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Chapter 10: Beyond Cause and Effect

Outwardly you may seem to others to be a drunkard - don’t worry. Perhaps people outside will misunderstand your ecstasy and think it is insanity or unconsciousness. You needn’t bother about them: the real test is within you. If your consciousness is growing you needn’t bother; let the world understand whatever it wants to.

Listen to these lines of Mazaz:

There is messiahhood in my words,
People say I’m sick.
Recognize well, I am a secret,
I am an admirer of the crop of love.
Love and only love is my world,
I have turned my face away from the bother of the intellect.
The evil that was in Hafiz and in Omar Khayyam
Yes, I am guilty of that too to some extent.
What is life? Adam’s sin? -
If life is this then I am a sinner.
There is messiahhood in my words,
People say I am sick.

People said that Jesus too was just sick, only with great reluctance did they call him messiah. People also called Socrates insane, and they poisoned him. People never thought Mansoor was intelligent, otherwise why did they execute him? And I have told you the story of Ashtavakra: his very father got so angry that he cursed him, saying that his body would be deformed in eight places.

Jesus was on the earth for thirty-three years before he was crucified. Socrates was already old when he was poisoned. Stones were thrown at Mahavira and Buddha, it is true. But consider Ashtavakra: he was not even born and he was already cursed. He was still in the womb and he was deformed for life. And if someone else had done it, it would be forgivable - but his very father did it. The one who was the cause of his life got angry.

The message of enlightenment does not fit with people. The truth troubles people. An ecstatic person fills people with uneasiness. If you are unhappy no one is disturbed - just enjoy being unhappy. People say, suffer to your heart’s content, there’s no harm - this is exactly how it should be. If you laugh, people become restless. Laughing is not acceptable. People suspect that you are mad. Does a sensible person ever laugh? Do you ever see a wise man laughing? Do you see intelligent people dancing or singing a song? An intelligent person is serious, his face is long, his mood is sad. We call them great saints, great mahatmas: the more sick a person is the greater a saint he becomes. If someone sits like a corpse, sick, poverty-stricken - people say, what asceticism, what renunciation!

I once went to a village and some people brought a saint to meet me. They said, “He is very miraculous: he only rarely eats, he rarely sleeps. He is very quiet, he speaks very little. And his asceticism is so powerful that his face has become like pure gold.”