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Chapter 5: I Sing the Glory of Forms

The second thing: the sadhu will be like a child, he will move with spontaneity. When he is hungry he will eat, when he is sleepy he will fall asleep. Have you not seen small children? - even sitting at a dining table, they fall asleep. They are just eating - a bite in the mouth.and the child has fallen asleep.

The second thing about a sadhu will be his spontaneity. But you will not find spontaneity in the so-called sadhus. When they are feeling hungry they are doing a fast: how can they be innocent and how can they be spontaneous? And when they are feeling sleepy they are keeping a vigilance, they are forcing themselves to remain alert. When they are feeling angry they are trying to smile, and when they are feeling sexual they are talking about brahmacharya and celibacy. These people cannot be sadhus - not according to Kabir, not according to me.

The sadhu has to be innocent like a small child. Yes, Jesus’ definition is right when he says: Only those who are like small children will be able to enter into the kingdom of my God. He is talking about sadhus.like small children. But one distinction has to be made: when I say like small children, or when Jesus says like small children, he does not mean childish; he means innocent, yet mature. Innocence has its own kind of maturity - a ripeness of innocence, when innocence has flowered.

What is the difference between a childish person and a person who is like a child? The difference is the childish person has no awareness at all. Yes, he’s innocent: when he feels hungry he feels hungry and he eats; and when he feels sleepy he sleeps - but his spontaneity has a deep background of unconsciousness. The spontaneity is there, but it is unconscious.

When the spontaneity is there and in the background of consciousness is awareness; when the awareness is there and still you don’t interfere with the spontaneous. You are so disciplined in your consciousness that you don’t create any unnatural discipline for yourself; your awareness helps you to be natural, to be spontaneous, non-interfering, non-repressive, but yet you are aware.

These two things have to be understood. There are people who are unconscious and innocent; they are childish. They will not enter the kingdom of God, they are not sadhus. Then there are people who are conscious and have become unnatural; because of their consciousness they have started interfering with their natural life. These people are so-called monks, sadhus; they are also not ready for the kingdom of God.

A new combination, a new synthesis is needed: awareness with spontaneity. That is what Kabir means when he says sahaj samadhi. Sahaj means spontaneity, samadhi means awareness: spontaneous awareness. If awareness interferes with your spontaneity, you have missed. If your spontaneity goes against awareness, you have missed. A sadhu is one who is both together: sahajai kaya sadho.

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