Chapter 13: The Guest Is Inside You
Exactly like that - just as in the seed the sprout is hidden - in you is hidden God. Of course if you cut the seed, if you dissect the seed, you will not find the sprout. Or will you? You can cut the seed; you will not find anything at all: no sprout, no foliage, no branches, no flowers, no fruits, nothing at all, because the seed is the unmanifest. It needs growth, it needs a right soil, it needs a gardener. It needs great art to help the unmanifest to become manifest; to bring that which is hidden to the world great skill is needed.
Buddha has called religion nothing but skill, art, upaya, a methodology - a methodology to bring the unseen into the world of the seen, to bring the invisible into the world of the visible. In the seed the flowers are there, but they are invisible. A proper context will be needed where they can become visible.
Exactly in the same way, God is in you; you are the seed of God. God is not to be worshipped but revealed. You have to grow and become a God. You are not to seek and search for a God somewhere, already ready-made. You have to grow; growth is religion. You have to grow into a God. You are carrying the seed, you have to find a soil - you have to find a buddhafield. You have to find a gardener, a master. You have to find a commune where many trees are blooming, so that hope can arise in the heart of the seed that “Yes, if other seeds can become trees, great trees, why can’t I?”; so that longing can arise in the heart, so the heart becomes aflame, afire, athirst. In that very thirst, in that very longing, the seed has started moving towards the flowers.
It is a long journey, but an inner journey. You can make the whole journey by sitting silently, not going anywhere, because the going has to be something inner. It is not in space, it is in consciousness.
The original is:
Sahab ham men sahab tum men, jaise prana bij men.
The master is in me and the master is in you,
just as life is hidden in the seed.
It is because of too many analytical approaches, too many logical approaches, that we are missing God. It is because of too much scientific upbringing. A kind of “scientism” has arisen in the world, a very vulgar religion; it is not scientific really, it is scientism. People have started believing in science as if it is a religion. It is just a very crude methodology to know about matter. It is so crude that it cannot grasp the subtler aspects of life.
If you behave in a crude way with the seed - with a knife you can cut it you will simply be destroying its possibility. You will be killing it. By cutting it you will not find anything in it, and of course then you can say, “Because I don’t find anything in it - no life, no flower, no fragrance - hence it is decided that there is no flower, no fragrance, no fruit, no trees. They are all just imagination.”