Chapter 13: Passive Alertness Is the Key
The first question:
Yesterday you told us very clearly that we need to follow the master’s word to the letter. But we cannot consult you on every detail. How can we choose the right path when the mind is always looking for the easy way?
The real problem is not consulting the master but how to be more meditative, because the physical part of the master is not the significant thing. If you are more meditative you can consult the master every moment. The physical presence is not necessary, it becomes necessary only because you are not meditative. Because you are identified with your body, so in your mind the master is identified with his body. Because you think that you are a body, you also think that the master is a body. The master is not a body, and when I say this, that the master is not a body, I mean that he is not confined in time and space.
It is not a question of being in his presence. Wherever you are, if you are meditative, you are in his presence. Even when the master is dead he can be consulted. Buddha is still consulted even today - and the answers are received. It is not that Buddha is sitting somewhere and giving you the answers, but when you are deep in meditation you are the Buddha. Your buddha-nature arises and your buddha-nature answers you, and now Buddha is no longer confined anywhere. That means, for one who is blind he is not to be found anywhere; but for one who can now see it means he is everywhere.
You can be in contact with your master wherever you are. The way is not to go to the master, the way is to go within. The deeper you reach into yourself, the deeper you have penetrated the master.
Answers will be coming, and you will come to know and feel that those answers are not given by your mind. There will be a total difference in quality. The quality changes so absolutely that there can be no confusion about it. When your mind answers you feel you are answering. When the mind is not there, you are simply meditative; the answer comes as if from someone else, not from you. You hear it. That is the mystery of the Koran. Mohammed thought that he heard it - and he was right.
When your mind is silent, the answer arises from the very depths of your being. And it is so deep, so beyond your so-called mind, that you feel that you have heard it. It has come to you, it has been revealed to you.
You are always identified with the surface and the answer comes from the depth. You don’t know your own depth - that’s why you will feel God is answering, or that the master is answering. In a way you are right - because when the answer comes from your depth it is from the master.