Chapter 7: When the Ocean Has Called You
It was difficult for him to open his eyes in the sunlight. He had grown such a long beard that it was touching the floor, and he was looking so healthy. People could not believe it and said, “How have you managed? You used to be very thin, and you have collected so much weight!” And when they heard his story they could not believe that a man can do this. When you think about it, putting yourself in his place.. First it is shocking, but soon you will understand that what he did, you would have done also.
He lived twenty years more. And again his eyes became accustomed to light. Now he himself could not believe that those ten years - it seemed almost like a nightmare that is ended.
You are afraid because you are feeling the first stirrings of joy. It is unknown territory. Your heart you are feeling for the first time. The heart is not just what the medical people say, or the physiologists say - a pumping station. The heart that the mystics and the poets talk about has nothing to do with the heart that medical science talks about.
Behind almost every physical organ there is a parallel to it - just behind it, a spiritual receptivity. Behind your eyes, there are eyes which see things, which these eyes cannot see. And behind your ears, there are ears which can hear music, that these ears cannot hear. And behind your physical heart, there is a spiritual heart which knows love - which this heart has no idea about - which knows joy.
The physical heart can be changed, and a plastic heart may be far better because a plastic heart cannot have a heart failure. There are, around the world, thousands of people moving about with an artificial heart. But that artificial heart cannot love. Just put two artificial hearts close to each other and see what kind of dialogue happens. Nothing will happen; there are just two dead things. They can do the function of purifying your blood, of taking in the oxygen, of throwing out the carbon dioxide; but love is neither oxygen nor carbon dioxide. Love is not a question of breathing - everybody is breathing.
So remember, whenever I talk about the heart, I am not talking about the heart medical science talks about - this is something behind it. Each of your senses has a parallel sense behind it.
If you hear me, you can hear in two ways. Either you can hear only with your outer ear, or you can hear with your inner ear too. When your outer and inner ear both hear, then it is listening; otherwise it is only hearing.
When your outer eyes and inner eyes both see, then the same existence becomes so psychedelic, so colorful.. The same tree is greener than it has ever been - and not only greener, each leaf has its own energy aura. The whole tree is surrounded by an energy aura, radiating rays.
In the Soviet Union one man has developed a new photography, Kirlian photography. He uses such sensitive plates that he can picture not only the trees in his plates, but trees with their energy aura surrounding them.
When your inner eyes are together with your outer eyes and there is a harmony, you will see this whole existence is a festival of lights, that everything is radiating light, is surrounded by beautiful light, soft.every man is surrounded.