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Chapter 8: The Gift of Existence

The lion wants to dance. There isn’t room enough to dance in the body. More space is needed for dancing - what space is available in the body? Dance can only happen outside of the body. This is why if you dance totally you will find you no longer remain a body. In the ultimate grace of dance, at the ultimate height, you are out of the body. The body goes on turning, goes on moving rhythmically, but you are outside, you are no longer inside.

This is why I have invariably included dance in my methods of meditation, because there is nothing more miraculous for meditation than dancing. If you dance fully, if you dance totally, then in that dance your being comes out of the body. The body will go on moving in rhythm but you will experience that you are out of the body. And then your real dance begins: below, the body will go on dancing; above, you will dance. The body on the earth, you in the sky. The body in the earthly, you in the celestial. The body will dance the dance of matter, you will dance the dance of consciousness. You will become nataraj, the king of dancing.

You ask, “Please explain what is going on.”

The unprecedented is happening, the wondrous is happening, the rare is happening! What is happening is not to be explained, it is to be experienced. Whatever I say will not help you understand this experience, at the most it can help you become capable of accepting it more easily. Accept it with joy. Don’t repress it.

Naturally the idea will come to suppress it; you will think, “What madness is this? - I am growling like a lion. What is this roaring? People will think I am mad!” So naturally the idea will come to suppress it, to hide it - not to let anyone know. What will they say?

Don’t worry. Don’t bother about what anyone says. If people say you are mad, then go mad! Has anyone become enlightened without going mad? Give your attention to your interiority. If bliss is coming from this, if ecstasy is coming, if wine is raining, then don’t worry. This world has nothing so valuable as this to give to you. So don’t make any compromise with the world. Don’t sell one iota of your being, even if in exchange you will receive the whole of the universe as your kingdom. Jesus has said, “What use is it if you gain the whole world but lose your own soul?” If you save your soul, even if you lose the whole world, you have everything.

Have courage, be daring. Let your trust, your faith in yourself grow. Soon your body will start gradually accepting it. Then the roaring will disappear. Then only dance will remain. Then the lion will not suffer, because the lion will have found a path: when he wants to go out he can go out, when he wants to come in he can come in. Then this body is no longer a jail, then this body becomes a place to relax. When you want to come in, come inside; when you want to go out, go outside.

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