Chapter 21: Become a Gardener
The search is for a deathless existence. And that existence is within you; you are within you. That’s why you cannot touch yourself - hands cannot move inward, they move outward, they have been invented to manipulate the outside world; legs cannot travel inward, there is no need, there is no space to travel; eyes cannot see within, no need - because your being has invented this whole mechanism in order to exist with things, persons, the outside.
Inside, nothing is needed. Inside, you are perfect. Inside, nothing is to be done, everything is as it should be, it is already the case.
The search is for this inner being, and that inner being is omnipotent. No power can become a substitute for it. You may become a Napoleon or a Hitler or anybody you imagine, but you will remain powerless. Unless you become a Buddha or a Jesus, you cannot become omnipotent, you cannot be all-powerful. You may become an Einstein or a Bertrand Russell, but you cannot be all-knowing. You may collect as much information as you can, but your inner ignorance will remain the same unless you become a Jesus, a Zarathustra; then you become all-knowing.
The search is for omnipotence, omniscience, omnipresence. Remember these three words. They are derived from a Sanskrit root, aum. In Sanskrit, aum is the symbol for the whole universe. It carries three basic sounds: a-u-m. Through these three basic sounds all the sounds have evolved. So aum is the basic sound, the synthesis of all the basic roots. That’s why Hindus have been saying that aum is the secret mantra, the greatest mantra, because it implies the whole existence.
The three English words, omnipresent, omnipotent, omniscient, are derived from aum. They mean one who has become as powerful as aum, one who has become as knowing as aum, one who has become as present as aum; one who has become universal, one who has become the all. And unless the all is achieved, there cannot be any contentment, there cannot be a deep, ultimate satisfaction. You will remain a beggar, and you will go on begging from one life to another; you will move like a beggar, you cannot be the emperor.
Now, we should try to penetrate these beautiful words of Jesus. He is saying very strange things.
If you bring forth that within yourselves, that which you have will save you. If you do not have that within yourselves, that which you do not have will kill you.
Very strange! He says: If you bring forth that which is already within yourselves - if you allow it to grow, if you help it to manifest, to unfold, that which is already there, the mustard seed. It is already there; the seed of the divine, the seed of the kingdom of God is already there. If you help it, if you allow it to grow.that which you have will save you. You already have it, it will save you. But if you miss. If you do not have that within yourselves, that which you do not have will kill you.