Chapter 21: The Eternal Law
Remember this: unless you become aware of the social fictions, social games. They are necessary, go on playing them, but don’t be serious about them. Act them, don’t get involved in them, remain aloof and detached. Remember that you cannot have bliss through them. Only through transcending them can the possibility become actual, because only then are you in search of the universal law, of that which is always there, that which is not created by man.
When man was not, the universal law was still there. One day man may not be, because man is not inevitable on earth. Once there were no men: no Hindu, no Mohammedan, no capitalist, no communist, no establishment - nothing. Earth existed more blissfully than it exists now. And one day, man may disappear from this planet. But the law will remain. Find that eternal law and be in tune with it.
How to find it? How to know what the eternal law is that precedes us, that existed before us and will continue after us? We are just waves in that eternal ocean, so how to come to know it?
There are three things to remember and do. One: become a child again. Move back to the point where you were not a social animal, where you were just natural. Children are like animals or trees or rocks. We destroy them, we cultivate them, we cripple them in every way. Those who want to be in tune with the universe must move back. Throw off your civilization, your society, your cultivated habits, and become natural, childlike.
Here, during the meditation camp, try it. Be like a child. Go back, back to your origins. And it’s possible: you can go back. Just by going back you will become different. While meditating here, be like a child and throw off all civilization.
Secondly: remember that you have a very deep-rooted past, the burden of the past on you. Don’t carry it, just put it aside. The past is the problem, and because of this past, your mind moves into the future. The past creates its own future; the past becomes projected into the future. Because of this past, and the projected future, you miss the moment, the real moment: eternal time.
Remember, the past and the future are not part of time, they are part of mind. They don’t exist. The past is no longer, it is just in the memory. The future is not yet, it is just in the imagination. We go on dividing time into three divisions: past, present and future. But past and future are not part of time, the division is false. Only the present is time. The past is memory; the future is imagination. Now is the only time.
So the second thing to remember is that if you want to be in tune with the infinite, remain with the now. Don’t move into the past, don’t move into the future. Live moment to moment. The moment is enough. If you can be here and now, you are in the eternal law because time is the door to eternity. But if you move into the future you have missed the door.
Remain with the moment. Whenever you see that your mind is moving into the future or into the past, come back suddenly, move to the present. Do something, be something, in the present. We go on moving into the future or into the past and go on missing the door that is here, now. It has become a deep-rooted habit.