incomplete, and compulsorily blind life.
A man, with eyes, who has been forced to act blind, his suffering is limitless.
Just because something is intangible, it does not mean that it is valueless. It only means that it’s value is subtle. Something may have a gross value, (referring to a bottle kept on the table, in front) this may have a gross value, but there are other things that have a subtle value. Things like Joy, things lie Understanding.
I can hold this bottle in my hand, I cannot hold understanding in your hand. You cannot hold love in your hand. You cannot hold clarity in your hand. Just because there are certain things, that are not material enough, to be formed, to be weighed, to be experienced through senses, it does not mean that they are valueless.
You are right now listening to me. Even ‘listening’ cannot be held like this bottle. But then, if you are listening, you very well know the value of listening.
All education, all civilization, all progress and advancement, is for welfare.
And what is ‘welfare’?
That which gives man peace.
Spirituality too aims at welfare. And what spirituality can accomplish, the other fields of human endeavor, cannot.
So, it becomes obvious now, why one can move into the field of understanding life, if that can be called ‘a field’, at all. Life itself is the field, because it is a terrific field, because it is the most important field. Because that work is more important, than the work of an engineer, or a manager.
Science addresses only that, which is measurable, numerable, experiencable, perceivable through senses.
And there is a lot, that involves human welfare, but cannot be the material subject of any science, any technology, any mathematics.
That must be addressed, otherwise, science will remain blind.
Otherwise, the products of science, the entire area and produce of science, will be channelized, only towards devastation.
A ‘Temple’ must definitely, have elements, that elevate your consciousness.
Being at a place, being with elements, being with people, being with structures, being with sites, scenes, sounds, that remind you of the beyond, that take the lowly consciousness to a high point, where it becomes receptive to signals from the sky.
That’s a ‘Temple’.
The aspect of elevation, is central.
‘Temple’ is a place, where you are elevated.
If you are not being elevated, the place is not a ‘Temple’.
And, if you are being elevated, in some place, that place is most definitely a ‘Temple’.
So, ideally, today’s temples must be great centers of learning. Temples must be spiritual universities. A ‘Temple’ cannot be just a place, where there are some stone carvings, and such things. Real Education must have to be imparted in temples. That’s elevation of consciousness.
Temples have to be centers of, not only scriptures, they must also be centers where education is imparted in arts, and sciences. Because, unless you are scientific, it will be very difficult for you, in today’s age, to be really spiritual.
In a temple, there must be a center of contemporary studies, where one is taught about all the current worldly issues.
A ‘Temple’ must really be a university, in purest sense of the world.
Great creativity, must arise out of a ‘Temple’.
A ‘Temple’ must be a place where great ideas must be discussed.
A ‘Temple’ must be a place of great conversations, and healthy debate.
Great scholars from all directions, and dimensions, must converge in the ‘Temple’.
When people go to a ‘Temple’, they must return enriched.
So when consciousness is raised, only then it becomes capable of transcending into the mystical dimension. Consciousness, under the burden, with all its shackles, cannot fly away, cannot gain freedom, from the worldly entanglements.
First of all, it must gain clarity, with respect to the world. When there is clarity and knowledge, with respect to the world, only then there is a possibility, of going beyond the world. So, a temple, must first of all, be a place of knowledge, then a place of learning, and then a place of mysticism. It has to be a composite thing.
The mind is already too eager to gather news from here and there, like a very suspicious old man – what is happening, where? It needs rest, not more news. Because any bit of news, any bit of information, that comes to it, would only be mis-utilised. And it already has millions, and trillions, of Terra-bytes of information.
Could that do any good?
Isn’t it far better, to just forget everything? Why add to your existing and overflowing repository of information? Just forget everything, and be engrossed in rest. Ignore these things, they belong to the body. The body will take care of them: eating, walking, sleeping. If you start being observant about every step that the body takes, you will go mad.
A saint has never, never been known to be the one, who is observant about these minor microscopic things in life.
The saint’s heart is elsewhere.
He in fact, ignores these tit-bits, called ‘daily life’.
That observation is inner. Not the observation of the food you take, and the steps you put, and this and that. The observation there is, just this – “Am I with the beloved or not?” There is just one thing, that you have to watch out for. It doesn’t matter where else I am. It’s either a zero, or a one. One, if I am with ‘him’. Zero, if I am anywhere else. It doesn’t matter where I am.
You are born with a purpose.
The purpose is your primary concern. Otherwise, why are you alive?
You are born to get rest.
You are born to get freedom from your restlessness.
And therefore, that is what you must be fully occupied with.
That is your central mission.
‘You’ as a ‘person’ are not a very important carrier. That which carries, is the total stream of mankind’s consciousness.
What you do in your life-time, has gone to many, many, many.
Through every single action of yours, you are impacting the entire mankind.
In other ways, you are responsible for forming the mind of entire mankind.
In turn, your own mind, is being formed by the entire mankind, because you are an active recipient as well.
If you are impacting the mind of the mankind, always you are also impacting, even the form of the mankind. That’s how it happens. Otherwise, all that is ‘personal’ about you, gets burnt down in funeral pyre. There is no way, something can get carried forward from there. All is reduced to smoke and ashes. Nothing remains. But, what you have done in your lifetime, that remains. And that is going to affect all future generations.
Whatever one person does, impacts the consciousness of entire mankind.
And that is how re-birth takes place.
Re-birth is taking place every moment, because I might do something just now, which may cause you to transform. Now, haven’t you been re-born? That’s re-birth. And, you have been re-born, not because my soul entered you. You have been re-born, because the Truth transmitted to you, via me.
Mind only knows movement. Mind does not know anything called ‘stillness’, or ‘stopping’. So we may find it tempting, to talk of stopping the mind. But the moment yo usay, “Stop the mind,” you have started a new action.
Do you get this?
The moment you say, “Stop the mind,” you have just started a new action. Now it doesn’t matter whether you want to make the mind ‘do’ something, or whether you want to make the mind come to a pause. Essentially, you are doing the same thing. You are ‘doing’. Essentially you are doing the same thing, which is that you are ‘doing’.
In making the mind run to a particular place, you are ‘doing’ the running.
In making the mind stop, you are ‘doing’ the stopping.
So, this stopping is no stopping, and hence all attempts of stopping the mind, or stilling the mind, are necessarily going to go waste.
For the mind, even ‘silence’ is something, even ’emptiness’ is something. Even ‘nothing’ is something. So, language is not very useful here. Language may lure us into believing, that we are stopping the mind, but all that we are doing is that, we are still ‘doing’.
That is why, methods that aim at stopping the mind, tricks, techniques, that all fail, because they are all actions.
And no action is going to lead to non-action.
It is possible to keep chanting a particular phrase, for hours and hours, for many years. And that may make the mind, so exhausted and bored, that when you enter into that activity repeatedly, it just stands in one place, out of frustration and boredom. But that does not mean, that it’s tendency to run around has stopped.
The moment it gains favorable conditions, it will again start running. That is why effects of traditional meditation, do not last. That is why you have to repeat the practice, over and over, and again and again.
How can peace rise and fall?
Peace, by definition, is an absence, a nothingness.
If you have to exert yourself, again and again, in order to retain your peace, it only proves that it is not peace at all.
It is some kind of enforced silencing, of the mind.
So, first of all, one has to drop this belief in one’s capacity to silence the mind, or even in the concept of a ‘silent mind’. There is nothing called ‘a silent mind’. There is something called ‘Silence’ which is beyond something-ness, which is an absolute, which cannot be used as an adjective, to describe something else.
You cannot have a ‘silent mind’. Mind, when silent, dissolves in the Silence. All that remains is Silence.
Silence and Mysticism, Spirituality and Mysticism, they are one.
They go together.
And Mysticism, is about being comfortable, with the unknown.
Not having that urge, to be in control.
Not trying to be a master of your destiny.
“And it is not even about forbidden. It is not as if I have the capacity to enter it, and I have been just outlawed from there. I do not even have the capacity to enter it. I do not even have the capacity to imagine entering there. I do not even know what lies there. I do not even know whether actually, there is any place called ‘there’.”
This, crudely, is the beginning of Mysticism.
There, you do not claim to be knowledgeable.
There you do not claim to be the doer, or the master.
There you just submit yourself.
How do I know?
Just by enquiring.
Just by seeing.
And this ‘seeing’, is very simple, very straightforward.
So, no real action has to be taken. You know, you do not really need to ‘do’ something, or go anywhere, or actively negate your thoughts. You just have to be little more thoughtful, conscious, and it becomes very clear that – “O! It happened there, and it is effecting me ‘here’.”
The more clearly you see this, the more frequently you see this, it starts becoming awkward then, to let your control remain somewhere else. It won’t be very nice, right? Every second minute, you are realising, that the world is controlling you, through a remote system. Does it remain pleasant? Would you feel nice that way?
But we all, the people around us, the entire world, allows that to continue, only because, we are not present to that fact. We do not realise that. That realisation itself, is liberation. Nothing else needs to be really ‘done’. It is kind of a slight, kind of an insult, to frequently keep on seeing, that my strings are being pulled by the world in all directions. And whosoever pulls my strings, succeeds.
One might be there, trapped in some kind of enclosure, practically a jail, without ever knowing that he is trapped, that he is a de-facto slave. And then, he starts seeing that, where he is, every single thought and action, is commanded by somebody else.
At the psychological level, this is instant freedom. You see that you are being commanded, and you are free from the command. However, that does not mean, that physically too, he will become instantly free.
Whatever is physical, is a result of time, comes from a process, that extends over time, and hence, the physical manifestation, also takes time.
The very fact, that you have known what it means to be ‘foolish’, will not allow you to be foolish once again.
Foolishness is not merely a concept for you.
You have been through it.
Been there, done it.
“Yes, I know idiocy. I have been the most stupid one, and I don’t want to be there again.”
The growth of wisdom, is a parallel aversion towards stupidity. Not only personal stupidity, also the stupidity of the world. When you look at others, and you see them caught in the same tangles, as you once were, you quickly identify the situation. You say, “I know that.”
The moment you say, “I know that,” two parallel things happen. One – you are full of disdain towards what is happening currently with the other one, and you are full of gratitude that you could be rescued.
No relation, no compassion, no identification, with the old self, remains possible anymore. Not only that, the change that has happened, keeps you vigilant, and keeps you open to receive more change.
You keep growing, stupidity will keep reducing.
Beauty is not merely a happening. Beauty is a a parallel fascination for the happening. Beauty is the love for the happening. Who wants to return to ugliness? Who can un-see, what he has seen? Beauty is a very stubborn thing. It makes you resistant to ugliness. You can no more be welcoming, you can no more be tolerant.
You dis-identify so completely, that you are no more shy of talking of your old days. You talk of yourself of the old, as if you talk of another wisdom. That’s wisdom. You do not hide your shortcomings. You mention your faults aloud. And mentioning your faults aloud, you do not even say that now you are perfectly free of faults.
One remains alert, like a cancer survivor. One starts valuing his life, even more. This life is a gift now. “On my own, I had destroyed it. By virtue of grace, I got a new birth. I can’t squander it anymore. I can’t go back to my old ways.”
The more this feeling remains, the more this realisation remains, the more your life gains in beauty. The more your life gains in beauty, the more you despise ugliness. You cannot have a relation with ungodliness now. You can’t even force yourself.
It’s a dynamic departure. It is not some kind of marginal, incremental change. The rowing away, away, away, and gone. You are not wandering here and there, nearby.
You can calm the mind, and believe that ‘you’ calmed the mind, you can calm the mind, and believe that ‘you’ calmed the mind, and in the process, cause greater agitation to yourself.
There is no method, except ‘surrender’ – direct, unconditional surrender.
If you know that your mind is calm, because the body is feeling better, and ‘you’ are the one who did something to make the body feel better, then that is just an extension of the ego.
The real happens, never, due to your planning, or your effort.
Because the real never ‘happens’.
It is already there.
It does not need to ‘happen’.
It is the only ‘happening’, how can it happen anymore?
The Truth won’t come to you, because you tried this way, or that way.
It comes to you, because you see the futility of all your actions.
From morning to evening, whatever you are doing, when you see the futility inherent in them, that is the Truth.
And mind you, from that Silence, great action emerges. It is not as if, no action would happen. Your heart would come to ‘no action’, and the body and the mind would act vigorously.
A ‘Spiritual man’, cannot be a saint, who does nothing but eats all day, and keeps getting fat. And then everyday in the morning, he lectures for two hours. A ‘Spiritual man’, is an intense actor. He does not live as somebody, who has nothing to do with worldly concerns.
Kindly get rid of the image of the saint. In fact, if you come across any such person, who does nothing, except lecturing, and is getting fat, out of lecturing too much, then avoid him.
The ‘Spiritual man’ is a warrior.
He is one, who belongs to this world.
He is one who partakes in the concerns of this world.
He lives life fully.
It is not that he has shed all experience. In fact, he has become more open and sensitive to experience – this happiness, this sadness, this pleasure and pain.
He is the man of the earth.
Truth is not about renouncing the world of something. The man of Truth, I repeat, is a man of great action. And if you see someone, whose life is dull, lukewarm, incapable of action, then you should just know that his life has not been touched by the Truth.
Truth makes you go wild.
It does not allow you to sleep.
The dance of Truth, is a mad dance.
It is a dance of the destruction.
It is a dance in which you come alive!
One knows the Truth, only in these simple, daily experiences of everyday living. And if you have blocked-out these everyday experiences, then how are you in touch with the Truth anymore?
Your words must come out of your life, not out of some book or something. You should have gone have gone to the market, you should have seen something there. And then you should be talking, from there.
When Kabir Sahab talks, he makes the entire world, his instrument. He uses ‘thread’ as a metaphor, he uses the ‘loom’ as a metaphor. He uses the ‘color’ as a metaphor. He uses the ‘selling’, as a metaphor.
It is very difficult to defeat someone, who is prepared to give up everything, for victory.
This is ‘tapas’.
You defeat someone, not because he is weak.
You defeat someone, when he wants to protect his weaknesses.
It is not your weaknesses that defeat you.
It is your fondness towards your weaknesses, it is your protective attitude towards your weaknesses, that defeats you.
If you are prepared to give up everything, if you are prepared to give up all your tender spots, your weaknesses, you would be very difficult to be defeated.
The final fulfillment, the final victory, that we had been talking of, would then be yours.
It is normal to be weak.
But it is not alright, not acceptable, to be protective towards your weaknesses.
Finding them is alright. protecting them, is not.
To concentrate, is to allow something worldly, to occupy you fully. To concentrate, is to allow something worldly, to occupy you fully.
Concentration has something worldly, as your goal.
Meditation, or ‘dhyaan’, is to have ‘the Beyond’ as your goal.
Now, ‘the beyond’ as the goal, is beyond the capacity of the mind.
Therefore the mind, has to necessarily start with concentration.
Concentration, plus discretion – a good recipe for meditation.
Concentration, without discretion – devastation.
Show me consciousness, devoid of content. So, thought is consciousness. Show me thought devoid of content. Tell me that you are thinking about nothing. When you think, don’t you think about an object? So, is there thought without object? Try thinking object-lessly.
So, consciousness is nothing, but it’s own content.
You cannot have anything called ’empty consciousness’.
‘Empty consciousness’ is – ‘No-consciousness’.
Consciousness, does not like a vacuum.
Because consciousness is objective, therefore like the objective world, it abhors vacuums.
There is no point talking so much about consciousness, because consciousness is conditioned. Even if you bathe, teach and decorate a slave, he won’t become the master. Why are you so busy talking about the slave? Why are you so busy attending to, and glorifying, and investigating about, the slave?
If the slave troubles you, the trick lies in going to the Master. And once you are with the Master, the slave will fall in line, on his own. And that’s where, the intellectuals are missing the point, the psychologists are missing the point.
They too talk of consciousness, the psychologists, the intellectuals, even the neurologists, – they all talk of consciousness. And they are busy, looking at nothing, but the consciousness. The slave is behaving erratically. A mean slave, who has come to acquire bad manners. And what are all the intellectuals, and psychologists doing? They are trying to teach the slave, a few good manners.
What does the Mystic do? He ignores the slave. The Mystic has nothing to do with the slave. He goes right to the Master. And once you are with the Master, one look of the Master is enough, to discipline the slave. That’s the trick the intellectuals have been missing.
All psychology keeps talking of mind, and consciousness. What they don’t talk of, is the Lord. They are so afraid. Truth and Mysticism are an anathema to them.
If the mind were smart enough, to understand itself, and it’s rubbish, why would it stay engaged in rubbish? But you don’t see this obvious fact. You want the mind to understand the mind, knowing fully well, that that which you want to understand, is stupid, and that is why you want to understand it.
You see, man is more terrified of psychological death, than physical death.
And the psychological life, is the life of the ego.
The foundation of consciousness, is awareness.
Pure consciousness, which is ‘zero consciousness’ is – Awareness.
However, that does not mean, that to be aware, you have to give up on consciousness.
Being aware implies – not identifying with consciousness.
Awareness, and Truth, are one. So, not very far back. Just one step behind. Just one step behind. You are standing on the edge of the cliff, behind you is an abyss. Just one step behind.
Close your eyes, and take a step backwards.
Taking that one step backwards, is therefore, so impossible to most people. Because the every dimension changes. You can take innumerable steps forward, and the dimension remains the same. But behind, is an abyss. That one step, will not allow you, to remain the one you are.
The Earth will change. The very physics will change. Your very station will change. You will change. That’s why, that one step, is the most difficult thing in the world. And the saints, therefore, have gone on wondering, that why is the Lord so inaccessible, when he is always so close-by.
Now, you see why He is so inaccessible?
Where is He?
Just one step behind.
But you are standing, on the edge of the cliff.
And your eyes are always looking at the ground, not at the abyss.
However, you are instinctively aware, that there is no ground behind you.
So taking that one step backwards, is impossibly difficult.
Birds, animals, trees – nothing is ever poor. Nobody needs to go out, fight, earn, save, secure the future. Not at least as much as human beings do. Nobody has as much knowledge, as human beings have, and yet it is only the human beings, that are dying of starvation, of poverty, of war, and of ten other things.
So, where does poverty come from?
Poverty is not at all natural.
Poverty is just the dual opposite, rather the dual partner, of greed.
If a few humans are seen begging, it is not because there is something wrong with them. It is not because they did not go to schools and colleges. If you pay attention, it is really because, there are few handful of other humans, who have out of their greed, hoarded all the resources with them.
When all the resources have been taken over, by just a few individuals, is it not obvious that starvation will be there, and rampant poverty will be there?
It is only human beings, that collect, hoard, and that they glorify as ‘savings’. And why is that so? Because there is deep security in the human mind.
Poverty is of two kinds – absolute, and relative.
Absolute poverty is when your basic needs are not being met. Absolutely, not many of us are poor, because our basic needs are being met. We have food, clothing, shelter. But, relatively, each one of us, is very-very poor. Each one of us, lives in a complex, that we have lesser money compared to somebody else. And that is why, there is this thirst to acquire more and more.
We have not seen rabbits, and lions, and elephants, die of starvation, because they don’t wear a tie and go to offices. In fact, they are so healthy. They live their full, natural life. They don’t get heart-attacks. They don’t suffer from aids and cancer. They don’t have to go to psychologists to get treated for depression, unless they are in contact with human beings.
So, who gives poverty to you?
Does existence give poverty to you?
It is the society that gives poverty to you. And even if, absolute poverty is eradicated, relative poverty would always exist.
Because that is the nature of our culture, of our education, of all training and conditioning.
Poverty is the companion of riches.
There cannot be riches, unless there is poverty.
The idea must have some worth, the idea must have some weight, the idea must have some gravity. Otherwise, you will not be able to make the idea your life. Otherwise, you will not be able to live, eat, breathe, sleep, by that idea.
Mark the words, “Take up One idea.”
That one idea has to be about ‘The One’.
It has to be an idea, that is arising from ‘the One’.
This idea has to be an idea of the Immense.
And you cannot really have an ‘idea’ of the Immense.
This idea is something arising from the Immense.
You must, of course, give yourself, a goal. But, that goal, has to be so total, that it totally possesses you. It consumes you. If your goal is smaller than yourself, then very soon you will find, that you are on top of your goal, in the sense that you are the master of your goal, even without achieving it. And hence, you substitute your goal.
Let the goal decide you.
Let the goal be on top of you.
Let the goal own you fully.
That is possible, only when the goal is – God.
That is possible, only when, the goal is – Totality itself.
As long as, the goal is not tremendously big, life has no real purpose.
If your goal are small, they are no goals.
You will be frustrated, if you do not achieve them.
And you will be doubly frustrated, if you achieve them.
Give yourself a goal, that is – ‘the Final One’.
Give yourself a goal, after which, no more goals will be needed.
Give yourself a goal, after which the goal-setter, himself would be no more.
That goal can only be, of your total annihilation.
Normally, when you have goals, you go to the goal, to gain something. You go to the goal, to succeed. The mark of the ‘Real Goal’ is – when you reach there, you will not be gaining something, you will just be losing. And you know that, the movement to that Goal is, a movement to a loss. So, you are being made an idiot, and yet you move to the Goal. That goal has to be so enchanting, so enamoring.
Unless you are completely owned, enamored, you will not allow yourself to be looted, and destroyed.
The ‘Real Goal’ dissolves you along the journey.
And you know that you are being dissolved.
You know that you are paying a price, every step you take.
If your goal, gives you something, dump that goal. Real success then, is your total failure. You have totally failed, in preserving yourself. You wanted to preserve yourself, and you totally failed – that is ‘Real Success’.
Only a ‘real goal’ can give you ‘real success’. False goals, will give you a false failure. And worse still, false successes. False successes, are worse than false failures.
Matter turning into light – sublimation.
That is the purpose of life – burn fast.
Turn into light, and disappear.
Don’t carry a lot of wax, a lot of fat, a lot of material.
Burn it fast! Burn it fast!
You were born with a lot.
Buddha and Mahavir, the great ascetics, they traveled all their life. Even Guru Nanak made voyages, long distance travels – the east, to the south, to the west. That’s one kind of travelling, in which you are already full of Joy, and you are travelling to disseminate that Joy. You are travelling, so that, even others may have that Joy.
And then, there is the traveling tourist. The average traveler. What does travel give him? Some consolation. Some very feeble support, to enable him to carry on, his otherwise wretched life. Once a year, twice a year, he saves money to travel, and not much comes out of that travel, because he is not internally complete.
Even the earth, discloses it’s real treasures, only to the spiritually accomplished ones.
To the spiritually accomplished one, the earthly living itself, is heavenly.
And that would also tell you what is ‘hell’.
The one who is not spiritually accomplished, to him, the earth itself is ‘hell’.
The ‘Spiritual Joy’, does not come at the cost of earthly joy.
In fact, there is nothing called ‘Spiritual Joy’.
All joy is earthly, because all Joy is to the one, who is the product of the Earth.
No Man, no Joy.
The one who is Joyful, is always an earthly one.
Spirituality is Wisdom.
Spirituality is deep Intelligence.
Spirituality is to give up the inferior, in the favor of superior.
That which you call as ‘earthly pleasure’, definitely has something, which is worth rejecting, worth dropping. Therefore, Spirituality, is to drop incomplete, costly, ephemeral pleasures, in favor of an ending pleasure called ‘Joy’.
‘Spirituality is the art of absolute hedonism’.
The common man, he satisfies himself with bits and pieces. Some crumbs here, some crumbs there – of little bit of happiness, of little bit of pleasure. The monk, the spiritual seeker, he says, “Nothing doing. Not only I want happiness. I want happiness Absolute.” He is ambitious. He is very-very greedy, you know. Because he is very-very greedy, so he tells you to shun normal greed. Because he is absolutely greedy, so he tells you, “Do not be a little bit greedy.”
Spirituality is Absolute greed. Spirituality says, “I do not want anything small. I want now, only the infinite Ultimate.”
That’s spirituality – to have the highest happiness, and have it right now.
The highest, right now, right here.
The lazy one, does a lot. The lazy one is lazy and inactive, only externally. Internally, he is very active.
The ones we call as ‘lazy’, are not lazy at all. They may not move their limbs, but their minds are very active. Absolute laziness, is a supreme virtue. Sages like Ashtavakra have sung greatly in praise of ‘Divine laziness’.
‘Divine laziness’ is – a total stopping of all movement.
Coming to that point within, where nothing moves at all.
There is one mind, that appears to be inactive, but is very active within.
There is another mind, that appears to inactive, but is totally composed, still, silent within.
Which one do you want?
That is the art of living – to be totally active outside, and be totally active within.
In that sense, the Self, the Atman, is supremely lazy.
It doe not ‘do’ anything. It is just a watcher.
By virtue of it, everything happens. But, by itself, it does nothing.
In it’s presence, everything happens. But it is never the doer.
Can one live like that? Acting, yet not acting.
You are acting, and yet not acting, when you are unconcerned with the fruits of the action. If you are not acting, with a particular result, or future in mind, then you do not become an actor, in spite of acting. Now, you are just acting. Just acting. Why? No reason. Reason means, a perceived profit, which will come, in the future.
You can never be conscious of the ‘present moment’.
You can only ‘be’ in the present.
All consciousness, is ‘in’ the present.
You can never be conscious ‘of’ the present.
The present is like the vast sky.
How can it ever be contained in your consciousness?
The ‘present’ is that sky, that contains everything, and yet is untouched by anything.
Only when you do not take your will seriously, then you let the will of the universe, flow through you.
When do you know the will of the universe?
Only when it expresses itself through you.
It is not about the plans. It is about ‘the planner’.
Do not be too concerned, too identified with the planner.
If you take the planner seriously, then you make the planner, your master.
We take that planning mind, the ego mind, very seriously.
We let it dictate terms to us.
Let the planner be surrendered to the Truth, and let it keep planning. What else will it do? The mind is a monkey, it can only hop around. Let the mind be surrendered. ‘Surrender’ is the key word. In that surrender, you are free to plan.
Not the plans, it is the planner, that is the burden.
Keep your head down, and let your head plan then.
Just keep it down.
Keep it down, and then let it plan, think, run around, and do all kinds of stupidities that it wants to do.
Be controlled, and then control as much as you want to.
Be the perfect servant, and then you are the Master of everything.
Bow down to the One, and then you will never need to bow down to anybody else.
That which you are seeking, is the one who is enabling the seeking, within you, sitting within you.
You have not lost anything.
You cannot lose That, even if you want to lose it.
You cannot God, even if you try your best, to lose Him.
Put in as much effort, as you want to.
You will not succeed.
Where there is desire, there is conflict.
It is not about marriage, it is about desire.
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