It is like this: you are in a dream; if the dream comes to a peak it will be broken. Always it happens – whenever a dream comes to a climax it is broken. And what is the climax of a dream? The climax of a dream is the feeling that this is real. You feel this is real, not a dream, and you go on and on and on and on to a higher peak and the dream becomes almost real. It can never become real; it becomes almost real. It comes so close to reality that now you cannot go further, because one step more and the dream will become real – and it cannot become real because it is a dream. When it comes so close to reality sleep is broken, the dream is shattered, you are fully awake.
The same happens with all types of fallacies. Ego is the greatest dream. It has its beauty, its agony. It has its ecstasy, its agony. It has its heavens and hells, both are there. Dreams are sometimes beautiful and sometimes nightmares, but both are dreams.
So I don’t tell you to come out of your dream before the time has come. No, never do anything before the time. Allow things to grow, allow things to have their time so that everything happens naturally. Ego will drop. It can drop of its own accord also. If you simply allow it to grow and help it to grow, there will be no need to drop it.
This is very deep, because if you drop it, ego has remained inside. Who will drop it? If you think you will drop it you are the ego, so whatsoever you drop will not be the real thing. The real thing will be preserved and you will have thrown something else. You cannot make yourself egoless. Who will do it? It happens, it is not a doing. You grow into ego and a point comes when the whole thing becomes so hellish that the dream is broken. Suddenly you see the goose is out – it has never been in the bottle. You have never been an ego. It was just a dream around you. A necessary dream, I say, so I don’t condemn it – it is a necessary part of growth.
In life everything is necessary. Nothing is unnecessary, nothing can be unnecessary. Whatsoever has happened had to happen. Whatsoever is happening is happening because of certain deep causes. You need it to remain in the fallacy. It is just a cocoon that helps you, protects you, helps you to survive. But one need not be in the cocoon forever. When you are ready break the cocoon, come out. The ego is the shell of the egg, it protects you. But when you are ready, break the shell, come out of the egg. The ego is the shell. But wait. Hurry will not be of much help; haste will not help – it may hinder. Allow time, and don’t condemn it – because who will condemn it?
Go to the so-called saints – they talk of humbleness, humility. Look into their eyes: and you will not find such refined egos anywhere else. Now their egos have taken the garb of religion, yoga, sainthood – but the ego is there. They may not be collecting riches, they may be collecting followers. The coins have changed and they go on counting – how many followers…?