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Chapter 6: Existence Is Perfection

To me, the immediate is the ultimate. There is no goal, physical, psychological, spiritual. All is as it should be: it already is. Drop your tensions, anxieties for the future, what is going to happen. All has already happened. Live it! Don’t be ambitious. Goals make you ambitious, and they drive you crazy. The more goal-oriented a person is, the crazier he becomes - because ambition is nothing but ego. You can go on inventing new goals; there will always be the horizon beyond. And with those new goals your ego can go on and on having new trips.

The mystic and the world of the mystic is a totally different dimension. What I am saying has nothing to do with goal orientation - that is the way of the mind. I am teaching you the way of no-mind.

Digvijay, I know your tremendous interest in the evolutionary process. I am perfectly aware that you have devoted your whole life in that search. And you will be shocked when you hear me say that you have been wasting your life - wasting because the present is being sacrificed for the future. And unless you drop this idea of an ultimate goal you will never be able to come down to the earth, to the present, to the moment. And without that there is no meditation, and without meditation there is no godliness.

The immediate is the ultimate - I teach you the immediate, living moment to moment, without carrying the past. Buddha says, “Not hoarding the past, not accumulating the past”; I would like to add, not projecting into the future either. If the past and the future disappear, what is left? - a great silence, a profound presence of something utterly unknown. A mystery overwhelms you. And that mystery is immediate. I will not say ultimate, because ultimate means you can postpone for tomorrow. Immediate shakes you, shocks you into awareness right now.

A goal is possible if we divide life into means and ends. That’s how it has been down the ages. But life is one, it cannot be divided. It is indivisible, whole; it is an organic unity. Nothing is a means, nothing is an end. The whole of life is one. You cannot categorize means and ends.

But the moment you think about evolution, goal, you have to divide life, then something becomes a means and something else becomes the end. Adolf Hitler believed in evolution, hence he could convince the intelligentsia of Germany, which is one of the most sophisticated intelligentsia of the world. In the name of evolution he could preach his Nazi philosophy: that superman is the goal, that man has to be sacrificed for the superman. It appealed, it looked logical.

Who is the superman? And who is going to become the superman? - of course, the Nordics, the Germans. It enhanced the German ego tremendously. “Even if the whole humanity has to be destroyed, it is worth destroying because the great goal of super-humanity is looming large on the horizon. Everything can be sacrificed for it.” That’s how he could convince his country to drag the whole world into a world war.

Sri Aurobindo also talks in the same language - the language of evolution. Not the superman but the supermind is the goal. And you have to sacrifice your present for that supermind; again the same idea of sacrifice. Man has remained dominated by the idea of sacrifice. Sacrifice! Sacrifice! Sacrifice! Be a martyr! That’s the only way to create a golden future.

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