Chapter 8: Fast Asleep and Snoring
Acceptance - deep, total acceptance - is what religion is all about.
A wants to become B, B wants to become C; then the fever of becoming is created. And you are not a becoming, you are a being. You are already that which you can be; which you ever can be, you are already that. Nothing more can be done about you. You are a finished product.
That is the meaning I give to the story that God created the world: when the perfect creates, the creation is perfect. When God creates how can you improve upon it? Just think of the whole absurdity, the whole idea is absurd. You are trying to improve upon God. You cannot improve. You can be miserable, that’s all, and you can suffer unnecessarily. And you will suffer diseases which are just in your imagination and nowhere else.
“God creates” means out of perfection comes perfection. You are perfect! Nothing else is needed.
Look right now, this very moment within yourself - have a direct insight. What is needed? Everything is simply perfect and beautiful, not even a cloud. I cannot see - just look within yourself - not even a cloud in your inner space, everything full of light. But sooner or later the mind will say to be something else, to be somewhere else, to become. The mind doesn’t allow you to be. The mind is becoming and your soul is being.
That’s why buddhas go on saying, “Unless you drop all desiring you will not attain!”
Desiring means becoming, desiring means to be something else. Desiring means not to accept the case as you are, not to be in a total “yes” mood, whatsoever the situation is. To say yes to life is to be religious, to say no to life is to be irreligious. And whenever you desire something you are saying no, you are saying that something better is possible.
The trees are happy and the birds are happy and the clouds are happy because they have no becoming. They are simply whatsoever they are. The rosebush is not trying to become a lotus - no. The rosebush is absolutely happy to be a rosebush. You cannot persuade the rosebush; howsoever you advertise about the lotus, you will not be able to corrupt the mind of the rosebush to become a lotus. The rosebush will simply laugh because a rosebush is a rosebush is a rosebush, it is simply settled and centered in its being.
That’s why the whole of nature is without any fever - calm and quiet and tranquil.and settled! Only the human mind is in a chaos because everybody is hankering to be somebody else.
This is what you have been doing for a thousand and one lives, and if you don’t awake now, when are you thinking to awake? You are already ripe to awake. You just start from this very moment to live and enjoy and delight, and drop desiring.