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Chapter 9: Save the Cat

The young lady said, “If he gets too restless, you will simply have to drop dead a few times, that’s all. If he says, ‘Bang!’ you drop dead. Follow the rule - that’s the rule - then he will not be restless. So you have to drop dead a few times, and then he will be happy and there will be no trouble.”

All the commandments are, “Bang! Drop dead!” For real life there is no commandment. You flow in it without any rules, be in it without any rules. You simply be. Why follow rules? Out of your being, everything will happen. These things you say will happen if you are simply there without any rules. Then acceptance will come, let-go will come; then the mind will drop. So these rules cannot be made rules; they are consequences of being spontaneous and total. If somebody follows them, and he has made a commandment that he has to accept everything and then accepts, it is false, because in accepting he has already rejected. If you have to accept something because of the commandment, you have already rejected. Your mind says: Accept! Why accept? Before it has said: Reject. Then rejection has come before the acceptance. But if there is no rejection, how will you be aware of acceptance? You will simply accept and flow.

Become river-like. Become a white cloud floating in the sky, and let the winds take you wheresoever they take. Don’t, don’t follow any rules. This is what I mean when I say: Be a sannyasin. Just be. Your ochre robes, your mala - these are rules. This is a game. This is not what I mean by real sannyas. But you are so accustomed to games that before I lead you to a ruleless life, in the transitory period you will need rules. Moving from this world of rules, of games, to that world without rules and games, a bridge has to be passed. Your orange clothes, your mala, are just for that transitory period. You cannot drop rules immediately, so I give you new rules.

But be fully alert that your robes are not your sannyas, your mala is not your sannyas, your new name is not your sannyas. Sannyas will be there when there is no name; you become nameless. Then there will be no rules. When you will be so ordinary, you will not be recognized. Only then..

But don’t think that now it is okay, so no need to take sannyas and no need to take an orange robe. That is again a trick. You have to pass through this, you have to go through this - you cannot bypass it. And if you try to bypass you will never reach the other shore.

Rules of the world, then rules of sannyas, and then comes a no-rule state. No commandments are needed. Don’t change the old commandments - they are okay as they are. You be, simply be, and follow and flow into the being.

Enough for today.