Chapter 7: It Will Devour You Too
If you don’t understand desire you will go on changing your objects of desire. And the desire will continue the same. And you will be in the grip of it.
This is a very unconscious state. You are suffering from desire, but you think you are suffering from things. People think they are suffering from their wives, from their husbands, children, society, people. No. Not at all. You are suffering only from one thing: desire.
Come to the root cause of it, and try to understand the root cause. And my emphasis is on understanding. I am not saying do something about it. I am not saying don’t desire - no, not at all. I will be the last person to say don’t desire. I am saying something totally different: Look into desire. Meditate on desire. Go deep into it. see it as deeply as possible. Layer upon layer, penetrate into it. Penetrate to the very core of it.
In that very penetration there comes a renunciation which is not of your making. There comes a renunciation which is a gift. And because it comes out of understanding you need not cultivate it, you need not practice it. Its very coming is transforming. You go through a mutation.
Let this be your criterion forever: that that which you do is going to remain superficial - you are superficial, how can you do anything in depth? Your doing is not going to help. Your doing has been your undoing up to now. No more of it. Now change the emphasis. It is not a question of doing.
Sannyas is not a question of doing: it is a question of awareness, understanding, observation, witnessing. Witness desire.
Below man, there is no desire. There are no needs. They are momentary. The tiger is hungry, he searches for the prey. When he is not hungry, there is no desire.
One day, a tiger and a hare entered into a restaurant. And the tiger asked for Coca-Cola. The waiter asked the hare, “What would you like? And your friend has asked only for Coca-Cola - is he not hungry?”
The hare said, “What are you asking? If he was hungry, should I be here? He would have breakfasted long before. He is not hungry - that’s why I am with him.”