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Chapter 23: Everything Is Just a Play

About the afternoon meditation: Kirtan - singing and dancing - is one of the secret doors, one of the deepest doors. The approach is very basic. The first thing to be understood is: don’t take religion seriously. You can sing and dance in it; long faces are not needed. We have lived with long faces too much and for too long. If you see the old face of God it is sad, and it creates boredom.

Now - and not only now, it has always been so, but more so today - now we need a dancing and laughing God. This seriousness has killed religion. Irreligious people have not killed religion, atheists have not destroyed religion, seriousness has killed religion: the serious faces of the priests and prophets.

Seriousness is a disease. Because of the serious face of religion only diseased people have been attracted to it. Those who are young, alive, dancing and laughing have felt that they are not for religion and religion is not for them. When they become old, diseased, hen life has withered away, when their energies have dimmed, then - when death is coming near - they will seek the divine.

This has proven fatal, and because of this, the whole earth has become nonreligious. Religion must be young, alive, fresh, and it must have a different base. I call that base festivity, celebration, a deep attitude toward happiness.

The afternoon meditation means all these things. You have to dance in an ecstatic mood. Allow your life energy to be flowing, laughing, singing. Celebrate life, don’t try to fight with it. In celebration you will transcend, and you will become the winner.

In the morning meditation we were doing catharsis. When you have gone through catharsis you need something to dance, to sing about. Catharsis is negative: you are just purifying yourself, and when you are ready and purified, feel a deep gratitude. Sing and dance, and completely merge yourself into the dancing and singing. The moment the dancer has disappeared and only the dance remains, you have entered. The moment the singer has disappeared and only singing has remained, you have entered.

Forget the dancer, the center of the ego. Become the dance. That is the meditation. Dance so deeply that you completely forget that you are dancing and begin to feel that you are the dance. The division must disappear. Then it becomes a meditation. If there is division, then it is an exercise: good, healthy, but it cannot be said to be spiritual. It is just a simple dance. Dance is good in itself. As far as it goes, it is good. After it, you will feel fresh, young. But it is not yet meditation. The dancer must go, until only the dance remains.

So what to do? - dance so totally, because division can exist only if you are not total in it. If you are standing aside and looking at your own dance, the division will remain: you are the dancer and you are dancing. Then dancing is just an act, something you are doing. It is not your being. Get involved totally, be merged in it. Don’t stand aside, don’t be an observer - participate!

Let the dance flow in its own way. Don’t force it. Rather, follow it: don’t force it, allow it to happen. It is not a doing but a happening.

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