Chapter 7: Empty from Birth to Death
If you are also ready to open a new door into your being, if you are ready to hear from the heart, then whatever I am saying is so simple that there is no need to believe in it, because there is no way to disbelieve it. It is so simple that there is no way to doubt it.
I am against belief for the simple reason that, for all my teaching, no belief is needed. I am all for doubt because, for my simple teaching, you cannot doubt. All the religions of the world insist on belief, because what they are teaching can be doubted. And they are all against doubt because doubt can destroy their whole edifice.
I am simple and real. I am not metaphysical; hence there is no need to believe in me. If you have heard me, a trust is bound to arise which is not belief, which is closer to love; even if you try to doubt, you cannot. And when you cannot doubt something then there is real trust, indubitable trust. It transforms simply by being within you.
In the whole history of man, only Mahavira has made a distinction to be remembered - which is significant in this reference. He says that there are two ways to reach to the truth. One is the way of the shravaka. Shravaka means one who can hear, one who is able to hear from the heart. Then he need not do anything. Just hearing is enough, and he will be transformed. The other is the way of the monk, who will have to try hard to reach to the truth.
My effort has been not to create monks. That’s why I have chosen to speak, because just hearing you can be reborn. Nothing else is needed on your part, except a willingness to open the doors of your heart. Just let me in and you will not be the same again.
I have seen thousands of my people changing without their knowing; they have changed so drastically, but the change has happened almost underground. Their mind has not been even allowed to take part in it - just from heart-to-heart.
These people had not needed any therapy. These people here have not needed any meditation. If they have heard, the way I am telling you, then this is their meditation, and this is their therapy, and this is their revolution.
I have heard you extol “commune-ism” as the highest form of economic system, the sharing equally of abundance and richness in a loving family of man. Further, I have heard you say that the poor should be brought up to the level of the rich rather than the rich being dragged down into poverty, as has happened in all existing communistic societies. But how can the rich share wealth now, and live in “commune-ism” without being dragged down into economic mediocrity?
The first thing is that the rich people of the world should start living in communes. Let those communes be of the rich! - so they will not be dragged down from their standard of life, their comforts, their luxuries. Let there be around the world hundreds of communes of rich people - rich communes.