But one day it happened…Rabindranath had gone for a morning walk. In the night it had rained; it was very early morning and the sun was rising. In the ocean it was all gold, and by the side of the streets water had gathered in small pools. In those small pools also the sun was rising with the same glory, with the same color, with the same joy…. And just this experience – that in existence there is nothing superior and nothing inferior, that all is one whole – suddenly triggered something in him. For the first time in his life he went to the old man’s house, knocked on the door, looked into the eyes of the old man and said, “Now, what do you say?”
He said, “Now there is nothing to say. It has happened. I bless you.”
The experience of your immortality, of your eternity, of your wholeness, of your oneness with existence is always possible. It only needs some triggering experience.
The whole function of the master is to create a situation in which the experience can be triggered; and suddenly the cloud of death disappears and there is all sunshine – tremendous life, abundant life, life full of song and full of dance.
So the first thing, Amrita, is to get rid of death. All fears will disappear. You don’t have to work on each single fear; otherwise it will take lives and still you will not be able to get rid of them.
You say, “I am most aware of a big fear….”
Everybody is more or less aware of the big fear, but the fear is absolutely rootless, baseless. And you say “…or guilt in me, when I sit with You.”
The fear is natural, because death is known by everybody around. Guilt is not natural; it is created by religions. They have made every man guilty – guilty of a thousand and one things, so burdened with guilt that they cannot sing, they cannot dance, they cannot enjoy anything. The guilt poisons everything.
Sitting with me it becomes more clear to you, because I am a stranger amongst you; I don’t have any guilt. Guilt is an absolutely non-existential thing. It is the conditioning of religions.
Sitting with me, everything inside you starts becoming clear by contrast: Here is a man who has no guilt, a man who has no fear, a man who is absolutely alone in this whole world – a single man against the whole world. All your guilt that ordinarily remains unconscious, because you are living with the same kind of people, with the same kind of conditioning….
Being with me is being with a mirror.
And to see yourself and the mess that you are carrying within you, is certainly saddening. But it is also important, because if you become aware of it, it can be dropped. Guilt is an idea accepted by you. You can reject it, and it can be rejected because it is not part of existence. It is part of some stupid theology, of some old primitive religion.
You are saying, “and I am longing so much to be totally open to You.” And you become afraid because the closer you become, the more open you become, the more you feel yourself full of guilt, sadness, misery, condemnation. You have been humiliated so much. All the religions have conspired against innocent human beings to make them guilty, because without making them guilty they cannot be made into slaves. And slaves are needed. For a few people’s lust for power, millions of people are needed to be enslaved. For a few people to become Alexander the Great, millions have to be reduced to a sub-human status.