Chapter 16: The Great Dance of Suchness
For example, you are serving an old man or an ill man. If you can make it a meditation, if you can make it a prayer; if you can see the divine, that, in that old, ill man; if you serve not to achieve anything, you serve to be in deep meditation - in this moment your service becomes meditation. Then it becomes karma. If you want to achieve anything out of it, it will create a chain of cause and effect.
If you want this old man - he may even be your father - to have property, a bank balance, if your eyes are on the bank balance, then it is not karma. But the bank balance can be there in many shapes: you may be serving this old man to achieve heaven; that again is a bank balance. You may be serving this old man because you have been taught that service leads to God; then again it is a sort of bank balance. You are not here. Your mind is somewhere else.
When karma is totally here and now, when your mind is not moving anywhere else into the future, then it doesn’t create any chain. In this very moment it becomes a meditation.
These three - tapas - austerities; daman - self-restraint; and karma - dedicated work; form the support. The Vedas are its limbs(
Veda is a beautiful word: it simply means knowledge. Whatsoever has been known about the Brahman, wherever, it is all vedas. So I call the Bible a Veda and I call the Koran a Veda; to me there are thousands and thousands of Vedas. And whenever a person becomes enlightened, whatsoever he says is a Veda. So the Vedas are not only four. The word veda comes from vid; vid means to know. And wherever this knowing is accumulated, wherever this knowing is symbolized, it becomes a Veda.
The Vedas are its limbs and truth its abode.
These three things have to be remembered: make intense effort so that an inner heat is born and changes you chemically; be in a self-restraint so that you become more self-centered, unmoving, unwavering, centered, rooted; and make your work a karma - a dedicated prayer, a meditation. Try to know all that has been known before. Not that through it you will come to truth, but all that will become a help. It can also become a barrier if you become too much attached to it. Otherwise, it will be a help, an indicator.
Ultimately truth is the abode - and truth means that. And that comes to you when you live a life of suchness.
One who realizes it - knowledge of Brahman - thus destroys sin and is well established in Brahman, the infinite, the blissful and the highest.