I said, “You are still impatient. The child can also die. What will happen to your love and your trust and your belief in God? With the death of the child your God would also die. He is born with the child and he would be gone with the child. You would hate him more than ever. Before, he was just not listening to your prayers, but now he has taken away your long, long desired child.”
He said, “Don’t say such a thing!”
I said, “I have to say it to make you aware that your love for God is seasonal. Just like the seasonal flowers – for weeks they are there dancing in the wind, and within weeks they are gone. Your love has not arisen from the center of your being. It is not an experience, it is just a bribe.”
And, by the way, I would like you to know that it is very difficult to destroy the ugly existence of bribery from this land, because this land has been bribing even God for thousands of years.
People go to the temples and they say, “If our desires are fulfilled we will offer you sweets, fruit. We will believe in you. The fulfillment of our desires is the only evidence that you exist.”
That’s why I say Kahlil Gibran is not yet a mystic. First, let us hear what Almustafa is saying:
It is to weave the cloth with threads drawn from our heart…
The heart is better than the head, but you are not the heart, you are still deeper: you are the being, eternal being. The moment your head dies, your heart will also stop beating. Your head and your heart both belong to the body and to the world.
Only you, in total purity of consciousness, belong to the eternal flow of life. Only you belong to existence. And if you are basing your belief on some desires which are fulfilled, it is better than to believe because certain arguments have convinced your head – but it is not yet the real thing.
You should love, not because of any reason; you should love because you are so overflowing with love. It should not be addressed to the beloved. And you all know your love goes on, up and down. The enemy can become the friend, the friend can become an enemy. You are not free, it depends on the object.
Your love is freedom only when it does not depend on any object but simply flows from your being for no cause at all. That’s why it cannot be changed. It is going to be eternal. Whether God exists or not makes no difference, whether there is any beloved or not makes no difference. You will still be loving.
It is not a question of loving someone, it is a question of being love yourself. That does not come from the heart, it comes from a very deep source, the ultimate depth of your being, and it showers over all: the deserving, the undeserving, the worthy, the unworthy. It makes no discriminations.