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Chapter 19: Relish the Mystery in the Depths of Your Heart

Now he has forgotten what he was saying. In fact, because that saying is not coming from his inner-most being - it is just his mental gymnastics - he has forgotten that he has defined body and mind as ‘stupa’ and that he has defined fasting as, ‘regulating your body, disciplining your body’.

Now from where comes this idea: once you stop eating the food of delusion? It was not in the very definition of the metaphor. Food was not brought in.

If you stop eating the food of delusion. And is there any food that is not of delusion? Buddha also eats the same bread as you eat and Buddha also drinks the same water as you drink. If you touch it again. Not even eating, but just touching and it is delusion! What harm is there in touching a delusion? A delusion does not exist, you cannot touch it. But if you touch it again, you break your fast. He has forgotten the metaphor that he explained before. Now, even if you touch the delusion food, you have broken your fast.

And once you break it, you reap no blessing from it. The world is full of deluded people who don’t see this. They indulge their body and mind in all manner of evil. They give free rein to their passions and have no shame. And when they stop eating ordinary food, they call it fasting. How absurd!

I agree only with the last: How absurd!

It’s the same with worshipping. You have to understand the meaning and adapt to conditions. Meaning includes action and non-action.

He is just trying to deceive people - bringing in words which have no relation at all.

Worship means reverence and humility.

That is true.

It means revering your real self and humbling delusions.

But if you know your real self, where will you find the delusions? Both cannot exist together. Either you are awake - then the dreams are no more there - or the dreams are there and you are not awake. The man who knows his real self has no delusions. But he has got into a mess and he is trying hard to get out of it, but he is getting deeper and deeper into it.

If you can wipe out evil desires and harbor good thoughts, even if nothing shows, it is worship.