When you are in a love relationship with me, those words simply become aflame. They have a light in them, they are luminous. They are not ordinary words; they are words of your master, they are words coming from a source to which you have become devoted. They are really your words – as if your own being has spoken to you. There is intimacy, there is love. And in that love, the miracle happens.
It is up to you. But don’t be clever; that cleverness will not help. To be with me means to be involved with me. You can be here, but if you are not with me, your being here is superficial. You will remain on the periphery, you will remain an outsider. And great secrets can only be delivered in deep intimacy. They can be only delivered through love.
You say, “I have been a devotee of Baba Muktananda…”
It is already a “have been,” it is finished. You have learned whatsoever you could learn from him; you have grown out of it, you have passed that class. Now enter into a new class, enter into a new land, explore this new country.
You say, “And I ran a center for him. I experienced a period of extreme difficulty and it was not until I read your books that I understood all that was and still is happening.”
If just by reading my books you have been helped, then think what is possible if you get involved with me. Even the impossible is possible.
And Muktananda has helped you, that’s why you are here. It is not betraying him. He has helped in his own way; without him you would not have been here. But now you have to go beyond. You have used the boat, now you have to leave it behind. Don’t become too attached to the boat, otherwise the whole journey becomes absurd. If you are too attached to the boat you will not leave it; you will not get to the other shore, and you will be puzzled and you will be confused.
Reading my books is an intellectual way of communicating with me. Being a disciple is a non-intellectual, intuitive way of communing with me. Reading my books, listening to my words, is from head to head. Becoming a sannyasin is from heart to heart.
Yes, a few things can be communicated through the head, through words, but those few things are not really the heart of the matter. The real heart of the matter can be communicated only from heart to heart. Only in tremendous devotion, receptivity, passionate love, surrender, in trust, does the flame jump from the master to the disciple. And the flame can jump only when you have come very close.
It is up to you.
You ask, “I question the need to be attached to another teacher.”
If you are still attached to Muktananda, go back to him, forget all about me. Then I am not for you. But don’t become confused, because I am a totally different kind of man. Then you will remain attached to the primary class; then you can go on playing the same game again and again.
Muktananda is a teacher – orthodox, conventional, a puritan, part of the status quo, traditional. I am just the opposite: I am not a teacher, I am not teaching you any doctrine, I am not giving you any creed.