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Chapter 2: The Meaning of Maturity

People go from one guru to another, from one master to another, from one psychoanalyst to another, from one encounter group to another, because if they don’t go they feel empty and they suddenly feel life to be meaningless. You create problems so that you can feel that life is a great work, a growth, and you have to struggle hard.

The ego can exist only when it struggles, remember, when it fights. And if I tell you, “Kill three flies and you will become enlightened,” you will not believe me. You will say, “Three flies? There doesn’t seem to be much to that. And I will become enlightened? That doesn’t seem to be likely.” If I say you will have to kill seven hundred lions, of course that looks more like it!

The greater the problem the greater the challenge - and with challenge your ego arises, soars high. You create problems, problems don’t exist.

And now if you allow me, there are not even molehills. That too is your trick. You say, “Yes, there may not be mountains, but molehills.?” No, not even molehills are there, those are your creations. First you create molehills out of nothing, then you create mountains out of molehills. And the priests and the psychoanalysts and the gurus are happy because their whole trade exists because of you. If you don’t create molehills out of nothing and you don’t make your molehills into mountains, what will be the point of gurus helping you? First you have to be in a shape to be helped.

The real masters have been saying something else. They have been saying: “Please look at what you are doing, what nonsense you are doing. First you create a problem and then you go in search of a solution. Just watch why you are creating the problem. Just exactly in the beginning, when you are creating the problem, is the solution: don’t create it!” But that won’t appeal to you because then you are suddenly thrown flat upon yourself. Nothing to do? No enlightenment? No satori? No samadhi? And you are deeply restless, empty, trying to stuff yourself with anything whatsoever.

You don’t have any problems. Only this much has to be understood. This very moment you can drop all problems because they are your creations. Have another look at your problems, and the deeper you look, the smaller they will appear. Go on looking at them and by and by they will start disappearing. Go on gazing and suddenly you will find there is emptiness - a beautiful emptiness surrounds you. Nothing to do, nothing to be, because you are already that.

Enlightenment is not something to be achieved, it is just to be lived. When I say that I achieved enlightenment, I simply mean one day I decided to live it: enough is enough! And since then I have lived it. It is a decision that now you are not interested in creating problems, that’s all. It is a decision that now you are finished with all this nonsense of creating problems and finding solutions.

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