I Say Unto You Vol 1 07

Seventh Discourse from the series of 10 discourses - I Say Unto You Vol 1 by Osho.
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Matthew 7
Jesus said unto his disciples:

Not every one that saith unto me,
Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven;
but he that doeth the will of my Father
which is in heaven.

Many will say to me in that day,
Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name?
and in thy name have cast out devils?
and in thy name done many wonderful works?

And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you:
depart from me, ye that work iniquity.

Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine,
and doeth them,
I will liken him unto a wise man,
which built his house upon a rock:

And the rain descended, and the floods came,
and the winds blew, and beat upon that house;
and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock.

And every one that heareth these sayings of mine,
and doeth them not,
shall be likened unto a foolish man,
which built his house upon the sand:

And the rain descended, and the floods came,
and the winds blew, and beat upon that house;
and it fell:
and great was the fall of it.
Man is not a meaning but an opportunity. The meaning is possible, but is not given. The meaning can be created, but it is not already there. It is a task not a gift. Life is a gift, but life is open opportunity. Meaning is not a gift; meaning is a search. Those who seek will certainly find it. But those who simply wait will go on missing. The meaning, the logos, has to be created by man. Man has to transform himself into that meaning. It cannot be something exterior to man; it can only be something interior.
Man’s inner being has to become illumined.
Before we enter into these sutras, a few things will be helpful to understand about man, because only then is the work possible. The first thing to be understood is that man is a four-dimensional space-time continuum, just as the whole existence is. Three dimensions are of space; one dimension is of time. They are not separate: the dimension of time is but the fourth dimension of space. The three dimensions of space are static; the fourth dimension of time brings movement, makes life a process. Then existence is not a thing, but becomes an event.
And so is man. Man is a miniature universe. If you could understand man in his totality, you would have understood the whole existence. Man contains all – in seed. Man is a condensed universe. And these are the four dimensions of man.
The first dimension is what Patanjali calls sushupti, deep sleep, where not even a dream exists. One is utterly silent, not even a thought stirring, no wind blowing. All is absent. That absence, in deep sleep, is the first dimension. It is from that, that we start. We have to understand our sleep, only then can we go through a transformation. Only then can we build our house on a rock, otherwise not. But there are very few people who understand their sleep.
You sleep every day, you live one-third of your life in deep sleep, but you don’t understand what it is. You go into it every night, and you also gain much out of it. But it is all unconscious: you don’t know exactly where it leads you. It leads you to the simplest dimension of your life – the first dimension. It is very simple because there is no duality. It is very simple because there is no complexity. It is very simple because there is only oneness. You have not yet arisen as an ego, you have not yet become divided – but the unity is unconscious.
If this unity becomes conscious you will have samadhi instead of sushupti. If this unity becomes conscious, illumined, then you will have attained godliness. That’s why Patanjali says, “Deep sleep and samadhi, the ultimate state of consciousness, are very much alike – alike because they are simple, alike because in both there is no duality, alike because in neither does the ego exist.”
In the first, the ego has not yet arisen; in the second, the ego has been dissolved – but there is a great difference too. The difference is that in samadhi you know what sleep is. Even while asleep your consciousness is there, your awareness is there. Your awareness goes on burning like a small light inside you.
A Zen master was asked… It is a very famous saying in Zen. Thus we are told that before we study Zen the mountains are mountains and the rivers are rivers. While we are studying Zen, however, the mountains are no longer mountains and the rivers are no longer rivers. But then when our study of Zen is completed, the mountains are once again mountains and the rivers are once again rivers.

“What is meant by this?” a disciple asked a great master.
The master explained this: “It simply means that the first and the last states are alike. Only just in the middle is the disturbance. First the mountains are mountains, and again in the end the mountains are again mountains. But in the middle the mountains are no longer mountains and rivers are no longer rivers – everything is disturbed and confused and clouded. That clouding, that confusion, that chaos, exists only in the middle. In sushupti everything is as it should be; in samadhi again everything is as it should be. Between the two is the problem, is the world, is the mind, is the ego, is the whole complex of misery, hell.”
When the master explained this, the disciple exclaimed: “Well, if that’s true, then there is no difference between the ordinary man and the enlightened man.”
“That’s true,” replied the master. “There is no difference really. The only thing is – the enlightened man is six inches off the ground.”

But those six inches make all the difference. Why is the master six inches off the ground? He lives in the world and is yet not in it – those are the six inches, the difference. He eats, and yet he is not the eater; he remains a witness – those six inches. He is ill, he knows the pain of illness but still he is not in pain – that difference is those six inches. He dies, he knows death is happening, and yet he is not dying – that difference is those six inches. He is asleep and yet he is not asleep, he is alert too.
The first state is of sushupti. We will call it the first dimension. It is dreamless undividedness, it is unconscious unity, it is ignorance, but very blissful. The bliss too is unconscious. Only in the morning, when you are again awake, do you start feeling that there has been a good sleep in the night, that you have been in some faraway land, that you are feeling rejuvenated, that you are feeling very fresh, young and alive again – but only in the morning, not exactly at the time when you are in the sleep, only later on. Just some fragrance remains lingering in the memory. It reminds you that you have been to some inner depth, but where? What? You cannot figure it out. You cannot give any account of it – just a vague memory, a faint remembrance that somewhere you have been in a good space. There is no ego yet, so there is no misery possible, because misery is not possible without the ego.
This is the state in which the rocks and the mountains and the rivers and the trees exist. That’s why trees look so beautiful; an unconscious bliss surrounds them. That’s why mountains look so silent: they are in sushupti, they are in deep sleep, continuously in deep sleep. That’s why when you go to the Himalayas an eternal silence is felt – virgin silence. Nobody has ever been able to disturb it. Just think of a mountain and suddenly you start feeling silent. Think of trees and you feel life flowing in. The whole of nature exists in the first state, that’s why nature is so simple.
The second dimension is that of dream – what Patanjali calls swabha. The first disturbance in the sleep is dream. Now you are not one anymore; the second dimension has arisen. Images have started floating in you: the beginning of the world. Now you are two: the dreamer and the dreamed. Now you are seeing the dream and you are the dream too. Now you are divided. That silence of the deep sleep is no longer there, disturbance has entered because division has entered.
Division, duality, disturbance – that is the meaning of the dream. Although the duality is still unconscious it is there, but not very consciously, not that you know about it. The turmoil is there, the world is born, but things are still undefined. They are just coming out of the smoke; things are taking shape. The form is not yet clear, the form has not yet become concrete, but because of the dualism – even though it is unconscious – misery has entered. The nightmare is not very far away. The dream will turn into a nightmare.
This is where animals and birds exist. They also have a beauty, because they are very close to sushupti. Birds sitting on a tree are just dreams sitting in sleep. Birds making their nests on a tree are just dreams making their nests in sleep. There is a kind of affinity between the birds and the trees. If trees disappear, birds will disappear; and if birds disappear, trees will not be so beautiful any longer. There is a deep relationship; it is one family. When you see parrots screeching and flying around a tree, it almost looks as if the leaves of the tree have got wings. They are not separate, they are very close. Birds and animals are more silent than man, happier than man. Birds don’t go mad. They don’t need psychiatrists; they don’t need any Freud, any Jung, any Adler. They are utterly healthy.
If you go into the forest and see the animals you will be surprised – they are all alike! And all healthy. You will not find a single fat animal in the natural state. I am not talking about the zoo. In the zoo things go wrong, because the zoo is no longer natural. Zoo animals start following man, they even start going mad and committing suicide. Zoo animals even turn into homosexuals. The state of the zoo is not natural; it is man-created. In nature they are very silent, happy, healthy, but that health too is unconscious – they don’t know what is happening.
This is the second state: when you are in a dream. This is the second dimension. First: dreamless sleep, sushupti – simple one-dimensional; there is no “other.” Second: dream, swabha – there are two dimensions, the dreamer and the dreamed, the content and the consciousness. The division has arisen: the looker and the looked at, the observer and the observed. Duality has entered. This is the second dimension.
In the first dimension there is only the present tense. Sleep knows no past, no future. Of course because it knows no past, no future, it cannot know the present either, because the present exists only in the middle. You have to be aware of the past and the future, only then can you be aware of the present. Because there is no past and no future, sleep exists only in the present. It is pure present, but unconscious.
The division enters with dreams. With dreams the past becomes very important. Dreams are past-oriented; all dreams come from the past. They are fragments of the past floating in the mind, dust from the past, which has not settled yet.

“It’s her old man I feel sorry for. He was in bed the other night fast asleep. Suddenly she noticed he had a smile on his face. She thought ‘Hello, he’s having one of those dreams again.’ So she put down her crisps and her bottle of stout and woke him up.”
He said, “Blimey, you would, wouldn’t you. I was having a lovely dream then. I was at this auction where they were selling mouths. They had small rosebud ones for a quid. Pert little pursed ones for two quid, and little smiling ones for a fiver.”
She said, “Ooh! Did they have a mouth my size?”
“Yes. They were holding the auction in it.”

Whatsoever you dream has something to say about your past. It may be that you see an auction – little smiling rosebud mouths are being sold – but the auction is being held in your wife’s mouth. Maybe you have never said to your wife, “Shut up, and keep your big mouth closed!” Maybe you have not said it so clearly, but you have been thinking it so many times. It is lingering in the mind. It is there. Maybe you have never been as true in your waking state as you are when you are asleep. And you can be, you can afford to be true. All dreams float from the past. With the dream, the past becomes existential. So the present is there, and the past.
With the third, the third dimension, the waking state – what Patanjali calls jagrut – multiplicity enters. The first is unity, the second is duality, the third is multiplicity. Great complexity arises. The whole world is born. In sleep you are deep inside yourself; in dream you are no longer that deep inside yourself and yet you are not out either. You are just in the middle, on the threshold. With waking consciousness you are outside yourself, you have gone into the world.
You can understand the biblical story of Adam’s expulsion in these three dimensions. When Adam is there in the Garden of Eden and has not yet eaten the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge it is deep sleep, unconscious – it is unconscious bliss. There is no disturbance; everything is simply beautiful. He has not known any misery. Then he eats the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge. Knowledge arises, images start floating, dreams have started functioning. He is no longer the same. He is still in the Garden of Eden but no longer part of it – alien, a stranger, an outsider. He has not yet been expelled, but in a subtle way he is no longer centered there. He is uprooted. This is the state of the dream – the first taste of knowledge because of the first taste of duality: the distinction of observer and the observed. And then he is being expelled from the Garden of Eden, thrown out – that is the third state, the waking state. Now he cannot go back; there is no way back. He has forgotten that he has an inside too.
In deep sleep you are inside. In wakefulness you are outside. In dream you are just in the middle, hanging, not settled yet where to go, still indecisive, in doubt, uncertain. With the waking state, the ego enters. In the dream state there are just rudimentary fragments of the ego arising, but they settle in the third. The ego becomes the most concrete, most solid, most decisive phenomenon; then whatsoever you do, you do because of the ego.
The third state brings a little consciousness: just one percent, not much of it, just a flickering consciousness, momentary consciousness. The first was absolutely unconscious, the second was unconsciousness disturbed, the third is the first glimpse of consciousness. And because of this – the momentary glimpse of consciousness – that one percent of consciousness coming in, creates the ego. Now the future also enters.
First there is only the present unconscious, then there is the past unconscious, now there is the future. Past, present, future, and the whole complexity of time revolves around you. This is the state where people are stuck, where you are stuck, where everybody is stuck. And if you go on building your house with these three dimensions you will be building it on sand, because your whole effort will be unconscious.
To do something in unconsciousness is futile; it is shooting arrows in the dark, not knowing where the target is. It is not going to bring much of a result. First, light is needed. The target has to be looked for, searched for. And enough light is needed so you can move toward the target consciously. That is possible only when the fourth dimension starts functioning. It rarely happens; but whenever it happens, then meaning is really born, logos is born.
You will live a meaningless life if you live only with these three. You will live a meaningless life because you will not be able to create yourself. How can you create in such unawareness?
The fourth dimension is of awareness, witnessing – what Patanjali calls turiya. And in the Gospels Jesus goes on saying again and again to his disciples: “Awake! Beware! Watch!” All these words indicate turiya. And it is one of the misfortunes of history that Christianity has not been able to bring this message clearly to the world. It has failed utterly.
Rarely has a religion failed so utterly as Christianity. Jesus was not very fortunate because the disciples that he found turned out to be very ordinary, and the religion became almost a political organization. The church became not a follower of Jesus but deep down really antagonistic to Jesus. The church has been doing things, in the name of Jesus, against Jesus.
Buddha was more fortunate. The followers never became a church, they never became so organized politically and they never became so worldly. They carried little bits of Buddha’s message down the ages.
This fourth dimension has to be understood as deeply as possible, because this is the goal. It is again pure consciousness, simplicity. The first was simple but unconscious; the fourth is simple but conscious. Unity again, bliss again – with only one difference: now everything is conscious, the inner light is burning bright. You are fully alert. It is not a dark night inside you but a full-moon night, moonlit. That is the meaning of enlightenment: the inner illumination.
Again there is only one time left: the present, but now it is a conscious present. The past is no longer hanging around. A man who is aware cannot move in the past, because it is no more. A man who is aware cannot move in the future, because it is not yet. A man who is aware lives in the present, herenow. Here is his only space and now is his only time. And because he is only herenow, time as such disappears. Eternity is born, timelessness is born. And when one is totally alert, ego cannot exist.
Ego is a shadow cast in unawareness. When all is light, the ego cannot exist. You will be able to see the falsity of it, the pseudo-ness of it. And in that very seeing is its disappearance.
These are the four dimensions of human consciousness. People live only in the first three. The fourth carries the meaning; hence, the people who live only in three live a meaningless life. They know it. You know it! If you look into your life you will not find any meaning there, just a haphazard, accidental progression of things. One thing is followed by another, but with no particular consistency, with no particular relevance. One thing is followed by another, just accidentally.
That’s what Jean-Paul Sartre means when he says, “Man is a useless passion, man is accidental.” Yes, he is right if he is talking about the three dimensions: first, second and third, but it is not true about the fourth. And he cannot say anything about the fourth because he has not experienced anything of it. Only a christ or a buddha can say something about the fourth.
Christ consciousness is of the fourth, so is buddha consciousness. To remain confined in the three is to be in the world. To enter into the fourth is to enter into nirvana, or call it the kingdom of God. They are only different expressions for the same thing.
A few more things: the second dimension is a shadow of the first: sleep and dream. Dreams cannot exist without sleep; sleep is a must. Sleep can exist without dreams. So sleep is primary, dreams are secondary – just a shadow. And so is the case with the third and the fourth. The third is the shadow of the fourth, because the third can exist only if there is some consciousness. A little bit of consciousness has to be there, only then can the third exist. The third cannot exist without a little bit of consciousness in it, a ray of light. It is not much of a light, but a ray of light is needed. The fourth can exist without the third, but the third cannot exist without the fourth. The fourth is awareness, absolute awareness; and the third is just a small ray of light in the dark night. But it exists because of that small ray of light. If that ray of light disappears it will become the second; it will not be the third any longer. Your life looks like a shadow life because you are living with the third. And the third is the shadow of the fourth. Only with the fourth do you come home. Only with the fourth are you grounded in existence.
The first is absolute darkness; the fourth is absolute light. Between these two are their two shadows. Those two shadows have become so important to us that we think that is our whole life. Hindus have been calling the world maya, illusion, because of these two dimensions which have become predominant: the second and the third. We have lost track of the first, and we have not yet searched for the fourth.
And one more thing: if you find the fourth you will find the first. Only one who has found the fourth will be able to know about the first, because once you have come to the fourth you can be asleep and remain alert. In the Gita, Krishna defines the yogi as one who is awake while asleep. That’s his definition for the yogi. A strange definition: one who is awake while asleep.
Just the reverse is the situation with you. You are asleep while awake. That is the definition of a non-yogi: asleep while awake. You look awake, and you are not. It is just an idea, this awake state. Ninety-nine percent consists of sleep – only one percent of wakefulness. And that one percent also goes on changing. Sometimes it is there and sometimes it is not there at all. It was there; somebody insults you and it is not there. You have become angry, and you have lost even that small awareness. Somebody treads on your foot and it has gone. It is very delicate. Anybody can take it and destroy it, and very easily. You were perfectly okay; a letter comes and something is written in the letter, and suddenly you are no longer okay. All is disturbed. A single word can create such a disturbance! Your awareness is not very much.
And you are awake only in rare moments; you are awake in danger, because in danger you have to be awake. But when there is no danger, you start snoring. You can hear people snoring – walking down the road, they are snoring. They are caged in their own unconsciousness.

A drunk bumped into a stop sign. Dazed and disoriented, he stepped back and then advanced in the same direction. Once more he hit the sign. He retreated a few steps, waited awhile, and then marched forward.
Colliding with the post again, he embraced it in defeat and said, “It is no use. I am fenced in. I am stopped in every direction.”

And yet he has not moved in any other direction. He has been moving to the post again and again. And being hit, naturally he concludes that he has been fenced in from every direction. This is the situation of the ordinary human consciousness. You go on moving in the same unconscious way, in the same unconscious direction. Again and again you are hit and you think, “Why is there so much misery? Why? Why did God create such a miserable world in the first place? Is God a kind of sadist? Does he want to torture people? Why has he created a life which is almost like a prison, in which there is no freedom?”
Life is absolutely free, but to see that freedom first you will have to free your consciousness. Remember it as a criterion: the more conscious you are, the freer; the less conscious you are, the less free. The more conscious you are, the more blissful; the less conscious you are, the less blissful. It depends on how conscious you are.
There are people who will go on looking into the scriptures to find out ways to become freer, to become more blissful, to attain to truth. That is not going to help because it is not a question of the scriptures. If you are unconscious and you go on reading the Bible and the Koran and the Vedas and the Gita, it is not going to help, because your unconsciousness cannot be changed by your studies. In fact the scripture cannot change your consciousness, but your unconsciousness will change the scripture – the meaning of the scriptures. You will find your own meanings there. You will interpret in such a way that the Bible, the Veda, the Koran, will start functioning as imprisonments. That’s how Christians and Hindus and Mohammedans are – all imprisoned.
I have heard…

After booking into a large hotel, a self-styled evangelist read in his room for an hour or two – and he was reading the Bible – then went down to the bar, and after a couple of drinks, he struck up a conversation with the redheaded barmaid. He stayed up until closing time, and after the girl had cleared up they both went up to the evangelist’s room.
When he started to interfere with her clothing, the barmaid seemed to have second thoughts. “Are you sure this is all right?” she said. “After all you are a holy man.”
“My dear,” he replied, “it’s written in the Bible.”
She took him at his word, and they spent a very pleasant night together. The next morning, however, as the girl was preparing to leave, she said, “You know, I don’t remember the part of the Bible you spoke about last night.”
The evangelist picked up the Gideon’s Bible from the bedside table, opened the cover, and showed her the flyleaf, on which was inscribed “The redheaded barmaid screws.”

Reading the whole Bible for one hour and this was his finding. Somebody had inscribed on the flyleaf…
If you read the Bible, you read it, remember. And the meaning that you give it will be yours; the interpretation will be yours. It cannot help you because it cannot even protect itself from you. How can it help you? The only way to have any change in life is to change consciousness. And to change consciousness you do not have to go into the Bible and the Vedas. You have to go inward, you have to go into meditation. Scholarship won’t help.

A blind man was invited to a festivity and there he ate some delicious pudding. He was so enchanted by its taste that he asked someone sitting next him to tell him what it looked like.
“White,” the man said.
“What is white?” the blind man asked.
“White? – like a duck,” came the answer.
“How does a duck look?” persisted the blind man.
Puzzled for a moment, the man finally said. “Here, feel this,” and took the blind man’s hand in his hand and guided it along his other hand and arm, which he bent at the elbow and wrist to resemble the shape of a duck.
At this, the blind man exclaimed, “Oh, the pudding is crooked!”

That’s what is going to happen. You cannot help the blind man to know what white is, or what color is, or what light is. All your help is going to give him something wrong. There is no way to help the blind man by definitions, by explanations, by theories, by dogmas, by scriptures. The only way to help him is to heal his eyes.
Buddha has said: “I am a physician. I don’t give you definitions of light, I simply heal your eyes.” And that’s what Jesus is. All the miracles that are reported in the Bible are not miracles but parables – that a blind man came to him and he touched his eyes, and the blind man was healed and he could see immediately. If it is just about the physical eye, this is not much. Then Jesus is already out of date, because medical science can do it. Sooner or later, Jesus will have to be completely forgotten. If he was simply curing physical eyes, then it is not going to mean much in the future. This can be done by science. And that which can be done by science should be done by science; religion should not enter into it – there is no need. Religion has far higher things to do. So again and again I insist that these stories are not miracles but parables. People are blind, and the Jesus touch is a magic touch. He helps them to see, he helps them to become aware, he helps them to become more conscious. He brings the fourth.
To go into the fourth, work is needed. Work in the sense that Gurdjieff used to use that word. Work means a great effort to transform your being, a great effort to center your being, a great effort to drop all that which creates darkness, and to bring all that which can help a little light come in. If a door has to be opened, then open the door and let the light come in. If a wall has to be broken, then break the wall and let the light come in. Work means a conscious effort to search, to inquire, to explore into the dimension of the fourth – into light, into awareness – and a conscious effort to drop all that which helps you remain unconscious, to drop all that which keeps you mechanical.

A man bought a farm and a sow. He asked his wife to watch the sow, explaining that if she saw it eating grass it was ready for mating and could be taken to the next farm. A couple of days later his wife told him that the sow had started to eat grass. So the farmer put it on a barrow and took it to the next farm to be mated. When he came back, he told his wife to watch the sow again. “If the sow eats grass again, it has not taken,” he explained.
A few days later, his wife reported that the sow was eating grass again. So it was put on the barrow and taken for mating again. The farmer brought it back and again asked his wife to watch it closely. Two days later he asked his wife if it had been eating grass again.
“No,” she said, “but it’s sitting in the barrow.”

The mechanical mind, the instinctive mind, the repetitive mind has to be broken and dropped. Work means an alchemical change. Great effort is needed. Hard and arduous is the path. It is an uphill task.
Now the sutras:
Not every one that saith unto me,
Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven;
but he that doeth the will of my Father
which is in heaven.
Jesus says: prayer is necessary but not enough. It has to be supported by work. Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven… Just by praising me, Jesus says, you will not enter into the kingdom of heaven – not just by praising God. Flattery won’t help, and people go on flattering God in the hope that flattery will work there too. Only work, only conscious effort, hard effort will help – nothing else can help. Prayer is good, prayer prepares the way, but then you have to walk on it!
And a very strange statement it is: …but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Two things to be understood: this sentence is strange because it says: …but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Heaven means the unknown. Heaven means that which you have not entered yet, heaven means that which you have not experienced yet. You can take it on faith, you can trust Jesus. If you love him, you will trust him. But Jesus’ God is not available for you to inspect. You cannot see Jesus’ God. He sees him; it is his experience. But for you it is only a trust. And Jesus says: …but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.
First, God is not known to you, not even his whereabouts are known. Heaven means the unknown, the mysterious, the unexplainable. His whereabouts are unknown. You have never encountered God, and the demand is that if you surrender your will to his will, only then…
Now in this amazing statement, there are two things: you have to surrender your will and you have to follow God’s will. First, surrender is possible only if you have a will. Ordinarily people think that a man who has a will, will not be able to surrender. People think that weaklings, those whose wills are not very strong, can surrender. That is not right. Only very, very willed people, who have a strong willpower, can surrender – because surrender is the ultimate in willpower. It is the last and there is nothing higher than that. To surrender you will need great will. You will have to put all your willpower into it, only then will the surrender happen. That’s why I say it is an amazing statement. It is very contradictory, but life is like that – paradoxical. And this is one of the fundamental paradoxes: the paradox of will and surrender.
Surrender happens only when there is great will. But when surrender happens, the will disappears and not even a trace is left. Surrender is the will committing suicide. And only when your will has committed suicide can God’s will flow into you. These two opposites can meet: your surrender and God’s will.
Surrender means receptivity. When you are receptive, utterly receptive, God can descend into you. You cannot say: “First I have to encounter God, only then will I surrender,” because there is no way for you to encounter him. The only way to encounter him is to surrender because when you are surrendered he comes. You can know him only after surrender, not before surrender.
Now this is asking the impossible. But religion asks the impossible, and there have been a few people who have been able to do the impossible. Those who have done the impossible have achieved the impossible. That is how it is, and it cannot be otherwise. You cannot have a sample of God’s experience and then decide whether to purchase or not. You cannot have a look at God’s being: he is not available for window-shopping. First you have to surrender, and you have to surrender in darkness and you have to surrender in absolute ignorance. You have no proof, and no argument can help you. Great courage is needed – daredevil courage is needed. That’s why I say the religious man is the most courageous man in the world. Those who walk on the moon are nothing. Yes, they take great risk, but that is nothing compared to religion, because the demand, the very demand is impossible.
First you surrender, and then you come to know – but how to first surrender? How to know what is God’s will? The only way to know God’s will is to surrender your will. You efface yourself; you don’t stand in between, you simply disappear. In your disappearance God appears. Your absence becomes his presence. When you are empty as far as your self is concerned, you become full with his presence. He comes only when you are not, then the great transformation happens: the meeting of the drop with the ocean, the meeting of the part with the whole. And then there is great jubilation.
Again and again, Jesus says to his disciples, “Rejoice!” What is he talking about? Why does he go on saying, “Rejoice! Celebrate! Be glad!”? He is taking them closer and closer to that ultimate revolution where they will surrender, and God will take over. Each step is a rejoicing, is a celebration, because each step taken toward God is taken toward your fulfillment. You can be fulfilled only when God has become a resident in you, otherwise you are empty, hollow, stuffed with straw and nothing else. Only when he comes will your temple have a deity in it. He can fulfill you by becoming a host in your being.
Not every one that saith unto me,
Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven;
but he that doeth the will of my Father
which is in heaven.

Many will say to me in that day,
Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name?
and in thy name have cast out devils?
and in thy name done many wonderful works?

And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you:
depart from me, ye that work iniquity.
Jesus says, “In that moment, in that space, many would like to tell me, ‘I have been doing miracles in your name.’” There are many who are healing in the world in the name of Christ, who are serving people in the name of Christ, who are converting people in the name of Christ, and doing a thousand and one good things in the name of Christ. But deep down, if you look, the name of the Christ is just a label; deep down is the ego.

A woman came to Jesus and touched his garment and was healed. And the woman was very thankful; she fell at his feet and thanked him from her very heart.
Jesus said: “Don’t thank me. I have not done anything. It is your faith that has healed you. And if you want to be grateful, be grateful to God. I am nobody, I am just a passage, I am instrumental. Forget about me. It is your faith and God’s presence that has healed you. If I was there, I was just like a link, a bridge.”

When you cross a river you don’t thank the bridge. You don’t even remember, you don’t look at the bridge. Jesus says: “I am just a bridge, a vehicle.”
Jesus says: Many will say to me in that day. Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And behind all their works is the ego. They are claiming. The claim comes from the ego – the claimant is always the ego. If you are not there, if there is no ego, you cannot claim; you will be silent in that moment. You will not start bragging that I have done this, and I have done that.
Jesus says: And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you… Jesus knows only those who are absolutely silent, who have no claims. Jesus knows only those who have utterly disappeared, who have become just vehicles of God – who cannot claim because they are not. And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity. Jesus uses the word iniquity. It means unrighteousness, wickedness, gross injustice. It is always God who works through you; whenever you claim, it is gross injustice.
Just watch, observe, meditate over it. You saw a man drowning in the river; you rushed and you jumped into the river, and saved the man. By the time you are back on the bank you start bragging “I saved this man.” But is this true? When the man was drowning and you were on the bank, had you thought about it? Had you thought in this way – “This man is drowning, I have to save him. If I don’t save him, who will? Saving is good, and righteous and virtuous” …and all that? No, in that moment, God possessed you. There was no thinking about it. You simply jumped into the water. It was not that you did it; God did it through you. But later on, back on the bank, you start bragging “I saved this man.”
This is injustice. This is gross injustice. Jesus says that this is unrighteous. It is something that God has done through you, and you are claiming it as your ego glory, claiming it as an ornament for your ego?
Remember, whenever something good happens, it happens through God. Good is that which happens through God. And bad is that which happens through you. This is religious understanding. A religious person cannot claim any virtue. Yes, he can repent for all the sins, but he cannot claim any virtue. He will cry and weep, and he will say, “I have done this wrong and that wrong!” But not for a single moment will the idea arise in him: “Look: this good I have also done.” That is not possible for the religious mind. The religious mind knows that whenever something goes wrong: “I must have come in between me and God. If something goes wrong, I must have misinterpreted it, I must have deviated the energy, I must have distorted it. If something goes right – who am I? That simply shows that I have not distorted, that’s all.”
When you are standing before a mirror and the mirror mirrors perfectly, it is not anything special; it is how it should be. But if your face is distorted, then the mirror is at fault, then things are not as they should be. Good is that which happens through God, and bad is that which happens through the ego. So if the ego claims the good, the good also becomes bad. And the claim is wrong.

Buddha came back to his home after twelve years, when he became enlightened. His father was very angry, naturally – understandable. He was the only son, the father was old, and the son had become a dropout. His father was really ill, old, and he had to carry the whole load and responsibility of the kingdom. When he was thinking that his son would take charge, he escaped. He escaped without saying anything. One night he simply disappeared. The father was angry.
The first meeting of the son and the father was at the great gates of the town, and the father said, “Son, although I am angry I will forgive you. Come back home and forget all this nonsense.”
And Buddha said, “Sir, will you look at me unprejudiced? I am not the same man who escaped from your palace. I am not your son!”
The father started laughing, and he said, “Who are you kidding? You are not my son? Can’t I recognize you? Can’t I see my own blood? I have given birth to you. And what are you saying – that you are not the same person?”
Buddha said, “Sir, don’t feel offended. I came through you, but you have not given birth to me.”

That’s what Jesus is saying. He is saying that whenever something comes through you, you are not the originator of it. If good comes through you, God is the originator.
Never claim the life of your child; life belongs to God. You cannot produce life; you were just instrumental. While making love to your woman, what exactly were you doing? You were just instrumental. In fact, love has also happened. It was not any doing on your part. Love has happened; you were making love to your woman and something happened. And you don’t know what exactly – the mystery remains mystery. The woman becomes pregnant, and a child is born. And you start claiming, “This is my child.”

I lived in Raipur for a year. One day I saw the neighbor beating his small child, so I rushed into his house and said to him, “What are you doing? I will call the police!”
He said, “What are you talking about? This is my kid! I can do anything that I want to my kid! And who are you?”
I said: “This is not your kid. This is God’s kid. And I can claim as much as you can claim.”
He could not believe what nonsense I was saying. He said, “This is my kid. Don’t you know? – you have been living here for a year.”
He could not understand because of the claim: “This is my kid, and I can do anything that I want to do.”

For centuries parents were allowed to kill their child if they wanted to. They were allowed because the thought that they had given birth was accepted. How can you give birth? You have just been instrumental. Don’t claim; no child belongs to you. All children belong to God, they come from God. You are at most a caretaker. And all good comes from God. If something goes wrong, then certainly you must have distorted it. If evil is born, it is through you.
That’s what Jesus means when he says: And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity. You are claiming that you did miracles, that you did this and that? This very claim makes you irreligious. And Jesus says, “I will have to say to them that I don’t know you at all.”
Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine,
and doeth them,
I will liken him unto a wise man,
which built his house upon a rock…
By doing, not just by praying. Prayer is cheap. One can do it because nothing is at stake. That’s why people have become churchgoers, worshippers. They go to the mosque and the gurdwara and the temple. It is very cheap and easy – the Sunday religion. You go to church for one hour: it is a kind of social formality which you fulfill. And you think you have fulfilled your life, you have fulfilled your meditation, you have fulfilled your innermost passion for God?
…whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock… Only if you do, if you work hard, if you try to transform yourself. A thousand and one times you may fail, but if you go on and on, then success comes. Certainly it comes because it has come to Jesus, it has come to Buddha; it can come to everybody. It is everybody’s birthright. You can have it, but you cannot have it cheaply. You will have to pay for it and you will have to pay with your whole life. Less than that and you will not attain it.
That’s what Gurdjieff means when he says “work.”
And the rain descended, and the floods came,
and the winds blew, and beat upon that house;
and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock.

And every one that heareth these sayings of mine,
and doeth them not,
shall be likened unto a foolish man,
which built his house upon the sand:

And the rain descended, and the floods came,
and the winds blew, and beat upon that house;
and it fell:
and great was the fall of it.
I talked about four dimensions. If you make your house unconsciously you will be making it on sand. If you make your house in time, then you will be making it on the sands. Time is the sand. If you make your house in eternity, in timelessness, in the fourth dimension of turiya, of awareness, of witnessing, then you will be making it on a rock. And if you have made it on a rock, nothing can destroy it; it is immortal, it is deathless. If you have made it on the sand, then anything – any wind, any rain – is going to destroy it. And you will be utterly crushed under it, because you live in that house.
People are making sand castles – with money, with power, with prestige. Unconscious, asleep, snoring, they go on making their houses, not knowing what they are doing. They will be crushed under those houses. …and it fell: and great was the fall of it. Make your house on a rock. And there is no other rock than consciousness. Jesus called one of his disciples “Peter.” The word Peter means “the rock.” He called that certain disciple Peter because he was the most conscious of them all. He told his disciples that Peter would function as the rock for his church.
These are symbolic things. Peter was the most conscious of them all. He called him Peter because he was conscious, because he was like a rock. And he said: “My church will be built on Peter. He will function as the cornerstone, the very foundation of it.” But that church was never made. The church never used Peter as the foundation. The church used Paul as the foundation, and Paul is not christlike at all. Paul is a dangerous fellow.
At first he was against Jesus and he was against the message of Jesus. He was going toward Jerusalem to persecute Christians, and then, on the road, something happened.
This conversion happens sometimes –– it is very psychological. He was so obsessed by Jesus and how to destroy his message that he was continuously thinking about Jesus, dreaming about Jesus. Jesus was his obsession twenty-four hours a day. Moving on the road toward Jerusalem alone one night, he heard a voice as if Jesus had shouted and said, “Why are you persecuting me? Why?” It may have been just his own unconscious: it may have been just his whole obsession that his whole unconscious started feeling. His conscious was against Jesus, and the unconscious always goes against the conscious – it is just the polar opposite. When the conscious was too much against Jesus, the unconscious must have become by and by interested in Jesus. This voice must have come from his innermost core, “Why? Why are you persecuting me?”
Hearing this voice, he fell on the ground in the dust. He was very shocked, and it proved to him that Jesus was powerful. He became converted. His name was Saul; his name now became Paul – he became converted. First he was persecuting Jesus’ disciples… He was not a contemporary of Jesus; Jesus had gone. And now he changed his whole energy. First he was persecuting Christians, now he started converting people to Christianity. This Paul became the foundation of the Vatican church. This Paul had never known Jesus. He had never walked with the master; he was not a contemporary. And this Paul was a dangerous man – obsessed, angry, violent, aggressive. But he converted the world to Christianity, he became the foundation.
Peter was lost, and Peter was the rock chosen by Jesus. And why had he chosen Peter, why had he called him “rock”? – because he was the most conscious. Jesus’ whole message is the message of consciousness. But great work is needed, only then can you make your life on a rock; otherwise you will be building on sand.
Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them… Doing is the question, because only by doing will you attain to being; not by saying, not by thinking. Doing means to be committed to whatsoever you feel is right.
Just the other night a young woman was here and she was saying, “I am already a sannyasin and you are in my heart, but I cannot take sannyas yet.” If I am in your heart, if you think you are already a sannyasin, then why not be committed? Then why not be involved? It is easy to say that you are in my heart – it is very easy. It is very easy to say, “I am already a sannyasin in my heart.” But to become committed, to declare to the world “I am a sannyasin,” is more difficult, takes more courage, needs more guts.
Jesus says, “Unless you do what you think is right, nothing is going to happen.” You can go on thinking and thinking. Thinking never transforms anybody; thoughts are impotent. Only acts are potent, only doings ultimately become your being.
…I will liken him unto a wise man… who doeth what I am saying: …which built his house upon a rock: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock. And there are many winds that will come; there are many rains and floods that will descend. They will all try to shatter your house because life is a challenge, and anything that you attain has to be tested against challenges. The higher you grow, the greater the challenges that will be coming.
…And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock. If you don’t have anything, there will be no challenge. This has to be understood. If you don’t love, there will be no challenge; if you love, there will be great challenge in your life. If you don’t meditate, there will be no challenge; if you meditate, the whole mind will strike against you, will become antagonistic, will try to destroy your meditation. It is a basic law in life that if you try to attain something higher, it has to be tested, it has to pass through many tests and many criteria. Those tests look like winds and floods, and they will strike hard on you. But they are good, because only they will make you strong and crystallized. And only they will show you whether you have built on rock or on the sands.
Remember, only if you do what you feel, think is right, is there going to be any change, mutation – otherwise not. Be a wise man, don’t be a fool. Make something in timelessness. Make something out of your consciousness, so death cannot destroy it. There is something which is deathless, and unless you attain it you will live in agony, suffering and fear. Once it is attained all agony, all misery, all hell disappears. And then there is beauty, and then there is benediction.
Enough for today.

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