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Chapter 13: The Master’s Art

The ordinary economics is if you want more don’t give - collect, hoard. The master comes to know a new economics: that the more you give the more you have. Suddenly all the laws are functioning in a totally different way. He enjoys sharing; he wants to bless the whole world. The mystic also wants to share but is incapable; he has no means. The master has means. So mastery is a totally different phenomenon.

In the mystery schools it was part of the basic teaching that a few disciples who were capable of expression were trained. Before they became self-realized, they must become articulate enough. Nobody, after becoming a mystic, can learn the art of expression; that is impossible, it has not happened yet. It cannot happen because the man who has known and seen all that is worth knowing and all that is worth seeing has gone beyond. Now to drag him back to learn the art of expression is impossible.

In the mystery schools it was a basic rule: the master had to go on watching for those disciples who showed the tendency, the talent, the genius for expression. Even if their enlightenment had to be delayed, let it be delayed. First they should be made articulate enough - because once they became enlightened then there would be no way to teach them the art of expression.

And it has been so. There are instances. One of the disciples of Mahavira was immensely capable of expressing things which are very difficult to express. His name was Goshalak. He was so articulate that, even in the commune of Mahavira, many had become his disciples. He spoke so beautifully, so poetically, so authoritatively, that the idea was bound to happen to his ego: he asked Mahavira, “You declare me as your successor, otherwise I am going to leave the commune with my disciples.”

And he was not only a disciple. Mahavira loved him, and was training him so that one day he could become a mystic and a master at the same time. But the crowd, and disciples - who were basically disciples of Mahavira - were choosing Goshalak as their master. His ego got inflated.

Mahavira said to him, “You were going to be something more than you are asking. A successor is not necessarily a mystic or a master. And I cannot promise anything - it is your own growth that will be decisive, not my promise. This is not a business that I can promise you that you will inherit. It is not something that can be inherited.”

Because he was refused, his ego was hurt; he left the commune with five hundred of Mahavira’s disciples who thought that Goshalak was far more advanced than Mahavira himself. Mahavira was very mathematical in his expression, aphoristic - he would speak in maxims which you had to elaborate by your own experience - while Goshalak had no experience but was a perfect imitator. Even though he left with five hundred disciples, it is remarkable how Mahavira responded to this.

Mahavira said, “In the coming creation.”

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