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Chapter 2: A Boundless Drop to a Boundless Ocean

Fain would I take with me all that is here. Nothing can be taken - and there is so much! But how shall I? The moment you pass the boundary of this life into the universal you have to leave everything behind. You cannot take anything with you except yourself. That’s why all intelligent people in the world have been only interested to know about themselves, to find themselves - because that is the only thing you have brought into the world and that is the only thing you are going to take out of the world.

All else belongs to the world. Nothing belongs to you.

A voice cannot carry the tongue and the lips that gave it wings. Alone must it seek the ether.

The tongue and the lips gave birth to the voice, the song, the poetry, but the song cannot take with it the lips, the tongue. The song will have to leave them behind. Alone must it seek the ether, this eternal infinity of space.

And alone and without his nest shall the eagle fly across the sun.

You cannot take your nest. You have built it, it was cozy. In rain, in winter, in summer, it protected you. But you cannot take it with you. You cannot take those who loved you, you cannot take those you had always thought that you cannot live without. It was your love nest.

Alone - and absolutely alone - the eagle has to fly across the sun. There is no possibility for the eagle to carry any luggage, howsoever precious.

All these thoughts suddenly became very prominent. They were never so before. Before, he was thinking how to get out of this madhouse that we call the world; how to get out of this insane crowd that surrounds you.

But now that the moment has come and you are able, suddenly you realize you will be left alone, and you have never been alone. You were born in a family, in a society, in a tradition, in a religion, in a country. You have grown with millions of people around you and suddenly you have to leave everything, without any discrimination.

The idea of renunciation arose out of such experiences. If Mahavira renounced his kingdom. He was going to be the successor of his father. His younger brother tried to persuade him: “You are going to be the king. Why are you going away?”

And the answer was, “It is only a question of time. One day, one has to go alone. Tomorrow is uncertain; hence I have to go right now. And you are here to be the king - you be the king.” And he was so total in his renunciation that he renounced even clothes. He went naked.

Only three names are worth remembering. One is Mahavira of India, another is Diogenes of Greece, and the third is Lalla of Kashmir. They renounced everything, for a simple reason: when it is going to be taken away, it is more prestigious to throw it away. When it is certain, absolutely certain to be taken away, then why unnecessarily carry the burden and the problems and the puzzles that will be created by the burden?

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