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Chapter 9: The Pause between Two Notes

Meditate on these lines from Rilke.

I am the pause between two notes
that fall into a real accordance scarce at all
for death’s note tends to dominate.
Both though are reconciled
in the dark interval tremblingly
and the song remains immaculate.

Lines of tremendous significance. “I am the pause between two notes.” death and birth. These are the two notes played on you by the unknown. And “I am the pause between the two notes” - you are the pause, the interval, the gap, between birth and death. Very subtle.

I am the pause between two notes
that fall into a real accordance scarce at all.

It is very rare. Only in a Buddha or in a Christ, death and life fall into real accord.and the melody is born - in a Kabir, in a Mahavira. scarce at all - very rare is the phenomenon when life and death come to an inner harmony: the conflict ceases, the rift is bridged, and both become part of one melody - not in conflict but in cooperation.

I am the pause between two notes
that fall into a real accordance scarce at all
for death’s note tends to dominate.

Life has happened, birth has happened, now death is going to happen. So our life is predominated too much by death - hence everybody is in search of security, safety, insurance: how to avoid death? How to prolong life a little longer? How to be here a little more? How not to die? How to escape from death? Death predominates - hence money becomes so important.

Remember, the importance of money is the importance of death, because money gives you a false sense of security - that you have money, that you have the physicians, that you have the medicine, that you have the bank balance, that you have the life insurance, that you have friends, that you have a good house, that if there is some trouble you are protected. So a person becomes obsessed too much with money: have more and more money, create big China Walls of money around you, so death cannot penetrate.

But nothing can prevent death. Your effort to prevent it simply destroys the opportunity which could have been a great experience, which could have flowered into love. There are only two types of people in the world: death-oriented and love-oriented. Life has already happened, so there is no question about it. Nobody is worried about birth - that has already happened.

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