Chapter 6: You’ll Never Forget the Jokes
The world is the luxury of God, a flowering. He has so much - what to do with it? He shares, he throws it out, he starts expanding, he starts creating. But remember always, he is not a creator like a painter who paints. The painter is separate from the painting. If the painter dies, the painting will still live. God is a creator like a dancer: the dance and the dancer are one. If the dancer stops, the dance stops.
You cannot separate the dance from the dancer, you cannot say to the dancer, “Give your dance to me, I will take it home. I am ready to purchase it.” The dance cannot be purchased. It is one of the most spiritual things in the world because it cannot be purchased. You cannot carry it away, you cannot make a commodity out of it. When the dancer is dancing, it is there; when the dancer has stopped, it has disappeared as if it never existed.
God is creativity. It is not that he created somewhere in the past and then stopped and rested - and since then what has he been doing? No, he is continuously creating. God is not an event, he is a process. It is not that once he created and then stopped. Then the world would be dead. He is continuously creating - just like birds are singing and trees are flowering and the clouds are moving in the sky. He is creating.and he need not take any rest because creativity is not an act; you cannot be tired. It is out of his nothingness.
This is the meaning in the East when we have said that God is emptiness. Only nothingness can be infinite; “somethingness” is bound to be finite. Only out of nothingness is an infinite expanse of life, existence, possible - not out of somethingness. God is not somebody, he is nobody or more correctly, “nobodiness.” God is not something, he is nothing or, even more correctly, “nothingness.” He is a creative void - what Buddha has called shunya. He is a creative void. What am I teaching to you? I am teaching you the same: to become creative voids, nondoers, delighters in just being.
That is why the question is bound to come to everybody’s mind sometime or other. You ask: “Sometimes I wonder what I am doing here.” You wonder rightly - you are doing nothing here. Your mind may supply answers, but don’t listen to them. Listen to my answer. You are not doing anything here; I am not teaching you to do something. Your mind may say that you are learning meditation: you are doing meditation, yoga, this, that or you are trying to achieve enlightenment, satori, samadhi - all nonsense.
This is your mind supplying because the mind is an achiever, the mind cannot remain without activity. The mind goes on creating some activity or other. Earn money; if you are finished with that, then earn meditation - but earn. Achieve something, do something.
You become afraid when you are not doing anything, because then suddenly you are face-to-face with the creative void. That is the face of God: when you are in a chaos and you are falling in an infinite abyss and you cannot see the bottom - there is none.