Chapter 5: Just be here

Question 1



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Question 1

Maneesha has asked:



Yes, Maneesha. Identification with the body, with the mind, with our possessions, with our families, with our friends -- any kind of identification takes you outwards. All your possessions will be outwards: your wife, your husband, your children, your body -- your body is outside you; your mind -- your mind is outside you.

The only thing that is not outside you is the witnessing. Just the watchfulness -- that is your buddha. Identification means losing witnessing, falling into the trap of attachment. That is our misery, that is our slavery.

Now it is time for Sardar Gurudayal Singh.

He seems to be sitting very far away. Just put the light on! Everybody has to see his rainbow-colored turban!

One morning, Mad Melvin, Loony Larry, and Crazy Karl all escape from the Sunnyvale Insane Asylum.

Happy as larks, the three loonies go into town and come upon the construction site of a huge skyscraper. They look around curiously, when suddenly a man in a hard-hat walks up to them.

"Hey, you guys," shouts Klopski, the job foreman. "Get back to work and finish digging that trench!"

The three loonies all smile and nod in unison, then run around and start working on the trench. A couple of hours later, Klopski comes back to see how they are doing. He is shocked to find Mad Melvin digging furiously, while the other two loonies are standing motionless, holding their shovels in the air.

"What the hell are you doing?" screams Klopski at Loony Larry and Crazy Karl.

"We are street-lights," replies Loony Larry.

"You must be nuts! You are fired!" shouts Klopski, sending the two loonies away.

But Mad Melvin stops working immediately.

"No," says Klopski. "Not you, you are working well, just continue your digging."

"What?" cries Mad Melvin. "In the dark?"

The Medical Corporation of America decides that there is only one way to cure AIDS, and that is with money -- lots of money. So they arrange with all three TV networks in America to have a giant AIDS-Telethon, to take place on Saturday night.

The idea is that Rock Hunk, the famous movie star, will make love to five hundred women on TV, while the American public phones in its pledges.

On the big night, Rock Hunk gets up to four hundred and seventy-five women and the money is pouring in. Rockefeller Foundation phones in and donates millions, NASA phones in and donates the funds for the space program. Even Ronald Reagan phones in and donates Nancy's dress fund. Money is pouring in, and it looks like AIDS is going to be cured for sure.

But when Rock gets to four hundred and ninety-five, he passes out. They throw buckets of iced water on him and he staggers to his feet and wobbles over to the next woman. At four hundred and ninety-eight, it looks like he is really finished, but the woman somehow manages to arouse him, and the money keeps pouring in.

But at four hundred and ninety-nine, Rock passes out, and no one is able to wake him up.

The whole country is furious and everyone phones in and takes back their pledges.

Eventually, George Bush, the host of the show, manages to revive Rock and drag him into the office.

"We almost cured AIDS!" cries Bush. "What the hell happened?"

"I just don't understand it!" replies Rock. "Everything went fine this morning at the rehearsal!"

Nancy Reagan is walking into the White House dining room to have lunch with Ronald and discuss their retirement plans. Suddenly Alvin Mindbender, a close family friend, races past Nancy in a sweat and disappears down the hall.

Nancy goes on into the dining room, sits down over a big lunch, and starts chatting to Ronnie.

Meanwhile, in the Oval Office, Alvin Mindbender is frantically phoning all over the country to find Vice President Bush, who is finishing up his presidential campaign tour.

Two hours later, in Santa Fe, New Mexico, Alvin at last gets Bush on the line.

"George, thank God!" cries Alvin. "I've been trying to reach you for two hours! There has been a terrible tragedy at the White House...!"

Meanwhile, back in the White House dining room, Nancy has just finished her banana split dessert. "Now, Ronald," she says, wiping her mouth. "I insist we take down those purple and green striped curtains in your bedroom at the ranch-house...."

Suddenly, Alvin, still sweating buckets, bursts into the room. Seeing Nancy chatting to Ronald, he stops dead in his tracks, and his jaw drops open.

"Holy shit, Nancy!" screams Mindbender. "What the hell are you doing? Ronald died two hours ago!"

Nancy, takes a close look at the senile old president. "My goodness," she says, "how can you tell?"






Be silent. Close your eyes. Feel your body to be completely frozen.

Now, look inwards with your total consciousness, with a great urgency, as if this is going to be the last moment of your life. Deeper and deeper, and you will find the path.

It is a small path, getting out of the mind, getting out of the body, and reaching to the source which is connected with the cosmos. Its only quality is witnessing. So just witness and be a buddha.

A great silence will start falling over you and a deep desire, a deep longing to disappear into the cosmos will be felt for the first time. A great joy -- for no reason at all -- will fill your whole space.

This moment is precious. Even for a moment to be a buddha is a great blessing. If you know to be a buddha even for a single moment, you know it. You can be a buddha twenty-four hours, round the clock. Just remember: being a buddha means being a witness.

Great flowers will start showering on you -- of peace, of bliss, of ecstasy.

To make it more clear, Nivedano...


Relax, but go on holding the witness.

You are not the body, you are not the mind, you are the one who is seeing the body, seeing the mind; and as your witnessing deepens, your separation from others will disappear. The Buddha Auditorium starts becoming a lake of consciousness with no ripples, no distinctions -- just a pure dance of bliss and ecstasy.

Rejoice in it and collect as much experience of witnessing as possible. The fragrance that is surrounding you, the ecstasy -- gather all of them to bring back to the circumference.

From the center to the circumference you have to bring your buddha slowly, slowly. It is a tremendous treasure. You can bring as much as you want, it is inexhaustible.

At this moment you are eternal, you are immortal, you are one with the cosmos.

This evening has been a beautiful evening on its own accord, but you have made it more golden by your silence, witnessing, by your joyfully relaxing into the home.

Before Nivedano calls you back, collect as much fragrance, as many flowers...



Come back, but come back as a buddha, with the same grace, with the same silence, with the same beauty.

Sit down for a few moments, just recollecting where you have been, on what golden path you have moved, forward and backward, and how much of witnessing you have brought from your very life source.

This witnessing has to be carried around the clock.

A day certainly comes when you don't need to meditate, when buddha remains in every circumstance present, fully radiant. All actions are his actions, you are no more. The buddha sings, the buddha dances, the buddha smiles. You have become just a passage for the buddha.

That day is not far away. It can happen any moment. Be prepared. It is not a practice, it is simply creating the right moment for the spring to come and bring all that is possible to your potentiality. Thousands of flowers...

Okay, Maneesha?

Yes, Beloved Master.


Next: Chapter 6: The only hope


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