Chapter 4: Misery Is the Prison
Suffering has been accepted as health, not as sickness. And when somebody says, “Drop this miserable life, drop this suffering that you are carrying unnecessarily,” a very significant question arises: “This is all that we have got! If we drop it we will be no one, we will lose our identity. At least I am somebody right now - somebody miserable, somebody sad, somebody in suffering. If I drop all this then the question will be: What is my identity? Who am I? I don’t know the way back home, and you have taken away the hypocrisy, the false home that was created by the society.”
Nobody wants to stand naked in the street. It is better to be miserable - at least you have something to wear, although it is misery.but there is no harm, everybody else is wearing the same kind of clothes. For those who can afford it, their miseries are costly. Those who cannot afford it are doubly miserable - they have to live in a poor kind of misery, nothing much to brag about.
So there are rich miserable people and poor miserable people. And the poor miserable people are trying their hardest to reach somehow to the status of rich miserable people. These are the only two types available. The third type has been completely forgotten. The third is your reality, and it has no misery in it.
You are asking me why man cannot drop his misery; it is for the simple reason that that’s all he has got. You want to make him even more poor? He is already poor. There are rich miserable people: he has a small, tiny misery, he cannot brag about it. And you are telling him to drop even this. Then he will be nobody; then he will be empty, a nothingness. And all the cultures, all the societies, all the religions have committed a crime against humanity: they have created a fear of nothingness, of emptiness.
The truth is that nothingness is the door to richness. Nothingness is the door to blissfulness - and the door has to be nothing. The wall is there; you cannot enter a wall, you will simply hit your head, may have some broken ribs. Why can you not enter the wall? - because the wall has no emptiness, it is solid, it objects. That’s why we call things “objects”: they are objective, they don’t allow you to pass through them, they prevent you.
A door has to be non-objective, it has to be emptiness. A door means there is nothing to prevent you. You can go in.
And because we have been conditioned that emptiness is something bad, nothingness is something bad, we are being prevented by the conditioning from dropping the misery, dropping the anguish, dropping all the suffering and just being nothing.
The moment you are nothing, you become a door - a door to the divine, a door to yourself, a door that leads to your home, a door that connects you back to your intrinsic nature. And man’s intrinsic nature is blissful.
Blissfulness is not something to be achieved. It is already there; we are born with it. We have not lost it; we have simply gone farther away, keeping our backs to ourselves. It is just behind us: a small turn and a great revolution.