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Chapter 57: You Are Everywhere

Really, your body is nothing but existence comes to you, existence reached to you. It is the nearest existence to you, that’s all - and then it goes on spreading. Your body is just the nearest corner of it, and then the whole existence is there - it goes on spreading. Once your attachment is not there, there is no body to you; or, the whole existence has become your body. You are everywhere.

In the body you are somewhere; without the body you are everywhere. In the body you are confined to a particular space; without the body you have no confinement. That’s why those who have known, they say the body is the imprisonment. Not that the body is the imprisonment; really, the attachment to it is the imprisonment. Once your eyes are not focused on the body, you are everywhere.

This looks absurd. To the mind who is in the body, this looks absurd, a madness - how can one be everywhere? To a Buddha, whatsoever we say - that “I am here” - really looks like madness. How can you be somewhere? Consciousness is not a space concept. That’s why if you close your eyes and try to find out where in your body you are, you will be at a loss. You cannot find out where you are.

There have been many religions and many sects which have preached that you are in the navel. Some say that you are in the heart, some say that you are in the head, some say that you are in this center and that center, but Shiva says you are nowhere. That’s why if you close your eyes and try to find out where you are, you cannot say. You are, but there is no “where” to you. Simply you are.

In deep sleep you are not aware of the body. You are. In the morning you will say that the sleep was very deep, very blissful. You were aware of a deep bliss running throughout, but you were not aware of the body. In deep sleep where are you? When you die, where do you go? Continuously people ask, “When someone dies, where does he go?” But the question is absurd, foolish. It is related to our embodied consciousness - because we think that we are somewhere, so then when we die, where do we go? - nowhere.

When you die, you are not somewhere, that’s all. You are not confined to a space, that’s all. But if you have a desire to be confined, you will be confined again. Your desire leads you to new confinements. But when you are not in the body, you are nowhere, or, everywhere - this depends on which word appeals to you.

If you ask Buddha, he will say you are nowhere. That’s why he chooses the word nirvana. Nirvana means you are nowhere. Just like a flame which has gone out - how can you say where the flame is then? He will say it is nowhere. The flame has simply ceased to be. Buddha uses a negative term - nowhere. That’s what nirvana means. When you are not attached to the body you are in nirvana, you are nowhere.

Shiva chooses a positive term - he says everywhere - but both the terms mean the same. If you are everywhere, you cannot be somewhere. If you are everywhere, it is saying almost the same thing as saying that you are nowhere.

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