Chapter 3: Only the Buddhas Know How to Flow
The first question:
This poem is by Robert Graves:
Those who dare give nothing
are left with less than nothing;
Dear Heart, you give me everything,
which leaves you more than everything -
though those who dare give nothing
might judge it left you nothing.
Giving you everything,
I too, who once had nothing,
am left with more than everything
as gifts for those with nothing
who need, if not our everything,
at least a loving something.
What is the source of your infinite spring of giving?
The source is always the same. We are just like rays of the same sun. The source of existence is what we call God; it is better to call it the ultimate source. From there everything comes, and to there everything returns.
But the man who starts thinking himself separate from the source is bound to become miserly. Not knowing that he is part of the source, he becomes very small, afraid to give. Then his mathematics is: if you give you will have less; if you go on giving, one day you will be a beggar.
Not knowing about the infinite source is the cause of our miserliness. And to be a miser is to be in misery, because the person who cannot give becomes incapable of receiving. The person who cannot give becomes closed - he is afraid to give. He has to be very cautious to keep his windows and doors closed, tightly closed, so nothing escapes from him. But these are the same doors from where things come. If you keep your doors closed, the sunrays will not reach you, the wind will not come to you; you will not be able to see the stars and the flowers, and the fragrance will not float into your being. The miserly person is bound to be in misery - he is cut off. He lives as if he were a tree without roots, ungrounded, uprooted. His life is nothing but a process of slow dying; he does not know anything of abundant life.
Jesus says to his disciples, “Come, follow me and I will give you abundant life.” What does he mean by abundant life? He simply means that if your ego can be surrendered, if you can drop the idea of being separate from existence, in that very dropping you become open - open to give, open to receive. And the ultimate miracle is: the more you give, the more you receive; the more you give, the more you become worthy of receiving.