Chapter 1: Beyond the Changing
Carl Gustav Jung calls this synchronicity. The master cannot cause your enlightenment. It is not a scientific process, it is far more poetic. It is not a law like the law of cause and effect; it is far more liquid, far more loose, far more flexible. The master cannot cause the enlightenment to happen in you, but he can trigger the process, and that too only if you allow, not against your will. Nothing can be done to you unless you are totally receptive. This can happen only in a love affair.
Between the teacher and the student there is a business: between the master and the disciple there is a love affair. The disciple is surrendered; that is the meaning of “sitting down”. He is surrendered, he has put his ego aside. He is simply open, in tremendous trust. Of course, doubt will hinder the process.
Doubt is perfectly good when you are collecting information: the more you doubt, the more information you will be able to collect, because each doubt will create questions in you and questions are needed to find answers. But each answer will be doubted again in its own turn, creating more questions. and so on. so forth
But with a master doubt is a hindrance. It is not of asking a question, it is a quest of the soul; it is inquiry of the heart, it is not intellectual curiosity. It is not curiosity, it is far more important - it is a question of life and death.
When one is tired of all questions and all answers, when one is fed up with all philosophy, only then one comes to a master. When one has accumulated much information and still remains ignorant, and all that information does not create any light within his soul, then he comes to a master, to sit by his side. There are no questions any more; he knows now one thing. that all questions are futile. He has tried and he has seen the whole futility of it. Now he sits in silence, open, available, receptive, like a womb.
The disciple becomes feminine, and only in those feminine moments the master, without any effort on his part, starts over-flooding the disciple. It happens naturally. The disciple is not doing anything, the master is not doing anything - it is not a question of doing at all. The master is being himself and the disciple is open.
When your nose is not closed by cold and you pass by the side of a flower, suddenly the fragrance is felt. The flower is not doing anything in particular; it is natural for the flower to release its fragrance. If you are open to receive it you will receive it.
The word upanishad means coming to a master, and one comes to a master only when one is tired of teachers, tired of teachings, tired of dogmas, creeds, philosophies, theologies, religions. Then one comes to a master.
And the way to come to a master is surrender. Not that your being is surrendered - only the ego, the false idea that you are somebody, somebody special. The moment you put the idea of the ego aside, the doors are open - for the wind, for the rain, for the sun - and the master’s presence will start entering in you, creating a new dance in your life, giving you a new sense of poetry, mystery, music.