Chapter 1: We Are What We Think
But we go on rushing into new lies; if old lies are known, we immediately invent new lies. Remember that only lies can be invented; truth cannot be invented. Truth already is! Truth has to be discovered, not invented. Lies cannot be discovered, they have to be invented.
Mind feels very good with lies because the mind becomes the inventor, the doer. And as the mind becomes the doer, ego is created. With truth, you have nothing to do, and because you have nothing to do, mind ceases; and with the mind the ego disappears, evaporates. That’s the risk, the ultimate risk.
You have moved towards that risk. You have taken a few steps - staggering, stumbling, groping, haltingly, with many doubts, but still you have taken a few steps; hence I call you bodhisattva.
And The Dhammapada, the teaching of Gautama the Buddha, can only be taught to the bodhisattva. It cannot be taught to the ordinary, mediocre humanity, because it cannot be understood by them.
These words of Buddha come from eternal silence. They can reach you only if you receive them in silence. These words of Buddha come from immense purity. Unless you become a vehicle, a receptacle, humble, egoless, alert, aware, you will not be able to understand them. Intellectually you will understand them - they are very simple words, the simplest possible. But their very simplicity is a problem, because you are not simple. To understand simplicity you need simplicity of the heart, because only the simple heart can understand the simple truth. Only the pure can understand that which has come out of purity.
I have waited long. Now the time is ripe, you are ready. The seeds can be sown. These tremendously important words can be uttered again. For twenty-five centuries such a gathering has not existed at all. Yes, there have been a few enlightened masters with a few disciples - half a dozen, a dozen at the most - and in small gatherings, The Dhammapada has been taught. But those small gatherings cannot transform such a huge humanity. It is like throwing sugar into the ocean with spoons: it cannot make it sweet, your sugar is simply wasted.
A great, unheard-of experiment has to be done, on such a large scale that at least the most substantial part of humanity is touched by it - at least the soul of humanity, the center of humanity, can be awakened by it. On the periphery, the mediocre minds will go on sleeping - let them sleep - but at the center where intelligence exists a light can be kindled.
The time is ripe, the time has come for it. My whole work here consists in creating a buddhafield, an energy field where these eternal truths can be uttered again. It is a rare opportunity. Only once in a while, after centuries, does such an opportunity exist. Don’t miss it. Be very alert, mindful. Listen to these words not only with the head but with your heart, with every fiber of your being. Let your totality be stirred by them.