Chapter 5: Two Ladies and a Monk
Soon after the death of Rabbi Moshe, Rabbi Mendel of Kotyk asked one of his disciples: “What was most important to your teacher?”
The disciple thought and then replied: “Whatever he happened to be doing at the moment.”
The moment is the most important thing. So whatsoever you are doing at the moment, if you are on the path of love, do it with deep love, as if you are doing it for God. Make it a sacrifice. The word sacrifice comes from the same root as “the sacred.” Sacrifice means making a thing sacred. If you are on the path of love, make everything that you are doing a sacrifice, a holy thing, as if you are preparing for God. He is to come, the guest is to come and you are doing everything for him.
And, in fact, it is so. The whole of life is a preparation for the guest, and the whole of life is a preparation to become the host, so that when he comes you are ready, when he knocks at the door everything is ready to receive him.
If you are on the path of meditation, then too - this moment is the most important moment. On the path of meditation the past has to be dropped, the future has to be dropped. You have to be just here-now.
So remember, on both paths many things are similar; many things are basic requirements on both paths. But many things are very, very polar opposite.
So please, don’t you try to make a synthesis. You simply follow one path. Whatsoever is essential is similar - that is, to be in the moment, accepting the world as it is, remaining in a mood of celebration. The bhakta, the devotee, goes on celebrating life because God is; and on the path of meditation the sadhak, the yogi, the Zen follower, goes on celebrating because, “I am here, I am.” That very am-ness, that very am-ness, is his celebration.
So don’t be worried. Many questions have come to me full of worries, anxieties, as if, if you follow one path, you will be missing something. Nothing. You will be missing nothing. By following one, you will be following both; by following both, you will not be following either.
Enough for today.