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Chapter 17: This Too Will Pass

The king said, “What do you mean? Now I am victorious, people are celebrating. I am not in despair, I am not in a situation where there is no way out.”

The old man said, “Listen. This is what the saint has said to me: this message is not only for despair, it is also for pleasure. This is not only for when you are defeated; it is also for when you are victorious - not only when you are the last, but also when you are the first.”

And the king opened the ring, read the message, “This too will pass,” and suddenly the same peace, the same silence, amidst the crowds, jubilating, celebrating, dancing.but the pride, the ego was gone.

Everything passes away.

He asked his old servant to come on the chariot and sit with him. He asked, “Is there anything more? Everything passes away.Your message has been immensely helpful.”

The old man said, “The third thing the saint said, ‘Remember, everything passes. Only you remain; you remain forever as a witness.’”

So this is the answer to your question: Everything passes, but you remain. You are the reality; everything else is just a dream. Beautiful dreams are there, nightmares are there.But it does not matter whether it is a beautiful dream or a nightmare; what matters is the one who is seeing the dream. That seer is the only reality.

In the East we don’t have anything like philosophy. Scholars have translated the Eastern word darshan, which means seeing, into philosophy - finding no other way. But they are not at all connected: philosophy is thinking, not seeing.

A blind man can think about light, but cannot see it; the man with eyes can see the light, there is no need to think about it. In the East there is nothing comparable to philosophy; in the West there is nothing comparable to darshan. I have coined my own word to translate darshan, philosia. Philo means love, and sia means to see. Sophy means thinking, sia means seeing.

And the whole East has been working only in one dimension for centuries: how to find the seer. You cannot go beyond it; that is the ultimate. Everything is in front of it; it is behind the whole reality, and everything goes on changing.

You are a child, you will become young, you will become old. You are alive, you will be dead - everything goes on changing.

But the seer is something absolutely eternal.

Just a little glimpse of it and all your problems will start disappearing, because a totally new perspective will arise - a new vision, a new way of life, a new way of seeing things, seeing people, responding to situations. And the seer is always present, twenty-four hours day; whatever you are doing or not doing, it is there. It has been there for centuries, for eternity, waiting for you to take note of it.

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