Chapter 4: Man Means Mind
“Is it possible to be conscious of enlightenment...?” Enlightenment is consciousness. Again you use your language; I can understand it, but it is wrong. You cannot be conscious of consciousness; otherwise you will become a victim of infinite regression. Then you will be conscious of your consciousness of consciousness, and so on, so forth, ad infinitum. Then there will be no end: one consciousness, you will be conscious of it; a second consciousness, you will be conscious of it; a third consciousness.and you can go on. No, that is not needed; one consciousness is enough.
So when one is enlightened, one is conscious, but one is not conscious of consciousness. One is perfectly conscious, but there is no object in it. One is simply conscious, as if a light goes on enlightening the emptiness around it. There is no object; there is nothing the light can fall upon, it is pure consciousness. The object has disappeared; your subject has flowered into totality. Now there is no object - and hence, there can be no subject. The object and subject both have disappeared. You are simply conscious. Not conscious of anything, just conscious. You are consciousness.
Let me explain it to you from some other dimension that may be easier to understand. When you love - if you have ever loved - you are not a lover; you become love. Not that you do something: you are not a doer, so how can you call yourself a lover? The right expression will be that “you are love.”
When people come to me and I see great promise in their eyes, I don’t say, “You are promising.” I say, “You are promise.” See the difference: when somebody says to somebody, “You are promising,” it is not much. But, “You are promise” - it has tremendous value in it. When you say to somebody, “You are promising,” you mean that this man appears to have something that you would like, or may be used for some ambition of yours. When a father says to the son, “You are promising” he means, “I wanted to become very rich; I could not do that. You will be able to do it - you are promising.” It is the father’s ambition that he is seeing can be fulfilled through the son.
When I say to you, “You are promise” I have no ambition to fulfill through you. I simply make a statement about you; it has nothing to do with my ambition. I am fulfilled. I am not desiring of any fulfillment through anybody. When I say, “You are promise,” I make a statement of fact about you. It simply shows your potentiality, your possibility.
And see: if you are a musician, and your son is not going to be a musician, has no tendency, no desire, no talent; you will not call him promising. The same son may be promising to a father who is a mathematician, but he is not promising to you. If you are after money, and the son wants to renounce the world, he will not be promising to you; he will be just the opposite. When you call somebody promising, you relate him to your own desires.
When I say, “You are promise” I mean you have a tremendous potentiality to grow, to flower - whatsoever the direction, whatsoever direction you choose to move.