Don`t imitate: imitation creates falsity, pseudo-ness,
inauthenticity. Just feel your own way and don`t bother about what others
say. It is nobody else`s business. Don`t bother about what churches say,
organizations say — listen to your own heart.
Imitation has to be avoided. Understanding should be
the only law, never imitation.
The real religion is not imitation of anybody else, it
is a search to find out your own authentic self, who you are.
Don`t imitate. If you want to know who you are, please
avoid imitation, that`s a way of avoiding knowing yourself.
Imitation is very easy, and the whole culture and
society depends on imitation. Everybody is telling you how to behave, and
whatsoever they are teaching you is nothing but imitation. Religious
people — the so-called religious people, the priests, the theologians —
they are also teaching you, `Be like Jesus, be like Buddha, be like
Krishna.` Nobody ever tells you, `Just be yourself` — nobody. Everybody
is against you, it seems. Nobody allows you to be yourself, nobody gives
you any freedom. You can be in this world, but you must imitate somebody.
Never imitate. The mind is an imitator, because
imitation is very easy. To be someone is very difficult. To become someone
is very easy — all that you need is to be a hypocrite, which is not much
of a problem. Deep down you remain the same, but on the surface you go on
painting yourself according to some image.
You have to be just yourself and nobody else. And in
fact that`s what buddhahood means: to be yourself. That is what
christ-consciousness means: just to be yourself. Buddha was not an
imitation of somebody else. Don`t you think there were many many great men
who had preceded him? He must have been told, `Be a Krishna! Be a
Parshvanath! Be an Adinatha!` He must have heard beautiful stories,
mythologies. He must have read the PURANAS, ancient stories about the
great men, Rama, Krishna, Parasuram. He must have heard all that, he must
have received the heritage. But he never tried to be somebody. He wanted
to be himself, he wanted to know who he is. He never became an imitator;
that`s why one day he became awakened.
If you try to become a buddha, one thing is certain —
you will not be able to become yourself. One thing only is certain — that
you will not be yourself. And then follows the next thing: you can never
be a buddha, because you are you and a buddha is buddha. If you try to
become a buddha, you cannot be a buddha; at the most you can be an
imitation — a plastic flower, not a real rose.
People are imitative and imitation is bound to be
unintelligent. They want to do exactly the things which others are doing.
That destroys their freshness. Do things in your own style; live your life
according to your own light. And even if the same situation arises, be
alert to find a new response. It is only a question of a little alertness,
and once you have started enjoying… and it is really a great joy to
respond to old situations always in a new way, because that newness keeps
you young, keeps you conscious, keeps you non-mechanical, keeps you alive.
Don`t be imitators. The mind is an imitator, because it
is easier to play the game of imitation than to become authentically true.
Many ideas have been given to you: become like a Buddha, become like
Jesus. become like Krishna — as if you have to become everybody else
EXCEPT yourself. As if God is only against you. He`s for Krishna, for
Christ, for Mahavir, for Buddha — only against you. Then why does He
create you? Then He seems simply foolish. Why does He go on creating you?
If He`s interested in Buddha, Hc can create Buddhas. Why you?