Chapter 10: A Hollow Bamboo
Everybody wants to become the richest man of the world. Everybody wants to be the most powerful man in the world. Everybody wants to be the most strong, beautiful, intelligent, famous in the world. Of course much anxiety is created. In that anxiety you are in a sort of continuous illness, dis-ease, restlessness, a fever, in which you go on, continuously trembling. And every moment there is frustration waiting for you.
Hence people say, “Man proposes and God disposes.” God has never disposed anything. In your very proposition you are disposing God, hence you get in trouble. Because the nature has its own way, the Tao has its own way; it has its own destiny. It is as if a part is trying to go on its own journey, leaving the whole behind. It is not possible - the part has to go with the whole. The tail has to go with the elephant. If the tail starts going on its own way against the elephant, separate from the elephant, then there is going to be trouble - the tail will go mad. And actually it will have to drag with the elephant; there is no other way.
So there are only two types of people in the world. One, who have private goals - they feel they are being dragged; they feel man proposes, God disposes. Then there is another type of people in the world - very few, rare, far, far and few between, very few - who have dropped all their propositions. They don’t drag, they dance. They dance, because whatsoever God proposes they accept. And they have no private propositions, they don’t have any desire of their own.
That’s what Jesus says on the cross, that is his last message to the world - “Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done.” Just a moment before he has hesitated a little, just a moment before he shouted and said, “Why have you forsaken me? Why? Why are you showing me all this?”
You cannot complain against Jesus - that too is natural and human. He was only thirty-three, he was not yet old, he was just young, he had not seen the whole life yet, he had not tasted, he had not lived yet - and suddenly he finds himself on the cross, ridiculed, insulted, rejected by his own people. And it is natural that he shouts at God, “Why have you forsaken me? Why are you showing me all this?” - human, very human.
But immediately he became aware of it. It must have escaped - this shouting against God - in a moment of unawareness. The pain may have been too much, the misery was too much. Death was just close by; he was shocked. But he regained balance. He was going to propose something. He simply said, “Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done.” He surrendered. He died as Christ.
In a single moment he was no more Jesus, he was Christ. In a single moment he was no more human, he was superhuman. The gap is very small. That’s why Buddha says, “Miss it by a single inch, or by a single moment and you are thrown millions of miles away.” Just a single inch was the difference between these two sentences - there was not much gap, maybe a single breath. But he was just ordinary when he shouted against God - human, weak. Just a moment later on he was reconciled; there was no problem then. If this is the way God wants it to happen, then this is the way it has to happen. He accepted.