Chapter 3: The “I” Cannot Belong to You
But you have lost confidence and this trick is just to give you your confidence back. You have forgotten your own possibility. You have forgotten who exists within you; that tremendous energy is hidden within you, you have forgotten. Someone else is needed to tell you. You have the treasure and you have forgotten it. I cannot give you the treasure: you are the treasure. I can simply show it to you, just give you an indication.
When Jesus says, “I will deliver you, I will liberate you,” or Buddha says, “I am your path, your way,” when Krishna says to Arjuna, “Surrender to me and I will do everything for you,” these are all tricks to help those who have forgotten themselves. But the promise is true because it happens. Not that someone helps you - your own energy comes into being, your own energy becomes vital, your own sources are tapped, your own being becomes active.
But you cannot understand the language of no-I. Hence, I have spoken in terms of I: “I have come not to teach, but to awaken.” No one has come, no one can come. We have always been here, you and I. I cannot come, I cannot go. There is nowhere to go and nowhere to come from. We have been in existence, we have existed always. And who am I to teach you or awaken you? But you have forgotten your own potentiality, your own possibility, and some trick is needed to throw you back to yourself.
And remember, I am not doing this because I have much compassion for you. No, I have nothing of the sort. I have no compassion at all for you. You do not need compassion. You are not slaves, you are not poor, you are not beggars. You are divine in your own right; you are as divine as any Krishna or any Buddha. Nothing is lacking there. Everything is present and you are fast asleep. And when I speak or when I teach or when I appear to do something, it is not that I feel compassion for you - no. This is just how it happens within me to play this.
This again is just a play. I enjoy doing it; you need not be grateful toward me. I enjoy it. You need not be at all in any debt toward me. I enjoy it, I love it. It is just as if a flower flowers and you pass nearby and the flower gives you a gift of its perfume. Just like that something has flowered within me and you pass near me and I present you a gift. If you take it I am grateful toward you; if you refuse it, you are your own master.
Really, if this attitude can penetrate deep within you, then there is no master and no disciple. Then relationship disappears. It must disappear. Only when there is no master and no disciple and the relationship disappears does the divine start functioning.
When I am the master and you are the disciple, a duality exists. And there are so-called masters who go on forcing upon you that you are the disciple and they are the masters, that they are higher and you are lower, and they create a hierarchy. Really, they create a politics around it. That type of master will not be of much help. They may be harmful, because they are not giving you that which already belongs to you. They are again creating an illusion.