Chapter 6: I Exalt the Ordinary
The word God is not God, the word love is not love either. So the poor people who go on thinking about the word God or the word love are simply missing a great opportunity. They may have known what God is, they may have become acquainted with the mysteries of love, but the word is hiding the truth; the word is covering their eyes. The eyes of all knowledgeable people are so covered with theories, theologies, dogmas, creeds, that they cannot see. They are not transparent. And wisdom is a transparency, a vision unclouded - unclouded by all thoughts, unclouded by all dust.
One has to cleanse oneself every moment, because dust tends to gather on the mirror every moment. It is a natural process. While you are sitting here, the mirror in your bathroom is gathering dust. Even in the night when nothing is happening - even the doors of the bathroom and the windows are closed - still some dust is gathering, settling on the mirror, because dust particles are there in the air itself. Every day in the morning you have to clean the mirror.
One has to be even more alert about the inner mind, the inner mirror, the inner capacity of reflection. Each moment you have to clean the dust. I prefer to put it in this way: each moment a sannyasin has to die to the past and be born anew. Then he remains transparent, then his mirror remains clear. Then there is nothing to obstruct his perspective. Then he is neither a Christian nor a Hindu nor a Mohammedan nor a Buddhist. Then he is simply a mirror, just a mirror, a mirroring - mirroring all that is, within and without. Out of that mirroring, wisdom is born.
Wisdom is the flowering of your transparency, of your translucency, of your luminous being. That’s what we are doing here. In fact, the function of the master is to undo what the society has done to you. It is an anti-university, an anti-school, an anti-college, because it is not here to impart knowledge to you but to impart something totally different, something of a different dimension. It is here to create a triggering process in you so that you can get out of your so-called scriptures, words, theories, and you can become just ordinary. You can just become whatsoever you are without any pretensions.
I exalt the ordinariness of consciousness. I am not teaching you the superman here. Friedrich Nietzsche went mad simply because of the idea of the superman. And in India also, Sri Aurobindo, his whole life, was feeding the Indian ego with the idea of the superman, of the supermind, of the supernatural.
All this esoteric nonsense has become such a heavy burden on man that it has to be totally burned - less than that won’t do. A fire is needed so that all that can be burned can be burned, and that which remains will be your only true self.
I am not esoteric, I am not occult, I am not teaching you the other world, I am not teaching you the supernatural, the superman. I am simply exalting the very ordinariness of every human being, the very ordinariness not only of human beings, but of animals, of trees, of rivers, and rocks - this very ordinariness of godliness. To me, godliness and ordinariness are equivalent, synonymous.
If I have to choose I will drop the word God, because it has become really goddamned. Just pure ordinariness.and to live it moment-to-moment, joyously, dancingly, celebratingly. Then wisdom blooms. Then the spring comes and the grass grows by itself.