Chapter 3: A Seeker of Silences
For twelve years he has labored - insisting, emphasizing, knocking on each door - “Don’t be worried, my ship is coming.” But for twelve years people have been listening to the same thing: “My ship is coming, my ship is coming,” and it never comes, and nobody knows from where, and nobody knows that there exists another shore.
How deeply he has longed to convince these people, “This is not your real home. Shall my eve, my evening, be called in truth my dawn? My last words, my departure is going to be the evidence of my truth.”
This is not only about Almustafa - this is about all the mystics of the world. The day of departure, their evening - only when they are going to leave do people recognize. Such is the blindness of humanity; such is the insanity of the world.
But he is not complaining. On the contrary, he is immensely concerned about one thing:
And what shall I give unto him who has left his plough in the midfurrow, or to him who has stopped the wheel of his winepress?
The man of realization has no complaint, no grudge. And the world has never treated these people humanely - not even superficially. The world has always treated them inhumanely, barbarously. They crucified Jesus, and now half the world is Christian.
Nobody listened to Gautam Buddha. In the land of the origin of Buddha’s enlightenment, Buddhism completely disappeared. This country goes on claiming to the whole world, “We are the country of Gautam Buddha,” and there is not a single Buddhist, even in the temple which was made in Gautum Buddha’s memory at the spot where he became enlightened. He was against - as every man of truth is going to be - the priests, because they are exploiting people in the name of religion. He was against the past because the past is past; you have to live in the present, and if the past is too heavy on you, you are going to miss this moment.
It is a small moment. You have to be very fresh, unburdened, unprejudiced.
Before Gautam Buddha, India was nothing but a pseudo-religious empire of brahmins. He was absolutely against the brahmins, the priests. He was against the Vedas because if you look into them, ninety-eight percent is rubbish. And you have been worshipping them.