And the journey will move from one now to another now, from one here to another here, but it is not going to come to an end. It is an eternal pilgrimage.
And one should rejoice that life is eternal, that we are part of eternity, that there is no death, that there is no end, that there is no full-point.
The last six months without you were alright in the outer world, but inside there was always some part of me aching and missing you. Now, being here with you, immediately the aching has stopped. Is there any way to live without your physical presence and be fulfilled without being enlightened?
You have asked two questions in one question. Life can be a fulfillment without me – because I can be within you; why should I be without? But life cannot be fulfilled without enlightenment: that consolation I cannot give to you. Fulfillment and enlightenment mean the same thing.
There is no problem in being enlightened. It is the easiest thing in existence, for the simple reason that it is your nature. You are born enlightened; you just have to be helped to remember it. It is not an achievement, it is only a remembrance.
An old king was puzzled: How to choose his successor? He had a son, but just like any father he could not believe that his son was capable of doing anything. He asked his master what to do. The master said, “The question is not about your son, the question is about you – how can you be convinced that he is capable? You do one thing: renounce him, throw him out of the kingdom and tell him, ‘I have nothing to do with you.’”
The father said, “This seems to be too hard on the poor boy.”
The master said, “If you want to follow my idea, just do it.”
The son was thrown out of the kingdom and told that he was no longer the prince, he had to live his life on his own. He became a beggar –because this is a problem: if somebody is born a king and somehow he loses his kingdom, the only profession that is available for him is to be a beggar. He cannot do anything: he knows no craft, he knows no art. This can give you something of a very deep insight – that inside kings are beggars. Once their outside kingdom is taken away, only the beggar is left. When the kingdom was there the beggar was hidden, hidden from the sight of other people. But now that the kingdom was removed…the young man had no other way than to beg.