Why did Gautama the great sage accept Satyakam Jabal? He was true. He could have deceived; the temptation is easy. To move in the world, saying to people, “I don’t know who is my father,” is very humiliating. But the mother was also true. It is easy to deceive the child because the child has no means to discover whether you are deceiving or not. When a child asks his mother, “Who created the world?” there is every temptation for the mother to say, “God created the world” – not knowing at all what she is saying.
This is the basic cause why, when children grow up, they become almost antagonistic towards their parents. They can never forgive them because they lie too much. They lose all respect for them. Parents go on saying, “Why? We loved you. We brought you up. The best we could do we have done. Why don’t children respect us?” You have lost the opportunity because of your lies. Once the child discovers that the mother and the father have been lying, the whole respect disappears. Deceiving a small helpless child? Saying things they did not know anything about?
That Jabala was a rare mother. She said, “I don’t know who is your father.” She accepted that when she was young she was moving with many men. She loved many men and was being loved by many men, so she does not know who is the father. A true mother. And the child was also brave. He told it to the master; he repeated exactly the words that the mother had said.
This truth appealed to Gautama; and he said, “You are a true brahmin.” This is the definition of being a brahmin; a true man is a brahmin. A brahmin has nothing to do with any caste. The very word comes from Brahman; it means “a seeker of truth,” a true authentic seeker.
Remember, the more you get involved in lies, howsoever paying they appear in the beginning, in the end you will find that they have poisoned your whole being.
Be authentic. If you are authentic, sooner or later you will discover you are not the body. Because authenticity cannot go on believing in a lie. The clarity dawns, the eyes become more perceptive, and you can see: you are in the body, certainly, but you are not the body. When a hand is broken, you are not broken. When you have a fractured leg, you are not fractured. When there is a headache, you know the headache; you are not the headache itself. When you feel hungry, you know the hunger, but you are not hungry. By and by the basic lie is sabotaged. Then you can enter deeper and can start seeing your thoughts, dreams floating in the consciousness. Then you can distinguish, discriminate – what Patanjali calls “vivek” – then you can discriminate what is the cloud and what is the sky.
Thoughts are like clouds moving in empty space. That empty space is the real sky, not the clouds – they come and go. Not the thoughts, but the empty space in which those thoughts appear and disappear.
Now let me tell you one very basic yoga structure of your being.