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Chapter 5: The Master of Masters

Once you feel this whole absurdity of the mind.. It leads you into desire: desire leads you into frustration. It leads you into success: every success becomes a failure. It also attracts you towards beauty, and every beauty proves ugly. It leads you on and on; it never fulfills any promise. It gives you promises but no, not even a single promise is fulfilled. It gives you doubt: doubt becomes a worm in the heart - poisonous. It does not allow you to trust, and without trust there is no growth. When you understand this whole thing, only then can you become a disciple.

When you come to a master, symbolically you put your head to his feet. This is dropping your head: this is putting your head to his feet. Now you say, “Now I will remain headless. Now, whatsoever you say will be my life.” This is the surrender. A master has disciples who are ready to die and be reborn.

Then there is the third - a master of masters. A teacher of students first; a master of disciples second; and then the third, a master of masters. Patanjali says when a master becomes a god - and to become a god means one who transcends time; for whom time does not exist, ceases to exist; for him there is no time; one who has come to understand the timelessness, the eternity; who has not only changed and become good, who has not only changed and become aware, but who has gone beyond time - he has become a master of masters. Now he is a god.

What will he be doing then, a master of masters? This stage comes only when a master leaves the body - never before it. Because in the body you can be aware, in the body you can realize that there is no time. But the body has a biological clock. It feels hunger and, after a time gap, again hunger; satiety and hunger, sleep, disease, health. In the night the body has to go to sleep; in the morning it has to wake. The body has a biological clock. So the third master happens only when a master finally leaves the body - when he is not to come back to the body again.

Buddha has two terms. The first he calls nirvana, enlightenment; when Buddha became enlightened but remained in the body. That is enlightenment, nirvana. Then after forty years he left the body; he calls it the absolute nirvana - mahaparinirvana. Then he became a master of masters, and he has remained a master of masters.

Every master, when he leaves the body permanently, when he is not to come back again, becomes a master of masters. Mohammed, Jesus, Mahavira, Buddha, Patanjali, they have remained masters of masters, and they have continuously been guiding masters, not disciples.

Whenever somebody becomes a master on the path of Patanjali, immediately there is a contact with Patanjali whose soul floats in the infinite, the individual consciousness which he calls God. Whenever a person following Patanjali’s path becomes a master, enlightened, immediately there is a communication with the original master who is now a god.

Whenever somebody following Buddha becomes enlightened, immediately a relationship comes into existence. He is suddenly joined with Buddha - Buddha who is no longer in the body, Buddha who is no longer in time and no longer in space, but still is; Buddha who has become one with totality, but still is.

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