Chapter 5: Her Only Companion Is Her Own Being
Fools also take risks. Often they take the risk immediately. A wise man will take a risk only after consideration, an idiot simply jumps in. Where wise men hesitate, fools rush in. But what will happen just by taking a risk? - the risk itself will not save anyone. Risk is needed, but risk alone is not enough.
To save someone is not a risk at all for one who knows, yet to you it may appear to be a risk. One who knows how to save does not even think of it as a risk. Someone who has found the bank of awareness will not lose it even in the deepest waters.
The third minister saved the son. He gambled, but only on the periphery. He became a gambler but he was just acting. Within it was only a drama, he remained aware. He pretended that he was drinking alcohol but he never drank. And who in a pub is so aware to notice if you are drinking or not? So even if he was actually drinking water and just keeping a bottle of alcohol in front of him, would the drunkards have noticed it? And if they had noticed, would you say they were really drunkards? The prostitutes danced and all eyes were on the prostitutes, but his mind was somewhere else.
One who stands on the bank of life, touched yet unattached, saves the drowning ones. Sahajo found such a master, Charandas.
Charandas was a very simple man. He was so simple that an ordinary person would not have been able to see any difference between himself and Charandas. He was absolutely ordinary. And remember, when you have met someone who is extraordinary and yet ordinary, only then can you be saved. You should know that only then is there someone who is near you and also, at the same time, far away; who is sometimes so similar that you wonder whether there is any difference between you: “Could it be that this man is drowning just like me?” One who comes to save you will have to get close to you, into the depth of the river where you are. But a drowning person may think that this man who is coming is also drowning.
A drowning person flings his arms and legs around and so does a swimmer, there is no difference. What is swimming? You simply throw your arms and legs around in a systematic way. A drowning person thrashes around, a swimmer also thrashes around. The drowning person may think that the swimmer is about to drown, but there is a great difference between the two: the drowning person is flinging himself around in fear, and the person who has come to save him is doing the same thing in awareness. Both are throwing their arms around, one in unconsciousness, one in awareness. It is the awareness which saves.
Charandas was a very simple person. He saved Sahajo, so Sahajo went on singing songs to him. She says, “If the situation arises I will abandon God, but I cannot abandon my master. Because God had thrown me into the river and drowned me, and the master has saved me, liberated me: I can abandon God, but I would not forsake my master.