The effort to help, the effort to get the help, the surrender, the constant struggle of the ego not to surrender, all the explanations, all the teachings – the whole thing becomes absurd. Your many, many lives become just like dreams. And now you can laugh, because you could have awakened any moment. You could have become enlightened, you could have come out of your dreaming at any moment in any life.
Once you attain this enlightenment – because surrender is one aspect, enlightenment is another aspect, the other side of the same coin. It is the same door. When you enter, on the door is written – Surrender. When you have entered and you look back, on the door is written – Enlightenment. It is the same door! From one side it is the entrance; from the other side it is the exit. That’s why there is so much insistence on surrender – samarpan.
The relationship is very complex, because only one exists. The other relater is not there. So all the games with a master are really your games. You are playing, it is a game of patience. The other is simply watching you play. You change tactics, you try this way and that way. You try in many ways, but unnecessarily, because the only effort which will be helpful is surrender. All else is just to prepare you to come to a moment of realization – when you see the whole absurdity of all effort and simply drop it.
Many techniques are used. Those techniques are not really going to help. They are only going to help you to realize that you have to surrender. They will simply prove the futility of all effort. But you play a game. You go on changing your tactics. The ego employs every type of strategy – for the ego it is a life-and-death problem. It will deceive you, it will deceive you continuously. And the ego is a perfect rationalist. When it deceives it gives you reasons. You cannot argue with it, and if you try to argue you will be defeated.
Hence the supremacy of trust and faith. Only a faithful one can surrender, and only a faithful one can reach to the very peak of existence, to the climax of bliss.
One of the deepest psychologists in the West in the 20th century was Abraham Maslow. His whole life he worked around the phenomenon of peak experience. He devoted his whole life to the phenomenon of certain experiences which he called the peak, the ultimate, the final – the enlightenment of Buddha, or the luminous unconsciousness of Ramakrishna, or the ecstasy of Meera, Böhme, Eckhart – the peak, the highest that can happen to human consciousness.
Trying to probe into this phenomenon, Maslow became aware that there are two types of people. One he calls peakers; the other he calls non-peakers. Peakers are those who are ready and open and receptive; non-peakers are those who are convinced that no peak experience is possible. In the non-peakers he includes scientists, rationalists, logicians, materialists, businessmen, politicians, all these types of people – practical types, so-called practical people, for whom the end is meaningless, they are means-oriented. These people create walls around themselves, and because of those walls they cannot have any ecstasy. When they cannot have any ecstasy, their original standpoint is confirmed. Then they create more walls, and that becomes a vicious circle.