Always go with the river of life. Never try to go
against the current, and never try to go faster than the river. Just move
in absolute relaxation, so that each moment you are at home, at ease, at
peace with existence.
Existence is god called through love, provoked through
love. The moment you become capable of prayer, existence becomes god. The
moment you become capable of deep love, life becomes god. It is a
transfiguration of the same energy.
Existence always cares about you. If you are authentic,
if your search is true and you are not a pretender, time will help you,
will cooperate with you. Time from existence`s side, and patience on your
Lu-tsu says, `Accept the situation you are in. It must
be the right situation for you; that`s why you are in it.` Existence cares
for you. It is given to you not without any reason. It is not accidental;
NOTHING IS accidental. Whatsoever is your need is given to you. If it were
your need to be in the Himalayas, you would have been in the Himalayas.
And when the need arises, you will find that either you go to the
Himalayas or the Himalayas come to you. It happens… when the disciple is
ready, the Master arrives. And when your inner silence is ready, God
arrives. And whatsoever is needed on the path is always supplied.
Existence cares, mothers.
My effort here is to help you to feel that existence is
not indifferent towards you. It is deeply concerned about you, it cares
for you, it loves you. and when one feels loved and cared for, one is
capable of loving and caring. when existence pours its love into you, you
start sharing your love with others. You become so burdened with love that
you have to share. You cannot contain it, it is uncontainable. It starts
Mind moves through the opposite and existence is
unitary. Existence is ADVAITA, existence is non-dual — there is no
problem. Where is the boundary of the day, when the day stops, ceases to
be, and the night starts? Is there a gap between the two? Only if there is
a gap then the boundary is possible. But there is no boundary! The day
simply melts into the night, it merges into the night, and the night again
merges into the day. Life is one, existence is one — mind is dual. So if
you go on choosing you will never come to the source. Then you will cling
to life and you will be afraid of death. Then you will cling to love and
you will be afraid of hate. Then you will cling to the good and you will
be afraid of the bad. Then you will cling to God and you will be afraid of
Think of God as the friend. There is no need to think
of God as far away, distant; that creates difficulties. Think of Him as a
friend who is walking by your side, following you like a shadow, who cares
for you, who loves you and who needs you as much as you need Him. That is
the meaning of a friend. The need is not one-sided: it is not only that
you need Him — He also needs you. You are incomplete without Him and He
is incomplete without you. That is the meaning of friendship: you both
complement each other. This whole existence is interdependence. This small
blade of grass is as significant, is needed, is required, as much as the
greatest star. There is equality.
Only the childlike consciousness is capable of
understanding all that is beautiful in life, all that is great in
existence. And the whole existence is full of greatness, full of glories.
This is the only existence there is; its beauty, its truth, is the only
beauty and the only truth. But they are available only to the innocent
people. Blessed are the innocent, for theirs is the kingdom of God.
Love also represents the innermost core of existence
itself. Existence is not indifferent to you, it is not detached. It is
committed to you, it cares for you. It may not care the way you want to be
cared for, but it still cares in its own way. And what you expect may not
really be your need, it may be just the opposite. Existence really
fulfills your needs — not your likes and dislikes, not your wants, but
your real, true, authentic needs are always taken care of. Existence
cannot be indifferent to you: you are part of it. To be indifferent to you
will mean it is indifferent to itself — that is impossible. Existence
would have disappeared long ago if it was so.
Mind is dual, it always divides things into polar
opposites: the conqueror and the conquered, the observer and the observed,
the object and the subject, the day and the night. It goes on dividing
things which are not divided. Neither is the day divided from the night,
nor is birth divided from death. They are one energy. But mind goes on
dividing everything into polarities, opposites. Nothing is opposite in
existence; every contradiction is only apparent. Deep down all
contradictions are meeting together.
The whole existence is surrounded by a divine energy
that protects you, cares for you, is always available. If you go on
missing it, it is only because of you. If you keep your doors closed, the
sun may be outside but you will live in darkness. Even if the doors are
open and the sun is there, you can keep your eyes closed and you will
still live in darkness. So is the case with god: his love is always there
but our hearts are not open, our hearts are closed.
The master is already merged into existence. Merging
into the master you are really merging with existence itself. The master
functions only as a door, and a door is an emptiness; you pass through it.
The master is the door to the beyond.
Existence cares. When I say God cares I mean that
existence cares for you, it is not indifferent. Let this be the foundation
of your sannyas and then the temple can be raised very easily. It is easy
to raise the temple once the foundation is rightly put. This is the
foundation stone: remember that existence loves you, cares about you, is
concerned about you; that you are not alienated, that you are not a
stranger, that you are part of this great symphony, this orchestra, this
celebration that goes on and on and knows no ending.
There is nothing in existence available without
payment. If you want to know yourself, you will have to drop all false
identities. They are your investments, they are your power, they are your
prestige, they are your religion, they are your qualifications. It is
difficult to drop them; it feels like death.
Jesus says: `Love thy neighbor as thyself` — again and
again. And he also says: `Love thy enemy as thyself.` And if you analyze
both the sentences together, you will come to find that the neighbor and
the enemy are almost always the same person. `Love thy neighbor as
thyself` and `Love thy enemy as thyself.` What does he mean? He simply
means: don`t have any barriers for your compassion, for your love. As you
love yourself, love the whole existence — because in the ultimate
analysis the whole existence is yourself. It is you — reflected in many
mirrors. It is you — it is not separate from you. Your neighbor is just a
form of you; your enemy is also a form of you. Whatsoever you come across,
you come across yourself. You may not recognize because you are not very
alert; you may not be able to see yourself in the other, but then
something is wrong with your vision, something is wrong with your eyes.
One can be blissful only if one understands this
fundamental law of life, that god is our protection, that we are not
orphans, that we are not accidents, that existence cares for us, that
existence showers love, that existence is absolutely concerned about our
welfare. Once this is understood, not only intellectually but
existentially, once this is felt, once this becomes your own experience,
life takes an absolutely new turn. One starts feeling blissful for no
reason at all. Whereas before misery existed and persisted for no reason at
all, now bliss exists for no reason at all. It is the same energy that was
becoming misery because we were feeling alone, separated, afraid of this
vast existence, struggling on our own with a small energy against the
whole, knowing perfectly well that we were doomed to fail. That is why
people are miserable.