Bodhidharma said, “Existence is not for people like you. Existence is for those who can give everything without asking for anything in return, knowing perfectly well that what they are giving already belongs to existence, it is not theirs.”
Do you think you have anything that has not been given by existence to you? And in returning it, you want some reward? You want some respectability, some prestige, some power? You have not understood even the abc of the communion with nature. When you know that as a separate entity you don’t exist, then there is no question of giving and taking. You are in existence, you have been in existence, you will be in existence. And this very understanding that “I am an essential part of this vast beautiful universe” will make you dance, will make you celebrate.
There is no need for any reason for dancing, for singing, for celebration. Just to be is enough. Out of this being will flow all your joy, all your laughter, all your gratitude, all your prayers.
I teach you this simple religiousness which has no doctrine, which has no reward for virtue and which has no punishment for sin. All those are fictions created by cunning priests and cunning founders of your religions. I want to erase the whole insane past of humanity completely, as if we are here for the first time.
You had touched a beautiful space, but because of old habits…it happens to everybody. Old habits follow you just like a shadow. You could not enjoy laughing, because your old habit was standing by the corner asking, “What are you doing? Have you gone mad? I don’t see anything, any reason to laugh, and you are laughing. Why are you crying? There seems to be no reason for tears.” Old habits have to be understood and renounced. All the world religions have taught you to renounce the world. I teach you to renounce your old habits.
And then you say, “In the night I woke up suddenly knowing, oh, I am just human, a human being. It sounds funny…” It does not sound funny, it is funny! You and a human being! Still the old categorization that you are human beings, others are animals, and there are others which are trees. Why make these categories?
Can’t you simply experience “being,” in its purity, without putting a label on it?
I am making it emphatically clear to you, because one label will follow another label. Labels have that habit. First you will say “human being” and then you will say, “Human being? I am an American, I am not an African Black. And I am Catholic Christian, I am not a Hindu. And particularly, I am a woman, I am not a man.” And there is no end to this long process.
Simply accept that you are. This pure isness without any labels is the inner unfolding of your potential. There is nothing more that you can aspire to.
It is all in all.