For me you seem to be pointing the way so strongly these days and I’ve almost become unattached to the finger…but then there is the arm, and the twinkling eyes, the sound of your voice, and the beautiful graceful atmosphere that surrounds you. With you it is so easy to say “manana” to the moon. What to do?
There is nothing to do. Say “manana” to the moon!
Just live the moment with intensity and totality. Live it with as much joy as possible, with as much love as possible, with no fear, no guilt. This existence is yours and this moment is a gift – don’t let it go to waste. And don’t be worried about enlightenment, the moon. This moment, living totally, is enlightenment.
Just the other day I was telling you the Buddhist sutra…. Gautam Buddha is really a miracle, because he even puts himself down. He creates a category beyond himself: a man who has gone beyond knowledge, beyond discipline, beyond enlightenment. Then billions of buddhas are not equal to it. That last part of the sutra is so valuable, particularly for you, because here is a man in front of you who has no knowledge, who has no discipline….
Just when we came here I was sleeping twenty hours a day. Nobody has done it before, and no religious person will forgive me – twenty hours a day! I was getting up in the morning for two hours to take a bath and take my food and go to sleep again, and two hours in the evening to take my bath, eat my food and go to bed again. And I loved it.
I don’t have a discipline; that’s why I don’t impose any discipline on you. When it has to be transcended, why bother in the first place to impose it? I am not telling you to read this holy book or that because finally it has to be transcended – transcend it right now!
Even enlightenment has to be transcended. I have never said it to anybody, but I have left enlightenment far behind. I have not said it because you will not understand it. It is difficult to understand enlightenment, and if I start saying that there is something even beyond it, you may lose all hope. You will say, “This is too much! First enlightenment was too much, and we were trying hard and nothing was happening. And now, beyond enlightenment…it is better to be ordinary and not bother about these things.”
That’s why I have not said it. But yesterday, the sutra, suddenly…I had no desire, but I could not deny the truth of what Buddha is saying. Experience, even the highest experience of enlightenment is still a duality: the experiencer and the experienced. And that duality has also to be dropped. But the moment you drop the experience, the experiencer also disappears – they can exist only together.
And that is the state of nirvana.
All has disappeared, the whole drama – the actors, the audience, everything has disappeared. Just an absolute silence prevails.
So don’t be worried. Just try to live this moment as sincerely, as totally as possible, without being disturbed by the past or by the future. Undistracted, go deep into it, and that’s enough. It is enlightenment.