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Chapter 7: On the Utility of Not-Being

The temple exists in you. If you search your body it exists near the navel. That’s why Hindus became navel gazers. People laugh in the West; whenever somebody meditates they say, “Have you become a navel gazer?” Hindus know in the body.the point of death that the Japanese call hara, Hindus call the temple of the body. They close their eyes and they bring their consciousness to the temple of the body. Your body is a temple because it carries you. And from that temple you enter deeper, and then you find your non-being - that is a greater temple of being. The body becomes the door and when you reach your inner shrine, surrounded by non-being, on the throne is the divine. That is the center of non-being.

Just the other day somebody was asking how it was possible for the inner emptiness to have a center. Yes. It has only the center and no circumference - center everywhere and circumference nowhere. This is illogical.because logic itself is illogical and irrelevant to life. Life has its own logic, and the basis of life’s logic is that opposites are not opposites, they are complementaries.

Emptiness has a center. You see a wheel - in the center there is emptiness, the hub. The wheel is matter, the hub is non-matter. But when you move in, just the reverse is the case: in the hub is the being, and the wheel is of non-being. Non-being is just the aura of your being, the light of your being, the space of your being, the territory of your being. And it is beautiful because it is absolutely empty; it is pure because it is absolutely empty - don’t be afraid of it. In the beginning it looks like death; if you allow it, it becomes resurrection. After every inner death there is resurrection.

That is the meaning of the story of resurrection in Jesus’ life - not that he was physically resurrected, but that he passed through death, the cross, and he came to the innermost life. You have to pass the emptiness - that is the cross. Everybody has to pass it. Nobody else can carry that cross for you, you have to carry your own cross. And unless you do, unless you pass the emptiness, you will not reach the innermost center. At that innermost center you are no more an individual, you have become godliness.

Hindus say, Aham brahmasmi; Hindus say, “I am god.” This saying comes from those who have reached the innermost point, who have passed the non-being part and who have come to the shrine where godliness is and you are not. But you are trying to escape from it, you don’t know how to use it. If you are empty and you have nothing to do you start doing something.anything. You put on the radio or the TV, you study the newspaper, you read a novel, you go to a hotel or you go to the club - you do many things. You can do anything whatsoever, but you cannot just do nothing. People have the idea that if you can’t do something relevant, then do something irrelevant, but don’t sit idle.

Sit empty. Just sitting empty one comes to the greatest encounter of life - one encounters one’s own death. If you can pass that, if you can pass that dancing, happy, enjoying it, if you can be nourished even by emptiness, then nothing can destroy you - you have attained to the eternal, the non-destructible, the deathless.