Chapter 16: Surrender Is the Thing
When you surrender the door opens. So don’t bother much where to surrender, simply think about more and more surrendering. That’s why even before a stone statue it can happen, or before a tree it can happen. It happened before the bodhi tree; that’s why Buddhists have been preserving that tree for so long, because it happened before the tree itself. Just the feeling that Buddha attained under this tree and you surrender to the tree.
Surrender is the thing, everything else is just a help toward it. If you can find a right master, so far so good; if you cannot find one, don’t bother much. Surrender anywhere you like, but let the surrender be total. If the surrender is partial, even a Jesus or Buddha cannot help you. If the surrender is total, then even if they are not there, any ordinary man can also be helpful to you.
This emphasis has to be remembered, otherwise the mind goes on playing tricks. It thinks, “How should I be certain that this master is right? Unless I am certain, how can I surrender?” And you cannot be certain before you surrender, there is no way to be certain. If you want to be certain about the taste of the food, then the taste of the pudding is in its eating. How can you be certain without eating it? There is no way.
You have to eat Jesus, you have to drink Jesus, that’s the only way. You will be transformed because you believed, because you trusted and surrendered, and then many hidden dimensions will be open to you. The life that you see is not all; it is such a minute, atomic part of the whole. The pleasures that you have known are just rubbish. Not even a single ray exists in them of the bliss that is possible, that is your birthright.
All that you have accumulated is junk, if you can come to know the real treasure that is hidden within you. All your life is a begging, and the emperor waits just within your heart. This is what Jesus calls the kingdom. Don’t be a beggar, you can be kings! But then one has to dare. A beggar need not dare, but to become a king one has to dare and pass through transformation. Surrender is the gate.
I will repeat the words:
Whoever is near to me is near to the fire, and whoever is far from me is far from the kingdom.
Come to me, for easy is my yoke and my lordship is gentle.
Whoever drinks from my mouth shall become as I am and I myself shall become he, and the hidden things shall be revealed to him.
Enough for today.