Chapter 63: Start Creating Yourself
That force also comes through the etheric body. Your etheric body is your electric body. Whenever you are overflowing with energy, you have a bigger range to your etheric body. Whenever you are sad, depressed, you don’t have any etheric body near your body. It recedes back into the body. So with a sad person, depressed person, you will also feel sad. If a really sad person enters in this room, you will feel that something has gone wrong, because his etheric body affects you immediately. He becomes an exploiter, because his own etheric forces are so depressed they start feeding on others.
A sad person will make you sad, a depressed person will make you depressed, an ill person will make you ill, because it is not only that which you see that he is; something hidden is constantly working. Even if he has not said anything, even if he is smiling outwardly, if he is depressed he will exploit you. Your etheric body will lose its energy - he will exploit, he will feed on you. When someone is happy and he enters, immediately you feel a happiness around you, because he is throwing so much etheric force. He is really giving you a feast; he is feeding you. He has so much he is overflowing.
When a Buddha moves around, or a Christ, or a Krishna, they are constantly giving you a feast, constantly you are guests. And when you come after seeing a Buddha, you feel so refreshed, so alive, so vitalized, so rejuvenated. What has happened? Buddha may not have said anything. Even a darshan, just a look, and you feel something has changed within you, something has entered within you.
What is entering? He is so overflowing with his energy.. And whosoever is at peace with himself is always over-flooded, because his energy is not wasted in unnecessary nonsense in which you are wasting your energy. He is always over-flooded, and whosoever comes can take. Jesus says, “Come unto me. If you are heavily burdened, come unto me. I will unburden you.” Really he is not doing anything; it is just his presence.
It is said that whenever a god-man, a tirthankara, an avatar, a Christ, moves on the earth, around him a particular milieu is created. Jaina yogis have even measured it. They say it is twenty-four miles. Twenty-four miles is the radius around a tirthankara, and for twenty-four miles in the whole radius everyone is flooded with his energy: knowing, not knowing, friend or enemy, following him or opposing him, it makes no difference.
If following, you are flooded more, because you are more open; if opposing, you are flooded, but not so much because you are closed - but the energy is flooding. A single man is such a reservoir; a single man, if undisturbed, silent, at ease, at home, is such a reservoir that for twenty-four miles around him in all directions a milieu is created. And in that milieu you are on a constant feast.
This happens through the astral body. The astral body is your electric body. The body that we see is the physical, the material. This is not really life. Life comes to this body because of the electric, the etheric body. That is your prana, that is your vitality.
So Shiva says:
enter etheric presence.