You say, “You never lie to me.” Why should I lie to you? I don’t have any business with you. I am not asking you to give anything; on the contrary, I am simply asking you to receive something. I am not a beggar. In all your relationships, you are all beggars – everybody wants to get something from the other.
I say emphatically: I am an emperor. I don’t ask you to give me anything. I am available; if you want to take something from me, I will be grateful to you. Remember, you need not even be grateful to me, because that too becomes a deep expectation.
Even if you are waiting for somebody to say, “Thank you” to you, you are bound to feel frustrated. I don’t want any gratitude. On the contrary, I am grateful to you because you were so generous in receiving. You have heard of the generosity of giving; you have not heard of the generosity of receiving.
The love, joy, bliss and ecstasy you sometimes feel inside yourself when you feel close to me, “feels like the only real thing in the world.” It is. The purity of love is the only real thing in the world – uncontaminated, unpolluted by any desires. When love is pure, you are in paradise. Your paradise is within you. Just let your love be absolutely pure.
Being close to me is simply a taste of the only real thing in the world. It is not the whole thing, but even the taste is so fulfilling. Just think: the moment you become just a flame of love, you will know reality in its wholeness.
You have caught eternity in your net of silence and you shower us with the diamonds of your clarity. Enlightenment and bliss seem to be so close, buddhahood just a step away, when you speak to us.
So why do I behave like a grumpy gorilla when I am with my girlfriend?
Devageet, being with a girlfriend, everybody behaves like a gorilla. Otherwise, the girlfriends feel very much frustrated. The more you behave like a gorilla, the more they feel satisfied. Just watch: your behaving like a gorilla is such a joy, no girlfriend is going to miss it. If you behave very gentlemanly, the girlfriend is going to be very frustrated.
But enlightenment is still one step away from the gorilla. It makes no difference where you are, enlightenment is always at a constant distance of one step. Just get out of the gorilla and you are enlightened.
Sometimes it is easier to get out of the gorilla – because who wants to be gorilla? It is more difficult if you are President Ronald Reagan or a prime minister of a country or the richest man in the world. It is more difficult for you to get out of that role – these are all roles played on the stage of life’s drama.