All your so-called religious leaders have been
promising – after your death, after two hundred or two thousand years they
will be coming back. And none of them has shown up. It is enough proof
that those people were lying. But you go on waiting for them. You are
simply wasting your time, your life. I cannot do that.
I cannot promise you anything.
I trust in the moment, in the present.
For me there is no tomorrow.
For me there is no future.
And I want you to understand that existence is always
now and here. If you want to live it authentically, intensely, then be now
and here. Use this moment to its totality. Squeeze the whole juice out of
it. Don't wait for the next moment, because who knows about the next
moment. And you are waiting for centuries, for thousands of years. This is
simply wasting the great opportunity that existence has given to you.
Life is a school. You have to learn something. Don't
postpone it till tomorrow – tomorrow may never come. Use this moment to
learn. And the only thing life wants you to learn is to know yourself, to
be yourself. Then whatever comes, you will be joyful. Whatever happens,
you will find ecstasy in it. Don't think in terms of the future; the
future is nonexistential. Only the present is.
My whole approach is rooted in the present. Hence I
don't have anything to promise you. You have to learn to live now, this
very moment, as totally, as intensely as possible. Burn your life torch
from both the ends together. That very intensity will make you afire,
aflame. And to be aflame with the intensity of life is to know what
godliness is, is to know what religion is, is to know all that
spirituality has in it, the whole mystery. There is nothing more to it.
– The Sword and the Lotus
Does a Master's responsibility towards his disciples
cease upon the physical death of the Master?
Even while he was alive he was not burdened by any
responsibility. But the disciple's mind always creates such kinds of
bondages. The disciple would like the Master to be responsible so that the
Master becomes answerable, so that the disciple can claim. 'If I am not
redeemed yet you are responsible!' This is a trick of the disciple to
protect himself and to throw the responsibility on the Master's head. And
then you can go on living the way you want to live, because what else can
you do? You have accepted Jesus as your Master, now it is his responsibility.
This is not the way to become free. This is not the
way towards nirvana or moksha. This is not the way towards
liberation. You are playing tricks even with your Master. And the disciple
would like that the Master remain in a kind of contract – even when he is
dead he has to look after you. And what have you done? What have you done
on your part? You have not done anything. In fact, you are trying to do
everything to hinder, to obstruct. You are clinging to the prison, and the
responsibility is the Master's.
Don't befool yourself.
The question is from Chintana. She has been a nun and
that mind goes on lingering around her. Christians have done that.
Millions of Christians are thinking in their minds that they can do all
kinds of things, whatsoever they want, and finally Jesus is going to
redeem them. On the Day of Judgment he will be standing there, and he
will call to all his Christians "These are my children. Come and stand
behind me." And all the Christians will be standing behind Christ, and
will enter into heaven with flying flags. And all others will go into hell
. . . obviously. Those who are not with Christ – they will go to hell.
And that is the idea of everybody. The Mohammedan
thinks the same: that only those who are Mohammedans will be saved – the
prophet will come and save them. These are stupid ideas. If you go on
living the way you are living, nobody can save you – no Jesus, no Mohammed.
You will have to change your quality of life, you will
have to change your vision, and then you are saved. You can learn the art
of changing your vision from Jesus, from Mohammed, from Krishna, from
Buddha; from any source you can learn how to change your vision. But you
will have to learn the art and you will have to practise the art. Nobody
else is going to transform you – nobody can do that. And that is beautiful
that nobody can do it. If it were possible for somebody to transform your
being, then you would have been a thing, not a person. Then you wouldn't
have any soul.
That is the difference: A thing can be made. You can
make furniture out of wood, you can make a statue out of stone, but you
cannot make a soul out of a man. You cannot create enlightenment out of a
man. If somebody from the outside can do it, that will be very very
insulting; it will be below human dignity. And what kind of freedom will
it be which has been created by somebody else? If that somebody else
changes his mind, then he can create your slavery again. It won't be much
of a freedom.
Freedom is freedom only when you have attained it!
So the first thing to be understood is: Learn from
Jesus, learn from me, learn from any other source that appeals to you. But
remember, you are responsible for your life, nobody else is
responsible. And don't go on befooling and kidding yourself. Don't go on
believing in such beautiful dreams and consolations.
– I Say Unto You, Vol 1
Just look silently and deeply and you will find your
master everywhere. The whole existence will become suffused with your
master. And of course the moment a master dies, he makes the whole
existence sacred for his disciples. In the stones they will touch him, in
the flowers they will see his colors, in the rainbows they will see his
beauty. A disciple becomes so deeply immersed in the consciousness of the
master, that when the master's consciousness spreads all over existence,
the disciple at least can see it. That's why in Zen when a master dies the
disciples dance; they make a ceremony of it, because their master is freed
from all boundaries of body and mind. This freedom of their master is an
indication of their own freedom. This freedom has to be respected,
recognized, through their ceremony, through their songs and dances.
– Zen: The Diamond Thunderbolt
Even if I leave the body I am not going to leave my
sannyasins. I will be as much available as I am right now. But the only
thing to remember is – are you available to me?
I am available to you, and I will remain as available
forever. If you are available to me then there is no need to be afraid,
then a link exists. And with my sannyasins I am individually linked. It is
not a question that you belong to an organization, it is not an
organization at all. It is a personal relationship, it is a love affair.
If you are open to me, even if this body disappears,
it is not going to make any difference. I will be available to you.
– The Discipline of Transcendence, Vol 1
The question is not of the master's life and death,
the question basically is of your response. So don't be worried about when
I am gone. Those who are missing me now will be missing me then too – no
loss. Those who are living my message now, they will go on living it. And
if they go on living it, they cannot help but spread it. I am not
depending on books--all the religions have depended on books – I am
depending on you!
George Gurdjieff used to say – very sadly, of course
– that if even two hundred people are enlightened, they can make the
whole world full of light, full of life. Just two hundred people can
transform the whole character of humanity. He could not manage it, but
what he said is true.
I am going to manage it! I will not leave you unless I
have made enough people enlightened so that they can make the whole world
afire, alive. I am depending on you, not on any books. Those books may be
helpful in some way to bring people to you, but my word will be throbbing
in your heart; only then can you help anybody who comes to you.
And it is so simple. I have more than half a million
sannyasins in the world, and more than one million people who are just on
the borderline – a little push and they will be sannyasins. One million
more who are lovers but cannot drop their camelhood . . .
On this big a scale, a worldwide scale, nobody has
worked before. Gautam Buddha remained confined to the small state of Bihar
in India – not even the whole of India. India has thirty states; Buddha
remained confined to one space, one state. He did great work, but it was
impossible to transform the whole quality of consciousness on the earth.
The same is true about Jesus, Moses – anybody who has been trying.
For a simple reason I have been able to contact
millions of people around the world: I am not confined to any tradition. I
am not burdened by the past, I am completely weightless. So anybody who is
burdened – and who is not burdened? – becomes interested in me, particularly
the young people who are fed up with all the nonsense that is being taught
in the churches and the synagogues, in the temples, in the mosques . . .
They are trying hard, but it is just foolishness. They
cannot catch hold of the new spirit of man.
I don't give you any tradition.
I don't give you any scripture.
I don't give you any discipline.
Those are all non-essentials. I simply concentrate my
whole work on making you more conscious. Consciousness is the key to
transform the whole of humanity.
And yes, Gurdjieff is right: if even two
hundred people are aflame, enlightened, the whole world will become
enlightened, because these two hundred torches can give fire to millions
of people. Those people are also carrying torches, but without any fire.
They have everything, just the fire is missing. And when fire passes from
one torch to another, the first torch is not losing anything at all.
The enlightened consciousness is an infinite
reservoir: it can give to you and yet it remains the same. Its quantity
does not decrease, because it is not a question of quantity at all; it is
a question of quality. Qualities can be shared without losing anything.
You can love as many people as you want – that does not
mean one day you will go bankrupt, and you will have to declare, "Now
I have no love." You cannot go bankrupt as far as love is concerned.
Yes, you can go bankrupt as far as money is concerned. Money is a
quantity; love is a quality. What to say of enlightened consciousness? It
is the highest quality possible; there is nothing higher than that.
Don't be afraid, worried that if I am gone, then what
will happen to my words. I will not be gone before I have sown the seeds
of those words in you. They are not mine! They are nobody's. They are
coming out of existence itself – I am simply a vehicle. You can
become a vehicle. Everybody is capable of becoming a vehicle. Hence, I am
not depending on old strategies; they have all failed. I am depending on
living human beings.
And that is the only way to save humanity without
becoming a savior, to save humanity without creating in them greed for
heaven and fear of hell. The only way to save humanity is to give them
some taste of what it means to be enlightened, a little fragrance, so they
can feel the invisible.
And I am absolutely certain, utterly happy, that I
have got the right people: people who are going to be my books, my
temples, my synagogues. This is the reason I call this the first religion,
because it depends on living human beings, not on dead holy scriptures,
I am giving you the taste of my being, and preparing
you to do the same, on your part, to others. It all depends on you,
whether my words will remain living or will die. As far as I am concerned,
I do not care.
While I am here, I am pouring myself into you. And I
am grateful that you are allowing it to happen. Who bothers about the
future? There is nobody in me who can care about the future. If existence
can find me as a vehicle, I can remain assured that it can find thousands
of people to be its vehicle.
I am simply giving you a little opportunity to become
vehicles of the whole.
– From the False to the Truth
I have been asked again and again, "What about
the future? What will happen to sannyasins, their children, when you are
gone? You should write the discipline, the code, the morals; you should
give them the ideals."
But I will be dead – and I am against the dead ruling
the living. The living should find their own life, their own discipline,
their own morals. And they will be living in a different time, in a
different age, in a different atmosphere. Nobody should look backwards,
and nobody should try to control even those who are not born.
Just live your life with as much joy and celebration,
as a gift of God. Dance with the trees in the sun, in the rain, in the
wind. Neither do the trees have any scriptures, nor do the animals have
any scriptures; neither do the stars have any scriptures, nor do they have
any saints. Except man, nobody is obsessed with the dead. This obsession I
call one of the greatest mistakes which has been committed over thousands
of years. It is time it should be stopped completely.
For each new generation, leave the space open to
search, to find the truth, because finding the truth is less blissful than
searching for it. The pilgrimage is the real thing, not the reaching to
– The Messiah, Vol 2
My approach to your growth is basically to make you
independent of me. Any kind of dependence is a slavery, and the spiritual
dependence is the worst slavery of all.
I have been making every effort to make you aware of
your individuality, your freedom, your absolute capacity to grow without
any help from anybody. Your growth is something intrinsic to your being.
It does not come from outside; it is not an imposition, it is an
All the meditation techniques that I have given to you
are not dependent on me – my presence or absence will not make any
difference – they are dependent on you. It is not my presence, but your
presence that is needed for them to work.
It is not my being here but your being here, your
being in the present, your being alert and aware that is going
– Beyond Enlightenment
What to do when you die? Stay together and run the
risk that the movement will turn into a stale sort of religion, or
dissolve and be open for the call of another living Master?
If you have heard me there is no need to worry. If you
have not heard me then there is every need to escape from here. Then I am
not for you.
But think of this moment. Don't be worried about the
future – that is none of your concern.
The second thing: each religion becomes a Church by
and by. It has to, by the very nature of things. While the Master is alive
it is one thing; when the Master has gone it is quite another. But for
those who loved the Master, the Master is always there. For the people who
loved Raman Maharshi, the Master is there. They still have the same
feeling, when they go to Arunachal, his place, his mountain, and when they
sit near his samadhi, it still has the same fragrance, the same freshness,
the same presence, the same radiance. And Raman still answers and Raman
still instructs and Raman still comes into their dreams, into their
visions. For them there is no need to go anywhere; they have found their
There are others also who go to Raman's place – but he
is no longer present there. They think that he is dead, they know that he
is dead. It is only a graveyard now, an old temple, relics. They cling to
the sect. They still cherish the idea that they are followers of Raman.
They are the dead people. It is good if they find some new Master –
with the old they missed. They should find a new Master.
So I cannot make a categorical statement about what
you are to do when I am gone. For those who have contacted me I will never
be gone and for those who have not contacted me I am already gone. They
should leave right now. They should not wait for my death. Yes, after
death they have to leave – but I am saying they should leave right now.
Don't waste your time.
It depends on you whether my religion will remain
alive or not when I am gone. It depends on you. To a few it will be dead .
. . to them it is dead now. To a few it will remain alive . . . to them it
is alive now and it will be alive forever. So each one has to decide for
himself. If when I am gone you feel that I am there to help you, I will be
there to help you. If you feel I am no longer there to help you, naturally
you have to choose another Master.
And I am saying that you have to choose right now. Why
wait for that moment? I may not die so soon. People like me are
unpredictable. I may die tomorrow or I may not die so soon. So don't
depend on that. You just listen to your own heart. If your heart is
growing with me, blooming, new foliage is coming, new buds are opening,
then I am your Master. If it is not happening, then seek and search
somewhere else with all my blessings.
– Sufis: The People of the Path, Vol 1
Soon I will not be here either. And remember, I would
like to remind my disciples especially: if you really love me, when I am
gone I will direct you to people who will be still alive. So don't be
afraid of that. If I send you to Tibet or if I send you to China or if I
send you to Japan or to Iran – go. And don't say that because you belong to
me you cannot belong to another real Master. Just look in the eyes and you
will find my eyes again. The body will not be the same but the eyes will
be the same.
If your journey is not complete with me while I am
here, if something is still to be done, completed, then don't be afraid.
By dropping me you will not be betraying me. In fact, by not dropping me
and by not following the real, the alive Master, you will be betraying me.
Keep it in mind.
– Sufis: The People of the Path, Vol 1
I am with you, but there are a few people who
pretend they are my mediums. And they tell people that, whatsoever they
are saying, I am speaking through them. I am fully alive – I can speak on
my own! Wait a little. Let me die, then you can do your business. You will
do it, but not now.
But I can forgive these people because they earn a
little money and they exploit a few people. I cannot understand the people
who become victims of these persons. They can't see the point. I am here:
what is the need of somebody to function as a medium, to tell them what I
want to tell them? I will tell you myself. Am I not telling you enough? Do
you want more? Year in and year out I go on speaking to you every day.
But there are a few people . . . they don't come to
listen, they don't come here. They avoid the commune, but they go on
sitting in the Blue Diamond,* and a few foolish people go on meeting them
there. And they roll up their eyes and they pretend to go in a trance, and
then they start talking nonsense. The more nonsense it is, the more
philosophical it seems, the more metaphysical it seems. And they always
get a few people to listen to them, to follow them. It is a strange
phenomenon, but somehow the pseudo has an appeal.
– The Dhammapada: The Way of the Buddha, Vol 9
* a nearby
so-called 5-star hotel
I am trying to help them to be masters of themselves.
I am just a catalytic agent. I am master of myself, so I know how one
becomes a master of oneself. I am simply sharing my experience with these
people. They are not my followers, they are my fellow travelers. And they
are absolutely free to do anything they want. No restrictions, no
inhibitions, no repressions.
What can they do? The moment I am gone, they will also
go on their way separately, because their connection with me is direct.
They are not interconnected like Christians or Hindus or Mohammedans. They
are connected to me directly. Each sannyasin has a direct communication
line with me. The moment I am gone, his last barrier is also finished.
Other barriers I had finished before – now the last barrier, the love
towards me, is also finished.
He is now totally free. Utterly free – to be himself.
– The Last Testament, Vol 1
Once you are ready, you will be thrown into the open
sky. A Master's house is just a training place where you get ready, but it
is not the final home. It is where you get ready, and then the Master
throws you into the sky because there is the final home, in total freedom
– in moksha. A Master is helpful just on the way. Before the
temple of the Divine, he will suddenly leave you. Before the temple of the
Divine, he will push you in, and if you look back you will not find him
any more, he will not be there – because with the Divine you have to be
alone. The work of the Master is completed.
– Until You Die
What do you foresee as the future of your sannyas
movement? Do you see it as prospering, even when you're not here?
Sannyas movement is not mine. It is not yours. It was
here when I was not here. It will be here when I will not be here. Sannyas
movement simply means the movement of the seekers of truth. They have
always been here.
Of course, they have been always tortured by the
ignorant masses: killed, murdered, crucified, or worshipped. Remember: it
is the same whether you crucify or you worship. Both are the ways how to
get rid of those people. One is crucifixion, another is worship. Worship
is more cultured. We say you are an incarnation of God, we will worship
you. But we will not do what you say. How can we do? We are ordinary human
beings. You were extraordinary – either you were a prophet sent by God, or
a messenger, or the only begotten son of God, or you were a reincarnation
of God – you could do miracles. We have created all kinds of miracles, only
for one reason. To create a distance between us and the people who have
been seeking the truth and the people who have ultimately found the truth.
We were not ready to go with them. There were only two ways: either to
kill them, destroy them, so we can forget them and forgive them. They were
a disturbing element, a nuisance. We were asleep and having such beautiful
dreams and a Gautam Buddha comes and starts shaking you and tells,
"Wake up!" Naturally you get angry.
There have always been a line of seekers of truth . .
call it sannyas. It is eternal. It is sanatan. It has nothing to do
with me. Millions of people have contributed to it. I have also
contributed my own share. It will go on becoming more and more richer.
When I am gone there will be more and more people coming and making it
richer. The old sannyas was serious. I have contributed to it a sense of
humor. The old sannyas was sad. I have contributed to it singing, dancing,
laughing . . . I have made it more human. The old sannyas was somehow
life-negative. I have made it life-affirmative. But it is the same sannyas.
It is the same search. I have made it more rich. I have made it more
grounded in the world because my whole teaching is "be in the world, but
don't be of the world." There is no need to renounce the world. Only
cowards renounce it.
Live in the world, experience it. It is a school. You
cannot grow in the Himalayas. You can only grow in the world. Each step is
an examination. Each step you are passing through a test. Life is an
I will be gone. That does not mean that the sannyas
movement will be gone. It does not belong to anybody. Just as science does
not belong to Albert Einstein. Why the search for truth should belong to
somebody? To Gautam Buddha? To J Krishnamurti? Or to me? Or to you?
Just as science goes on growing and every scientific
genius goes on contributing to it and the Ganges goes on becoming bigger
and wider – oceanic; in the same way the inner world needs a science. The
objective world has a science. The inner world needs a science and I call
sannyas the science of the inner world. It has been growing but because it
goes against humanities attachments, ignorance, superstitions, so-called
religions, churches, priests, popes, shankaracharyas . . . these are the
enemies of the inner search because the inner search needs no
Sannyas movement is not an organization: that is why I
call it "movement." It is individual. People join. I had started alone and
then people started coming and joining me and slowly, slowly the caravan
became bigger and bigger. But it is not an organization. I am nobody's
leader. Nobody has to follow me. I am grateful that you have allowed me to
share my bliss, my love, my ecstasy. I am grateful to you. Nobody is my
follower, nobody is lower. There is no hierarchy. It is not a religion. It
is pure religiousness. The very essence. Not a flower, but only a
fragrance. You cannot catch hold of it.
You can have the experience of it, you can be
surrounded by the perfume, but you cannot catch hold of it.
Religions are like dead flowers you can find in
Bibles, in Gitas . . . When they were put in the Bible they were living, they
were fragrant, but now it is only a corpse. All holy books are corpses,
dead flowers and nothing else.
Truth, the living truth, has to be discovered by each
individual by himself. Nobody can give it to you. Yes, somebody who has
achieved it can inspire a thirst in you, a tremendous desire for it. I
cannot give you the truth, but I can give you the desire for it. I cannot
give you the truth, but I can show you the moon . . . please don't get
attached to my finger which is indicating the moon. This finger will
disappear. The moon will remain and the search will continue.
As long as there is a single human being on the earth
the flowers of sannyas will go on blossoming.
– The Last Testament, Vol 6
Existence knows only one tense – the present. It
neither knows the past, because it is no more, nor does it know the
future, because it is not yet. But the mind is always concerned either
with the past or with the future, never with the present. Do you see?
Existence is only in the present. Mind is never in the
present. In fact, the moment you are in the present, there is no mind in
you, there is great silence. The whole sky of your inner being is without
thoughts, without clouds. I call this the state of no-mind.
Only in this state of no-mind do you meet existence.
And that meeting is the ultimate ecstasy. Once you have tasted it, you
will never bother about the future. You know how to live in the present,
so in the future also – it will be coming as the present, it will not come
as the future – you will know the art.
And it is not that my presence is making people happy
here; it is their own presence. Certainly they have learned the art of
being in the present, but now they are absolutely independent of me. They
are not my followers, I am nobody's leader – I hate such words!
To me, the most beautiful word in the human language
is "friend." And the most beautiful experience in life is that
of being friendly with someone who is authentically herenow. Because to be
friendly with him, you will have to be here and now; otherwise, you cannot
shake hands with the man, you cannot converse with the man, you cannot be
with the man. The distance between you and him will be unbridgeable.
But once you have tasted the beauty, the benediction
of the present moment, its eternity, its deathlessness, you simply forget
all about the past, all about the future. You have the master key.
Whatever door comes before you, you will be able to unlock it . . .
To me, unless you feel full of joy, bursting with
happiness, you will not be able to have that great quality of gratitude
That quality is authentic religiousness.
So rather than thinking about the future, about what
will happen to this commune, think about your present. This time, just be
here and don't go anywhere. Enjoy risking – it is great excitement –
all for nothing, because we have nothing to offer to you except what you
– From Bondage to Freedom
A mystery school comes into existence with a master,
And that's how it should be.
In nature, in existence,
everything that is real . . .
A roseflower opens itself in the morning and
by the evening it is gone.
– The Osho Upanishad