That is the only hope for man: to listen to your heart and go along with it. Then your life will become a blissful pilgrimage. All the methods of meditation I teach to you are nothing but…. In short, it can be said that they are bringing you from the head to the heart, from logic to love, from ego to egolessness, from your separation to a deep merging and melting with the whole.
The whole knows better.
The whole knows nothing of your ideals, the whole knows nothing about your moralities and conceptions of right and wrong. But the miracle is, the moment you merge with the whole, everything is right and everything is good and everything is beautiful. Satyam shivam sundaram: it is true, it is divine, and it has a beauty that is not of this earth.
You are also stating…. The thing I said just yesterday to Shantideva, “Don’t ask so many questions otherwise you will get dengue fever.” You have got dengue fever! You are saying, “I have a feeling that my body makes me aware of it, reacting with a high fever.” It is not a high fever, it is simply dengue fever! It will go within two days, so don’t be worried. It is bound to happen in this city of Pune, where there must be at least twenty times more mosquitoes than people – and not small mosquitoes. Maharashtrian mosquitoes are very stubborn!
I am reminded….
I was staying with one of the Buddhist monks, one of the most learned in India, Bhikkshu Jagdish Kashyap, in Sarnath. There were so many mosquitoes that even in the daytime we would sit inside the mosquito net. He would sit in his mosquito net, I would sit in my mosquito net.
I asked him, “Jagdish Kashyap, do you know why Buddha never came again to Sarnath?” …Because it is a strange thing that Sarnath is the only place that Buddha visited only once and stayed only one day. He visited Vaishali twenty times and he visited hundreds of towns dozens of times – because in forty-two years of continuous preaching he was always on the move. But in the whole of history no one has ever wondered why he did not come to Sarnath again.
Jagdish Kashyap told me, “I am a great scholar of Buddhist scriptures, but I cannot answer your question. How can you find such strange questions?”
I said, “Write down in your scriptures that Buddha never came back to Sarnath because he had no mosquito net!”
And when I came to Pune, I realized the mosquito net is far more necessary in this religious city, this cultured city. You can see all around…even in such a hall you have to put up a mosquito net. I have looked at the mosquitoes. They are bigger than the mosquitoes of Sarnath.
Don’t be worried about the dengue fever. It will go.
What is religion?