Gratitude follows like a shadow when you have an inner blessing, a feeling of constant benediction.
Be a man of discipline but never be a man of control. Then how can you be disciplined? You know only one meaning of discipline and that is being controlled – by yourself or by others. Drop all rules and regulations and live life with a deeper alertness, that’s all. Understanding should be the only law. If you understand you will love, if you love you will not commit any harm to anybody; if you understand you will be happy, if you are happy you will share. If you understand you will become so blissful that from your whole being, continuously as a continuum, like a river, will arise a thankfulness towards existence. That is the prayer.
Try to understand life, don’t force, and remain always free from the past, because if the past is there and you are controlling, you cannot understand life. And life is so fleeting; it doesn’t wait.
But why do people try to make rules? Why do they fall into the trap at all? They fall into the trap because a life of understanding is a life of danger. You have to rely upon yourself. The life of control is comfortable and secure, you need not rely on yourself: Moses will do, the Bible will do, the Koran will do, the Gita will do – you need not bother about the problems, you can escape from them. You take shelter in old words, disciplines, thoughts; you cling to them. This is how you make a comfortable life, a life of convenience – but a life of convenience is not a life of bliss. Then you miss joys because joys are possible only when you live dangerously. There is no other way to live.
Live dangerously, and when I say, “Live dangerously” I mean live according to your own self, whatsoever the cost. Whatsoever is at stake, live according to your own consciousness, according to your own heart and feeling. If all security is lost, all comfort and convenience is lost then too you will be happy. You may be a beggar, you may not be a king, you may be on the streets in rags, but no emperor can compete with you. Even emperors will feel jealous of you because you will have a richness ( a richness not of things, a richness of consciousness. You will have a subtle light around you and you will have a feeling of blissfulness. Even others can touch that feeling: it is so visible, so substantial, others will be affected by it; it will become a magnet. You may outwardly be a beggar but inwardly you have become a king.
But if you live a life of convenience and security and comfort you will avoid danger, you will avoid many difficulties and sufferings; but by avoiding those difficulties and sufferings you will avoid all the bliss that is possible in life. When you avoid suffering you avoid bliss, remember that. When you try to escape a problem you are escaping the solution also. When you don’t want to face a situation you are crippling your own life.