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Chapter 3: By a Fiery Intention

Are you looking for me?
I am in the next seat:
your shoulder is against mine.
You will not find me in stupas,
nor in Indian shrine rooms,
nor in the synagogue, nor in cathedrals,
not in masses, nor kirtans,
not in legs twisting around the neck,
nor in eating nothing but vegetables.
When you look for me, you will find me instantly.
You will find me in the tiniest house of time.
Kabir says: “Student, tell me, what is God?
He is the breath inside the breath.”
What has death and a thick body dances before
what has no thick body and no death.
The trumpet says, “I am you.”
The spiritual master arrives and bows down
to the beginning student.
Try to live to see this!

Evolution has a logic in it. One thing leads to another, rung by rung, step by step. There is a kind of inevitability. Evolution is mechanical, it is continuous. There are no gaps in it, no leaps in it, nothing new ever happens. Only the old goes on becoming manifest. Evolution moves in one dimension. It is predictable, you could have seen it before. It is very rational, it is sane.

But revolution is more than sanity, it is more than logic. It is not inevitable, it has many surprises in it. It jumps, it leaps, it is a quantum leap. The quantum leap is its basic innermost core.

That’s why I say Karl Marx has no understanding about revolution. His revolution is inevitable; his revolution is something that is going to happen on its own accord, without any intention on man’s part. It is going to happen out of the past by itself, just as a seed becomes a tree: it has to, because the seed already contains the tree. The tree is not really something new, it is contained in the seed, unmanifest, but still it is contained; the seed is the blueprint of it. When the tree arrives it is only a revelation of that which was hidden; it has come into the open. But the tree is not anything really new. There is no revolution between the seed and the tree, there is evolution.

Marx says that the communist revolution is inevitable, it is a natural consequence of capitalism. If it is so, then it is not revolution, then it is simply evolution. Why call it revolution? Revolution means something new happens, something that was not going to happen on its own accord, something that can happen only through human intention, human consciousness. Something that cannot happen without the help of human consciousness, that is revolution. Revolution is a surprise, revolution is a miracle. It should not have happened but it has happened. It is mysterious.

Up to man there has been evolution, from the fish to the man there has been evolution. But from man to a Buddha, from man to a Christ, from man to a Kabir, it is not evolution, it is revolution - the revolution I call it, the only revolution. You will not become a buddha unless you become conscious, unless you prepare the ground for it to happen. It is not like old age: every young man will become old. But every man is not going to become a buddha. You will have to choose it, you will have to work for it, you will have to look for it. A deliberate conscious effort will be needed on your part, only then is there a possibility.

Evolution is inevitable, it has a kind of inexorable logic about it. Revolution has no logic about it. It is a poetic leap, it is from one dimension into another dimension. Evolution is horizontal, revolution is vertical; it penetrates other realms of being.

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