Sosan says fall back, and if you ask me I will say Sosan is easier than Patanjali. The same will happen in the end. Much effort will bring you to effortlessness, no-effort also will bring you to effortlessness – because effort can never be the goal, effort can only be the means. You cannot go on making effort forever and forever. You make effort to reach a state of effortlessness.
With Patanjali, effort is the path, effortlessness is the goal; effort is the means, effortlessness is the end. With Sosan effortlessness is the means, effortlessness is the goal. With Sosan the first step is the last step; with Sosan there is no distinction between means and goals. But with Patanjali there is – you have to make many steps.
So with Patanjali the enlightenment will be gradual. With Sosan the enlightenment can be instantaneous, in this very moment – it can be sudden. If you can understand Sosan then there is nothing more beautiful than that. But if you cannot understand, then Patanjali is the only way.
The way is perfect, like vast space
where nothing is lacking and nothing is in excess.
Indeed, it is due to our choosing to accept or reject
that we do not see the true nature of things.
Because we accept or reject, that’s why we cannot see the true nature. Then you bring your ideas, opinions, prejudices, and then you color everything. Otherwise everything is perfect. You have just to look. Pure… A look without any ideas, a look without any rejection. Acceptance… A pure look, as if your eyes don’t have a mind behind them, as if your eyes are just mirrors: they don’t say, “Beautiful. Ugly.” A mirror simply mirrors whosoever comes before it, it has no judgment.
If your eyes have no mind behind them, they just mirror. They simply look. They don’t say, “This is good and that is bad” – they don’t condemn, they don’t appreciate. Then everything is as clear as it can be, nothing is to be done. This clarity, these eyes without opinions and prejudices – and you have become enlightened.
Then there is no problem to be solved. Then life is no longer a riddle. It is a mystery to be lived, enjoyed, a dance to be danced. Then you are not in any conflict with it, then you are not doing anything here. Then you are simply enjoying, then you are blissful.
This is what heaven means: where you are not expected to do anything, where you don’t try to earn bliss – where bliss is natural, where it showers on you. This can happen here and now. It has happened to Sosan, it has happened to me, it can happen to you. If it can happen to one, it can happen to all.
Live neither in the entanglements of outer things,
nor in inner feelings of emptiness.
Be serene, without striving activity in the oneness of things
and such erroneous views will disappear by themselves.