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Chapter 4: Transcendence: The True Therapy

“Rebbenyu,” pleaded the spokesman for the grieving congregants, “please do not leave us without a final word of wisdom. Speak to us for the last time, dear Rabbi.” For a few moments there was no response, and the weeping visitors feared he had passed on to his well-earned reward. But suddenly the rabbi’s lips moved ever so slightly. They bent over him to hear his final words.

“Life is a cup of tea,” he whispered in a faint voice.

The disciples looked at each other in perplexity. What did he mean? What great secret of life was hidden in that mystic statement? For the better part of an hour they exchanged opinions, analyzing the sentence from every conceivable standpoint, but they could not decipher the deeper meaning.

“We must ask him before it is too late,” said the leader. Once again, he leaned over the still figure of the revered sage. “Rabbi, Rabbi,” he called out urgently, “we implore you to explain. Why is life a cup of tea?”

With his last spark of energy, the rabbi lifted his palms and croaked, “All right, so life is not a cup of tea.”

You say, “Is not ego a part of divine play? Who am I to drop it?”

If you are enjoying the divine play, please don’t drop it. And there is one fear also: somebody may pick it up. It is better you keep yours. One to one is more than enough; somebody will have two if you drop it.

And do you understand what is meant by divine play? If you understand it, then where is the ego? If you understand it is all divine play, the ego has disappeared. The ego exists only when you take life seriously. Ego is a very serious phenomenon - false, but serious. If life is a divine play, if you have come to this great wisdom, then where is the ego? Then you are just playing a part, you need not be identified with it. You are acting only. You need not become your acting. Ego simply means you become identified with your part, so much so that you forget that you are separate, you forget that you are consciousness. You become lost in the acting itself, you become it - that’s what ego is.

Ego is not something that you have to drop. Ego is only a misunderstanding. You don’t drop misunderstandings, you simply understand and the misunderstanding is no more there. You don’t drop darkness, you simply bring light in and it is not found at all. Not that first you bring light in, then you catch hold of darkness and throw it out of the house - there is no need. If you are really aware that it is a divine play, that means light has been brought in. Then you cannot ask the second thing.

If it is your understanding that life is a divine play, then you cannot ask, “Who am I to drop it?” Then you are not, you disappear. There is no dropper and nothing to be dropped.

But the first part of your question is not your understanding. So please, if you have dropped it, put it back, because there are so many foolish people, somebody may pick it up.