Life is a process, a flux. Life is unpredictable. No rule contains it. No rule can contain it. It is uncontainable. It has an absolute freedom. It goes on moving in new directions, new ways. It goes on finding new pastures of joy and bliss and ecstasy.
Rules come from the past, that’s why every society has different rules – because every society has a different history. Hindus have lived in one way, in one kind of climate, in one country; Mohammedans have lived in another way and in another kind of climate; Tibetans, again, have lived in a totally different way. Their histories are different, that’s why their moralities are different, that’s why their rules are different. Those rules are all arbitrary. They are utilitarian. They have nothing of reality in them. Yes, they help at a certain moment in time, but once life has moved beyond that moment they become just hangovers, ugly, burdening, heavy. They make you dull.
Martin Luther is not right. He was not really a man of God, he was more of a politician, more of a protestant – protesting, fighting – more of a revolutionary. He did not have a religious consciousness.
Faith is not based in any history, faith is based in experience. And when I say experience, I mean experiencing – because once one experience has become complete, it is past. While you are in it, pulsating, alive, throbbing, dancing, only then, only then and there can you contact God. And with that contact arises faith. Faith is not a conditioning, it is your own experience of the divine in life.
So remember, faith does not have a base in the history of the race. It does not even have a base in your own autobiography, it is not autobiographical. The real man of faith has no autobiography.
That’s why in the East we have a tradition that the sannyasin should not write his autobiography – because he should not think in terms of autobiography. If you ask a sannyasin from where he comes, he will laugh; to what society he belongs, he will laugh; what his old name was, he will laugh. He will not give you any clue about his past. Yogananda is the first Hindu sannyasin who has written an autobiography – The Autobiography of a Yogi – otherwise, the sannyasins have always insisted that they don’t have any past. They efface their past. They have only the present; the now is all that they have – hence the freedom, the absolute freedom of the sannyasin. Because he has no past he is not imprisoned anywhere. He has no autobiography.
Just think – if you can drop your autobiography completely, how free you will become in that very instant.
That is the meaning of my sannyas too. When I give you sannyas, what I am in fact telling you is to drop your history, drop your autobiography. Now be connected with your past no longer, become discontinuous with it. Now live the moment, and live the moment with clarity, intelligence, awareness, love, but not according to rules. Rules come from the past; love arises herenow. Intelligence is herenow; rules come from the past.