Chapter 16: Ride on the Wave of Harmony
It is easy, very easy, if there is the understanding that you have been living a life which was not worth much, which has not brought anything: it has never allowed you to flower, it has not been meaningful and significant in the ultimate sense. You may have done many things but the meaning was trivial; whether it was done or not makes no difference. You may have succeeded in many things but you have failed. You may not have failed in many things, you may have succeeded in all that you did, but still you have failed.
It is not a question of worldly recognition. People may think you have succeeded, that you have all the qualities they would like themselves, but that’s not the point. Deep down you feel a stagnancy, a frozenness, a shrunkenness, as if you are already dead, as if something has closed. The flavor of life, the poetry and flow, the song, has disappeared and the fragrance is there no more. You go on because you have to. What can you do? You seem almost a victim of circumstance, chance - like a puppet - not knowing what you are doing, where you are going, from where you have come, who you are. This is failure.
If you really think that this has been so then there is no trouble - change is very easy. It is so spontaneous a phenomenon that in fact nothing is needed to be done about it; just the very understanding brings change. The very understanding becomes a transformation. Understanding is radical revolution, and there is no other revolution.
Good! Then take a jump into sannyas too. Close your eyes..
Anand means bliss, veet means beyond, raga means attachment - bliss which is beyond attachment. All bliss is beyond attachment. If you are attached you will be miserable.
Attachment brings misery, unattachment brings blissfulness. So use things, but don’t be used by them. Live life but don’t be lived by it. Possess things, but don’t be possessed by them. Have things - that’s not a problem. I am not for renunciation. Enjoy everything that life gives, but always remain free.
If times change, things disappear, it makes no difference to you. You can live in a palace, you can live in a hut.you can live as blissfully under the sky. This constant awareness that one should not start clinging to anything makes life blissful. One enjoys tremendously whatsoever is available. And it is always more than one can enjoy, and always available. But the mind is too attached to things - we become blind to that celebration that is always available.
There is a story of a Zen monk who was a master and a very poor man. He lived in a hut outside the town. One night a thief entered the hut, but there was nothing there to steal. The master became very worried about what the thief would think. He had come at least four or five miles out of the town, and on such a dark night..
He had only one blanket that he was using - that was his clothing and bedcover and everything. He put the blanket in the corner, but the thief could not see in the dark so he had to tell him to take the blanket, begged him to take it as a gift saying that he should not return empty-handed. The thief was much puzzled; he felt so awkward that he simply escaped with the blanket.