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Chapter 4: Have a Cup of Tea

When Jilani came and they both sat in silence, the instruments started to make music - the whole room was filled. Chishti became very puzzled over what to do. He had hidden them, and such music he had never known before. Jilani laughed and said, “Rules are not for you - you need not hide them. Rules are for ordinary people, rules are not for you - you should not hide them. How can you hide your soul? Your hands may not play, you may not sing from the throat, but your whole being is musical. And this whole room is filled with so much music, with so many vibrations, that now the whole room is playing by itself.”

When your mind is fresh the whole existence becomes a melody. When you are fresh, freshness is everywhere and the whole existence responds. When you are young, not burdened by memory, everything is young and new and strange.

This Joshu is wonderful. This has to be felt deeply, then you will be able to understand. But that understanding will be more like feeling than understanding - not mental but from the heart.

Many more dimensions are hidden in this story. Another dimension is that when you come to an enlightened person, whatsoever you say makes no difference; his response will be the same. Your questions, your answers are not meaningful, not relevant; his response will be the same.

To all the three Joshu responded in the same way, because an enlightened person remains the same. No situation changes him; the situation is not relevant. You are changed by the situation, you are completely changed; you are manipulated by the situation. Meeting a person who is a stranger, you behave differently. You are more tense, trying to judge the situation: What type of man is this? Is he dangerous, not dangerous? Will he prove friendly or not? You look with fear. That’s why with strangers you feel an uneasiness.

If you are traveling in a train, the first thing you will see is passengers asking each other what they do, what their religion is, where they are going. What is the need of these questions? These questions are meaningful because then they can be at ease. If you are Hindu and they are also Hindu, they can relax - the man is not very strange. But if you say, “I am a Mohammedan,” the Hindu becomes tense. Then some danger is there, some stranger is there. He will make a little space between you and him - he cannot be at ease, he cannot relax - or he may even change his seat. But even a Mohammedan is religious. If you say, “I am an atheist; I am not religious at all, I don’t belong to any religion,” then you are even more of a stranger. An atheist? Then he will feel that just sitting by your side he will become impure. You are like a disease; he will avoid you. People start asking questions not because they are very curious about you; no, they just want to judge the situation - whether they can relax, whether they are in a familiar atmosphere or if something strange is there. They are on their guard and this is their inquiry for safety.

Your face changes continuously. If you see a stranger you have a different face; if you see a friend, immediately the face changes; if your servant is there you have a different face; if your master is there you have a different face. You continuously change your masks because you depend on the situation. You don’t have a soul, you are not integrated; things around you change you.

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