Chapter 17: Wake up the Slave
And the third is dhamma, the truth. The world is against the truth, the world lives in lies. Lies are very comfortable, very secure, cozy, and you can create lies according to yourself, according to your needs. Truth is never according to you; you have to be according to the truth, and that is difficult. Many chunks of your being will have to be cut so that you can fit with truth. Your ego will have to be dropped so that you can enter into the temple of truth.
Lies are perfectly beautiful, cheap, everywhere available. You can go shopping and you can purchase bags full of lies, as many as you want. And the best thing about them is they fit with you, they never require that you should fit with them. They are very friendly; they don’t require anything from you, they don’t demand, they don’t ask for any commitment. They are ready to serve you.
Truth cannot serve you, you will have to serve truth.
Atisha is giving you a great insight. And particularly for my sannyasins it has to be remembered, meditated upon. The buddha is here, the commune has started happening, the truth is being shared. Now it is up to you to help it survive, to protect it, so that it can live long and serve humanity long.
And the last sutra:
Make the three inseparable from virtue.
Let this be your virtue, your religion: serving the buddha, serving the commune, serving the truth. Let this be your only virtue, your only religion.
Enough for today.