Chapter 3: Living in Isness
And the rich man said, “You need not worry about others. I give them not because they have worked, I give them because I have too much to give. I am burdened. Can’t I give my money to anybody, to whomsoever I want to give? Can’t I throw my money to the winds? You have received your worth. You have received because you worked, they are receiving because I have so much to give.”
This is a very strange parable; except for Jesus, nobody has told such a thing. Jesus is saying that those who are working hard, those who are cultivating culture, virtue, character, those who are practicing austerities, the doers, they will receive: they will receive according to what they have done. But lovers will also receive, who have not cultivated any virtue, who have not cultivated any austerity, who have simply lived and rejoiced, who have simply prayed, who are not great saints, who may even be known as sinners in the world. They will also receive, and the same amount, because God is compassion. This is something of immense value that Jesus has said. He has opened the doors of grace for people.
That’s what is happening to you - not because you have done anything special to attain it, but because God has so much he goes on showering on anybody who is receptive.
And my work here is to help you to become receptive. My function here is not to teach you how to attain to godliness, but to teach you how to receive godliness when it comes. And it comes.and it comes every day, and it comes every moment. You are just not in a receptive mood, hence you go on missing. It is not according to your saintliness that you will receive it; it is according to your emptiness, receptivity, humbleness.
You cannot earn godliness. It is always a gift, and whenever it comes you will feel unworthy. And it is good to feel unworthy; don’t become focused on it, don’t become obsessed by it. Feeling unworthy, emphasize God’s compassion. Feeling unworthy, see the beauty: that the gift is unconditional, that you cannot claim it yet it has been given to you.
You have heard Jesus’ famous statement: Knock, and the doors shall be opened unto you. Ask, and it shall be given. Seek, and ye shall find..
Once Rabiya, a woman Sufi mystic, was passing and she saw Hassan, another Sufi, praying in the mosque with great fervor, tears rolling down his cheeks, hands raised to the sky. He was crying and weeping and saying to God, “Come, open the door. Let me in.”
This was very usual with Hassan, almost an everyday ritual, five times a day. And he was doing it very sincerely. It was not just a ritual, not a mere ritual; his heart was in it. He was a man of great qualities. And Rabiya had heard him many times, and whenever she heard him she smiled, laughed, and went on her way.