Chapter 13: Tomorrow Never Comes
The thirteenth saying:
Jesus said: If those who lead you say to you, “See, the kingdom is in heaven,” then the birds of heaven will precede you.
If they say to you, “It is in the sea,” then the fish will precede you.
But the kingdom is within you and it is without you.
If you will know yourselves, then you will be known and you will know that you are the sons of the living father.
But if you do not know yourselves, then you are in poverty and you are poverty.
The kingdom of God has been preached as if it is always somewhere else in time, in space, but always somewhere else; not here and now. Why has this happened? Why is the kingdom of God not here and now? Why in the future, or why somewhere else?
It is because of the human mind. The human mind disappears in the present. It lives in the future, in the hope, in the promise of the future; it moves through desire. Desire needs time, desire cannot exist if there is no time. If suddenly you come to a moment where you realize that time has disappeared, that now there is no time, no tomorrow, what will happen to your desire? - It cannot move, it disappears with time.
Basically time is not a physical phenomenon, it is psychological. Time is not there outside you, it is the very functioning of your mind that creates time. A Jesus lives without time; you live in time. Hence, all the buddhas - Jesus is a buddha, an enlightened person - have been emphasizing, “Be desireless! Then suddenly the gates of heaven are open for you.” But to be desireless you have to be here and now, because then there is no bridge to move into the future, to move anywhere; then there is no bridge. Desire is the bridge.
Mind needs time, mind cannot exist without time. The more time you have, the more ground mind has to play, to fool around. Then it can make many, many desires and dreams, and live in those desires and dreams. Priests have always been talking as if heaven is in the future because only the future can be understood by the mind, and only because of that future can you be exploited. And you also feel at ease:
I have heard that in a church the minister was praising the kingdom of God and he said, “There are streets of gold and fields of emeralds!” And he praised as much as he could and then he asked, invited, “Who would like to go there?” All the hands were raised except one old man’s. The minister couldn’t believe it. Why has this old man not raised his hand? He should be the first, because he is just nearing death.