But how is compassion possible with the ego? With the ego, violence is possible, condemnation is possible. Love and compassion? no, they are not possible. So please be alert. It always happens when you come near a master and you hear the message, that your mind starts spinning things. It says, “They need it.” The whole world needs it except you. Be aware: you need it. You are they.
The world is not separate from you, the world is you multiplied.
And let me say to you that I teach selfishness. I don’t teach that you should go and serve others. I teach: love yourself, serve yourself, so that that which is hidden within you becomes manifest. The very flow of it will help others. Wherever you walk, whatsoever you do, will become a help. It is not that you are trying to help; your very being will become helpful.
The second question:
Having attained the peaceful state of mind which you call India, how can one sustain it in the pressures of the west? For me, it has been impossible.
Yes, I call India not a country, but an inner space. I call India not something that exists there in geography, on the maps. I call India that which exists hidden within you, and that which you have not yet discovered. India is your innermost space. India is not a nation, it is a state of mind.
The questioner asks, “Having attained the peaceful state of mind which you call India, how can one sustain it in the pressures of the West? For me, it has been impossible.”
Once you attain it, you cannot lose it. Even if you want to lose it, you cannot lose it. No real attainment is ever lost. Then, you must have imagined that you had attained to the innermost peace. Then, you must have deceived yourself. Then, something must have given you the idea that you had attained to it.
For example, if you go to the Himalayas, it is peaceful and silent. Eternal silence reigns there. In that silence you start feeling silent, you reflect silence. Don’t think that you have become silent; it is the Himalayas being reflected in you. The silence belongs to the Himalayas, not to you. When you come down to the plains, that silence is gone. Again you are in the turmoil, again you are the turmoil, again the anguish and the anxiety. And you think you have lost something which you had gained? No, in the first place you had never gained it. It belonged to the Himalayas; it still belongs there. You entered a certain situation, but you didn’t enter a certain state. The situation is something outside you, the state is something within you. And you deceived yourself. It is so easy to deceive oneself. One wants to feel that one has attained, because that also gives a very deep nourishment to the ego: I have attained.