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The law of reverse effect is: there are things which 'ou can have but because you are .trying to get them, you will not be able to get them. It is like when you want to fall asleep in the night. You try all kinds of tricks but you· find that you cannot befool yourself - sleep is n. And they have a hierarchy - the feet cannot become the head. So whatever you are, you cannot change, you cannot transform yourself. You have to accept your fate - this has been the teaching for thousands of years.And the result is this miserable humanity.This is the conclusion of all your. religions and all your prophets and all your saviors. This is what they have done, this is how they have saved you. They don't seem around too much nowadays - perhaps they have saved you completely! They may have gone to save somebody else on some other planet, some other star.
These saviors existed because we wanted somebody else to do this work of spiritual growth for us:. "Somebody else should do it." Nobody else can do it. It is your freedom to be miseI:able 'or to be blissful, to remain in darkness or to live a iif~ of light. This is the prerogative of human beings.The saviors are cheating you. To say to somebody, "I :ll'll1 goin~);t~ save you," means that the person stops his 'sear~h and' becomes only a shadow. He follows you.And remember, existence does not accept carbon copies; it needs the original. You have to take the whole responsibility for your life.And it is not a burden.
And when I say forget yourself, don'~ misunderstand me. Don't start emphasizing the fact of forgetting yourself - that will spoil the whole thing
Anything that goes against nature.is against religion, is against spirituality, is against your ultimate welfare. So just listen to your nature - and your nature goes on telling you, but we are deaf. -I have heard.... In Tibet, two Buddhist monks were passing through the marketplace. One monk was very greedy. In fact, because of his greed it was suggested he renounce the world and become a monk; otherwise, Your future is going to be nothing but hell." He listened to many saints, tried many times, but again and again he thought about all the possessions he had collected, and he ~nt on postponing. One day the master called .him and said, "It is enough. Now I cannot wait; I am going to die tomorrow. Now you decide." Under such compulsion - it was almost blackmailhe got initiated, renounced the world. But that does not make any difference.The greed is inside you, not in the things. , So now it became attached to new things. He started collecting other things, with new names. He started collecting ancienf scriptures. .. .Both monks were passing through the market where there was so much crowd and so much bargaining and o much noise... and somebody's coin fell and he heard the sound. He said to the other monk, "Did you hear it?I just heard the sound of a coin falling on the road." The other monk said, "You are a miracle! In such a maddening crowd ... just the sound of a coin? You managed to hear it? You have to forgive me, I don't have that much sensitivity." They both went to the master and told him about the incident. The master said, "It is not insensitivity on your part - he is too sensitive towards coins! Even in a IllaJh~t, the sound of a coin... he knows no other music." Don't go against nature.
All that you know is this small life, and in tIlls small life you know two things: the misery and the pain oflife, and ways and methods of forgetting that misery and pain. That you call your amusement, entertainmentgoing to a movie, to a circus. These are your ways to forget your life. There you became engaged for two or three hours in. a different world.
For the enlightened person, everything that is going on around him is a circus. There is no need for him to purchase a ticket - his problem is how to get out of the circus! He does not want to go to the movie, he wants to get out!But wherever he go~s.. . .Just think of Gautam Buddha i~ Bombay.,...It is not difficult to infer why these people have declined to happen. Why no more Gautam Buddhas, .\1ahaviras, Bodhidharmas, Zarathustras? Where have all these tremendously beautiful people disappeared to?Why are they not more available to us?Because humanity has grown so much - just in the proportion. . . .In India there were only two million people in the time of Buddha. Now there are nine hundred million people in India. Just looking at the proportion, at least a dozen Buddhas are absolutely needed!But that,kind of person has disappeared - and he has . appeared because what you call life he has found to be nothing but slow death. And he has found the real life.Once a person finds the real life, why he should come nack into a ~iserable world?But your question is relevant. You feel afraid that :itting silently for thousands of years is going to be difficult.But yon don't know tha~ if you are silent, time stops.There are no more ten thousand years, ten million years, . othing. Just a simple now.When mind is s¥ent, time disappears because mind . time.ow you are worried that in life there is so much -rama, and the enlightened man ... what is he going to -0 for eternity?What drama you are talking about?
One idiot slipping on a banana peel? And everybody starts laughing.,. this is not compassionate. Even if that man is a banana, he has every right to slip on a banana peel. He is not harming anybody, just doing some special kind of yoga. But why are you laughing?Your life is full of sadness and you are in search ...wherever there is a possibility to laugh, some sadness is thrown away, some burden is thrown away. Certainly, ~n enlightened person will not be laughing. There is no need. The laughter is needed because of your sadness, it is an antidote to sadness. The enlightened man is so blissful... and remember, blissfulness is not happiness.That's where things always become confused.Happiness is momentary: on both sides of happiness there is unhappiness.Blissfulness has no opposite to it, there is no such thing as "unblissfulness." There is only blissfulness, and that blissfulness is not dependent on anybody else or anything outside the enlightened being himself.His source of bliss is within his own being.He is shining, radiating vvhat he has experienced.And the more he shares it, the more it goes on growing.Time has no existence for him any more. .He lives in the moment. And he lives so totally and so intensely that there is no space for any sadness or any misery to enter.But don't ·decide anything before experiencing at least a little sample. Experience a little meditation and it will be the answer to your question. Because one day you will find that you are sitting silently and so joyful, for no reason at all.The moment one becomes enlightened, one becomes blissfulness, one becomes benediction. Time and space both disappear.He becomes one with the whole.
Then stars are within him, flowers are within him, skies upon skies are within him. Then birds on the wing are within him.Right now everything is outside you.Enlightenment brings everything inside you.It spreads you far and wide, to infinities. Many such questions will arise, but don't just intellectually think about them. Otherwise, you will be missing the real juice of life.Experiment.Your questions should come out of your experiments; then they will be existential and they will be of immense help for your growth.