Chapter 11: The Very Nature of Things
Unless we see the roots, this misery cannot disappear. We can go on increasing our gadgets, our technology, but the misery continues. It is not that only the poor man is miserable; my own experience is that the poor man is less miserable than the rich man - the poor man at least has a hope. The rich man is living hopelessly. Now he knows that he has done all he could, and his life is as empty as ever - perhaps more empty. And death is coming closer; life is becoming every moment shorter and he has wasted it in accumulating money, power, prestige. He has wasted his life in being a saint, praying before man-manufactured gods.
And all this has been done so that you can never simply be just yourself.
I teach you only a simple morality, and that is: never go against your nature. Even if all the buddhas of all the ages are standing against it, don’t pay any attention. They have nothing to do with you. They did what they felt was right for them, you have to do what you feel is right for yourself. And what is right? It cannot be defined by any scripture. It cannot be defined by any outer criterion.
There is an intrinsic criterion to be understood:
That which makes you happier is good.
That which makes you blissful is the only morality. That which makes you miserable is the only sin. That which takes you away from yourself is the only thing to be avoided.
Just rejoice in yourself and you are enlightened. You have always been enlightened, there is no way to be unenlightened.
I have tried in many ways, but I have to concede to you that I have failed: I could not become unenlightened. In whatever position, doing whatever kinds of things, I was surprised: whether I go north or I go south, I remain enlightened!
In Japan, they have a very beautiful doll.perhaps they are the people who make the most beautiful dolls. And this doll is no ordinary doll. In Japan its name is daruma, but it is the Japanese distortion of the name of Bodhidharma - the doll is made according to Bodhidharma’s insight.
The doll is heavy in the legs and very light towards the head. So you can throw it anywhere you like, but it always gets into the lotus posture. You cannot do anything to it. People may have forgotten; it has become just a doll for children to play with. But it represents what I am saying and what Bodhidharma was saying, that there is no way for you to be unenlightened.
Who has put this idea in your mind that you have to become enlightened?
Miss Prim, the elderly spinster, is giving an introductory talk at the girl’s college. “Now, girls,” she says, “whenever you go out, remember: no smoking in the streets, no bad conduct in public and when the men bother you, ask yourself: Is an hour’s pleasure worth a lifetime of disgrace? Now, girls, are there any questions?”
A voice from the back of the hall cries, “How do you make it last an hour?”