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Chapter 8: The Silence That Follows the Storm

Then will come a calm such as comes in a tropical country after the heavy rain.. And in the deep silence the mysterious event will occur which will prove that the way has been found.

Only by passing through the storm will you come to a spot within you which comes .in a tropical country after the heavy rain. Remember this deeply. It will be of much help to you.

With every suffering, you are creating the possibility of ecstasy. Ecstasy will follow right after it. But if you are too engaged with the suffering, you may miss it. If you are ill, after the illness a moment of health, a moment of well-being, will come to you. But you can be too concerned with the illness, so that when the moment comes you are so engrossed, involved in the past illness - which is no longer there - you may miss that moment. And the moment is momentary; you can miss it very easily. It is atomic.

After every pain, the moment comes and visits you. After every suffering, ecstasy comes to your door and knocks, but you go on missing it because the past is so heavy. You are still ill even after the illness has gone. It continues in your memory, it clouds your mind, and you miss that atomic moment.

Remember this: whenever you are depressed, wait for the moment that the depression goes. Nothing lasts forever: the depression will go. When the depression leaves you, wait - be aware and alert - because after the depression, after this night, there will be a dawn, the sun will rise. If you can be alert in that moment, you will be happy that you were depressed. You will be grateful that you were depressed because only through that depression, this possibility; only through that depression, this moment of happiness.

But what do we do? - we move in an infinite regression. We get depressed, and then we get depressed because of the depression: a second depression follows. If you are depressed, that’s okay, nothing is wrong in it. It is beautiful because through it you will learn and mature. But then you feel badly: “Why do I get depressed? I should not get depressed.” Then you start fighting with the depression. The real depression is good, but the second depression is unreal - and this unreal depression will cloud your mind. You will miss the moment that would have followed the real depression.

When depressed, be depressed. Simply be depressed. Don’t get depressed about your depression. When depressed, simply be depressed. Don’t fight it, don’t create any diversion; don’t force it to go. Just allow it to happen, it will go by itself. Life is a flux, nothing remains. You are not needed: the river moves by itself, you are not to push it. If you are trying to push it, you are simply foolish. The river flows by itself - allow it to flow.

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