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Chapter 2: In the Arms of the Moon

So this is part of the device: that one day I am speaking on meditation, another day I am speaking on love. I would like you to taste both because that taste will be decisive. Only that will decide which your path is - where you feel really flowing, where you feel really spontaneous. Where things happen on their own accord and you need not force them - that is your path. But how to know it?

When you listen to me when I am talking about love, you will be impressed by it, but that is not going to decide it. Just being impressed is not going to help. It is a sort of hypnosis. When I am chanting and singing about love you will be hypnotized by it. You will start thinking, “Yes, this is my path.” But this is just a wave created by me. It may be your wave, it may not be your wave - and you cannot know it.

And your whole life has been conditioned so much by others that you have become very impressionable. You immediately take the imprint from the outside. If you listen to me on meditation, you will be impressed by that. That is why ordinarily masters have not done that which I am doing here. They continually only insist on one path for their whole lives. But then many people follow that path only because their master has continually and consistently impressed them so much about it that they follow. That may not be their path. Hence, my absolutely new effort.

I will be talking on all sorts of paths and all sorts of methods. In the beginning it will be very confusing but that is meant to be so. I would like to confuse you so much that you forget all about being impressed by somebody. My whole effort is to throw you back to yourself. How long can you go on doing this? One day you are thinking of meditation and then I talk about love; you start thinking about love. Again I will talk about meditation and again the problem will arise. How long are you going to be impressed by me? One day or other you will say, “Now I have to decide. This man will drive me crazy!”

J. Krishnamurti says, “Don’t be impressed by anybody,” but he is a very consistent man, very consistent. And his consistency becomes a deep imprint on his followers. He goes on saying, “Don’t be impressed by anybody” - but he has been saying that for forty years so consistently that people have even become impressed about it. They say, “Because Krishnamurti says, ‘Don’t be impressed by anybody,’ we are not going to be impressed by anybody” - but this is the impression.

What I am doing is exactly what Krishnamurti is saying. I am doing it; he is simply saying it.

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