Chapter 2: The Mystery beyond Mind
The first thing: it is not only that here this moment you are with me - you have been before. Life is so interrelated, it is a riverlike flow. We divide it into past, present and future, but the division is just utilitarian. Life is not divided. The flow of life is contemporaneous.
The river Ganges at the very source, the river Ganges passing through the hills, the Himalayas, the river Ganges on the plains, the river Ganges falling into the ocean - this is one. It is contemporaneous. The origin and the end, the beginning and the end, are not two separate things - it is one flow. It is not past and future, it is eternal present. This has to be understood very deeply.
You have been with me. You are with me. It is not a question of past. If you can be silent, if you can put your mind aside a little, if you can become a white cloud perched on a hill, not thinking, just being, you will feel it. You have been with me, you are with me, you will be with me. This being with me is not a question of time.
Somebody asked Jesus: “You talk about Abraham - how do you know?” - Because there is a long gap between the days of Abraham and Jesus, thousands of years. And Jesus said a very mysterious sentence, the most mysterious that Jesus ever asserted. He said: “Before Abraham was, I am. Before Abraham was, I am.” Time dissolved.
Life is eternal present. We have been here and now always - forever, forever. Different shapes, different forms, of course, different situations - but we have been always and always.
Individuals are fictions. Life is not divided. We are not like islands, we are one. This oneness has to be felt, and once you feel this oneness time disappears, space becomes meaningless. Suddenly you are transported from both time and space. Then you are - you simply are.
Somebody asked Buddha: “Who are you?” And Buddha said: “I belong to no rank. I just am. I am, but I don’t belong to any rank.”
Right now you can have the glimpse. If you are not thinking, then who are you? Where is time? Is there any past? Is there any future then? Then this moment becomes the eternity. The whole time process is just a long extended now. The whole of space is just expanded here.
So when you ask why I am here, or why you are here, it is because this is the only way of being. I cannot be anywhere else, you cannot be anywhere else. This is how we have become joined together. You may not be able to see it right now. The links are not so clear for you because your own unconscious is not clear for you, because you don’t know yourself in your totality. One-tenth of your being is known to you, nine-tenths is just in darkness.
You are like a forest with a little clearing. Trees have been cut, and a small place has been created in which to live. But just beyond that small clearing the dark forest exists. You don’t know the boundaries of it, and you are so afraid of darkness and the wild animals that you never leave your clearing. But your clearing is just part of this dark forest. You know only a part of your being.