Chapter 1: Discontent Is Divine
A man came to me and he said, “In our religion we believe that there are fourteen heavens. Mahavira has reached only up to the fifth; Buddha up to the sixth; Jesus, Mohammed, etcetera, only up to the fourth; Kabir, Nanak, up to the seventh. And my guru,” the man said - he belonged to the Radhaswami sect - “my guru has reached to the fourteenth.”
I said to the man, “Yes, I know. I have seen him in the fourteenth, because I have reached to the fifteenth. I am acquainted with the guy.”
He said, “Fifteenth? But in our scriptures there are only fourteen heavens, not fifteen.”
I said, “How can there be fifteen in your scriptures? - because your teacher has reached only up to the fourteenth!”
Foolish people! But they go on knowing how many heavens there are and how many hells there are. Jainas believe in seven hells. They have thrown Krishna into the seventh because he was the cause of the great war, Mahabharata. He persuaded Arjuna, his disciple, to fight and kill people. He was the cause of great violence so they have thrown him into the seventh, into the last. But in the days of Mahavira, one of the disciples of Mahavira, Makkhali Gosal, revolted against the master and declared that there are not seven hells but seven hundred.
People go on talking nonsense - seven and seven hundred - and they are not aware about their own inner life, from where this breath comes, to where this breath goes. They are not aware of the closest truth of their being, and they go on talking about ultimate things. This talking about ultimate things is simply to avoid the real problems of life. This is a strategy of the mind to keep you occupied with utter nonsense. Beware of the mind and its cunning ways!
Buddha says: “Everything arises and passes away.” When you see this. He is not saying, “Believe this.” He is not saying, “I have become the enlightened one, so whatsoever I say you have to believe.” He is not saying, “Because scriptures are in my favor you have to believe me.” He is not saying, “Because I can prove it logically you have to believe in me.”
See the beauty of the man. He says: When you see this, you are above sorrow. In that very moment when you have seen this - that everything is momentary and everything is a flux and everything is bound to change. Do whatsoever you want to do, but nothing is going to become permanent in this life. When you have seen this with your own eyes, and you have understood it through your own intelligence, suddenly you are beyond sorrow.
What happens? A great revolution happens in that seeing; that very seeing is the revolution. Then you don’t cling. The moment you see that it is a soap bubble you don’t cling to it. In fact, clinging to it will force it to burst sooner; if you don’t cling to it, it may remain there dancing in the wind for a while. The non-clinger can enjoy life; the clinger cannot enjoy life.
Gussie had lived a good life, having been married four times. Now she stood before the Pearly Gates.