Chapter 14: Just by Celebrating
I have been in universities and almost ninety-nine percent of teachers are not there willingly, so teaching is just a burden. I have seen teachers who have been carrying notes for thirty years. They have been a teacher in the university for thirty years, and these are their own notes from when they were studying! They have been repeating the same notes year after year to students.no joy in teaching, no inquiry about what has happened in thirty years, no interest. It is not their thing; they have fallen into it accidentally.
Perhaps only one percent can be said to be born teachers. They enjoy it, they relish teaching. They try to find out as much as possible about the subject. They are open to all questions, and if they don’t know they have the guts to say, “I don’t know, but I will find out. You also try to find out.” You can see from their very approach that to them teaching is just like breathing. It is spontaneous, they are not carrying notes. It is their love.
If this one percent somehow gets enlightened these will be the masters. Nobody will be deciding - neither existence nor the master himself. He has a certain individuality which he offers to existence. If his individuality has the potential, the articulateness, for being a master, existence will use him as the master.
You don’t know thousands of enlightened people who have lived and died because they had no such special talents that they may become visible to the ordinary man. They may have had something unique; for example they may have had the immense quality of being silent, but that will not be noticed much.
I used to know one enlightened man. He was in Bombay when I was in Bombay, and his only talent was to make beautiful statues out of sand. I have never seen such beautiful statues. The whole day he would make them on the beach, and thousands of people would see them and would be amazed. They have seen Gautam Buddha’s statues, Krishna’s, Mahavira’s, but there was no comparison. He was not working on marble, just with the sea sand. And people would be throwing rupee notes, but he was not at all bothered. I have seen others taking the notes away; he was not concerned - he was so absorbed in making those statues.
But those statues don’t last - just one wave of the ocean and the Buddha is gone.
But before his enlightenment he was earning in that way - moving from one city to another city and making sand statues. And they were really beautiful that it was impossible not to give him something. He earned much, enough for one man.
Now he has become enlightened, but he has only one talent: to make sand statues. Of course he will not make any sand statues that don’t indicate toward enlightenment - that is the only offering he can give. Existence will use that. His statues were more meditative. Just sitting by the side of his sand statues you could feel that he has given a proportion to the statue, a certain shape, a certain face that creates something within you.
I have asked the man, “Why you go on making Gautam Buddha and Mahavira? You can earn more - because this country is not Buddhist Jainas are very few. You can make Rama, you can make Krishna.”