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Chapter 4: To Become Free in an Unfree Society

Time is not running short. Time is eternal; there is no hurry. Existence moves in a very lethargic way. Existence moves very slowly, just like the Ganges flows in the plains - slow, as if not flowing at all. Still it reaches the ocean.

Time is not short, don’t be in a panic. Time is enough. You relax. If you relax, even the longest path will become the shortest. If you are in a panic, even the short path will become very long - because in panic, meditation is impossible. When you are in a panic, in a hurry, the very hurry is the barrier. When I say, “Take the jump” - and you can take the jump immediately - I am not talking about shortcuts or longcuts. I am not talking about the way at all, because a jump is not a way. A jump is a courageous moment - it is a sudden phenomenon.

But I don’t mean that you can do it right now. I will go on insisting, “Take the jump immediately, as soon as possible.” This insistence is just to help you to prepare for it. Someday you may be ready. Somebody may be ready right now - because you are not new; for many lives you have already been working. When I say, “Take the immediate jump,” there may be someone who has been working for many lives, and just standing on the brink, on the abyss, and afraid. He may gather courage and take the jump. Somebody who is very far away, thinking that the immediate jump is possible, will gather hope and start walking.

When I say something, it is a device to help many sorts of people in many sorts of situations. But my path is not a short cut, because no path can be a short-cut. The very word is deceptive. Life knows no shortcuts because life is not in a hurry. God knows no shortcuts. God is not in a hurry - eternity is there.

You can work it out slowly. And the more patiently, the more slowly, the more unhurriedly you work, the sooner you will reach. If you can be so patient, so infinitely patient that you are not worried about reaching at all, you may reach right now.

Enough for today.