Right now everything is many. It is not that things are many, it is because you are divided within. That’s why things look many. It is just as if you break a mirror – many fragments. Then each fragment will mirror and you will see many faces. You are standing there, you are one, but the mirror is broken – you see many faces.
I have heard one old story:
A king made a palace. The whole palace was made of small mirrors, millions of mirrors. You enter the palace and you see yourself reflected in a million ways, millions of faces all around you. You are one, but the mirrors are many.
Once it happened, a dog entered the palace and got into much difficulty because he looked and he became scared. He started barking, so all the million dogs all around started barking. He thought, “Now there is no escape. And it is not a question of one enemy – millions of dogs, and all dangerous!” He jumped over them, he started fighting with them. He crashed against the wall and died.
This is what has happened to you, this is what is happening to everybody. The truth is one, but the mind has many fragments. Everything becomes divided and then you become afraid – enemies are all over. Then you bark, then you start fighting, you become aggressive, you start trying to defend yourself – unnecessarily, because there is nobody who is attacking you. You become paranoid. And then you crash your being against your own illusion and you die.
You live in suffering, you die in suffering. Become one within and suddenly everything outside becomes one. As you are, so is the universe – divided you, divided universe; undivided you, undivided universe.
…the ten thousand things
are as they are, of single essence.
To understand the mystery of this one-essence
is to be released from all entanglements.
When all things are seen equally,
the timeless self-essence is reached.
No comparisons or analogies are possible
in this causeless, relationless state.
That’s why nothing can be said about this ultimate illumination – because it is one and words exist for duality. You can say something, but whatsoever you say will not be the right thing, because it is a different level, a different dimension.
Christmas was coming near, and a tycoon, a very rich man, asked his son, “What would you like for a Christmas present, a gift for you?”
The boy said, “A baby brother.”
The tycoon said, “But that doesn’t give me enough time. Only two weeks are left.”
So the boy said, “So what of it? Can’t you put more men on the job?”