If you are stuck in the second – become alert. Remember always there are two possibilities at every level. The first layer is a lubricant for a man who understand it; nothing wrong in it, it helps; it smoothes movement into the world. Millions of people are there, much conflict is there – bound to be, and if you are a little formal with people, you know how to behave, it helps – you and others also; nothing wrong in it. But if it becomes the whole thing then everything goes wrong. Then the medicine becomes the poison.
This distinction has to be remembered continuously on every level. On the second level, if you are just enjoying the game, knowing well that this is a game, and you are not serious about it – the moment you become serious it is no more a game, it has become the reality, then you are caught – if you enjoy it as fun: perfectly good! Enjoy it! Help others to enjoy it; the whole world is a great stage, but don’t be serious about it.
Seriousness means illness has entered into your being. Now you think this is the whole, becoming President of the United States is all; you sacrifice yourself and others and you use all sorts of means to achieve this end, and when it is fulfilled, you find nothing is fulfilled. Because it was just on the game layer, a dream thing. When you awake you are deeply frustrated – your whole life gone, nothing achieved.
This is the frustration of rich people. This is the frustration of affluent countries. This is the frustration of all those who become successful. When they succeed, then they suddenly fail. Then they come face to face with the fact that they have wasted their life in a game.
Remember, be alert, otherwise, if you are not stuck at the first layer you will be stuck at the second.
Then there is a third layer: the layer of chaos. Because of this third layer people are afraid to move inwards; that’s why they get stuck in the second layer.
In the second layer everything is clean, clear. The rules are known, because every game has its rules. If you know the rules, you can play the game. Nothing is mysterious in the second layer. Two plus two always make four in the second layer – not so in the third. The third is not like the second, it is chaos: tremendous energy, with no rules! You become afraid. The third layer gives you fear.
That’s why when you start meditating, and you fall from the second layer to the third, you feel chaos. Suddenly, you don’t know who you are! The world of who is who, is the second, the bullshit layer. If you want to know about the second go and consult the book Who’s Who? They are published all over the world. The names of the people there are of the second layer.
In the third layer suddenly you become aware that you don’t know who you are! Identity is lost, rules disappear, tremendous chaos, a vast ocean in a storm; beautiful if you can understand. If you cannot understand: very terrible. This third layer, if understood well, and if you can remain mindful in it, will give you the first glimpse, the first vital glimpse of life. Otherwise you will go neurotic.