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Chapter 4: Man Is a Journey

Don’t worry about it, whether it is real or unreal, or whether chaos will come after it or not. Because by thinking in this way you have already brought the chaos in, and it is your idea which can create chaos. And when it is created, the mind will say, “Now listen, I had told you before.”

Mind is very self-fulfilling. First it gives you a seed, and when it sprouts the mind says, “Look, I was telling you beforehand that you are deceived.” The chaos has come, and it has been brought by the idea. So why bother about the future, whether the chaos is still to come or not, or whether it has passed or not? Right this moment you are silent - why not celebrate it? And I tell you, if you celebrate, it grows.

In this world of consciousness, nothing is as helpful as celebration. Celebration is like watering a plant. Worry is just the opposite of celebration; it is just like cutting the roots. Feel happy! Dance with your silence. This moment it is there - enough. Why ask for more? Tomorrow will take care of itself. This moment is too much; why not live it, celebrate it, share it, enjoy it? Let it become a song, a dance, a poetry; let it be creative. Let your silence be creative; do something with it.

Millions of things are possible because nothing is more creative than silence. No need to become a very great painter, world famous, a Picasso. No need to become a Henry Moore; no need to become a great poet. Those ambitions of being great are of the mind, not of the silence. In your own way, howsoever small, paint. In your own way, howsoever small, make a haiku. In your own way, howsoever small, sing a song, dance a little, celebrate, and you will find the next moment brings more silence. And once you know that the more you celebrate, the more is given to you; the more you share, the more you become capable of receiving it - each moment it goes on growing, growing. And the next moment is always born out of this moment, so why worry about it? If this moment is silent, how can the next moment be chaos? From where will it come? It is going to be born out of this moment. If I am happy this moment, how can I be unhappy in the next moment?

If you want the next moment to be unhappy, you will have to become unhappy in this moment, because out of unhappiness, unhappiness is born; out of happiness, happiness is born. Whatsoever you want to reap in the next moment, you will have to sow right now. Once the worry is allowed and you start thinking that chaos will come, it will come; you have already brought it. Now you will have to harvest it; it has already come. No need to wait for the next moment: it is already there.

Remember this - and this is really something strange - when you are sad you never think that it may be imaginary. I have never come across a man who is sad and who says to me that maybe it is just imaginary. Sadness is perfectly real. But happiness? Immediately something goes wrong and you start thinking, “Maybe it is imaginary.” Whenever you are tense, you never think it is imaginary. If you can think that your tension and anguish is imaginary, it will disappear. And if you think your silence and happiness is imaginary, it will disappear.

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