Nirvana becomes a nightmare if you seek it. And then nirvana is the greatest nightmare there is. Wealth can be found if you seek it. Power, prestige, can be found if you seek it. Of course, it takes a long time, much effort, and is almost useless…because when you have found it you find nothing there. But you can find it.
If you are mad enough you can find anything in the world. You just have to be mad enough – almost insane, crazy. Then, you will win, because nobody will be able to compete with you – unless somebody crazier than you comes to compete with you. You can find anything in the world that you crave for. There will be a nightmare, but there is an end to it….
But nirvana is the last and the ultimate nightmare.
Once you start seeking it, it is never going to happen – because the very nature of it is such that the very nature prevents you from reaching it. So when I say be herenow, I am saying please help nirvana to come to you. Be at home, just wait…sooner or later you will see – it has knocked.
Jesus says: “Knock, and the door shall be opened unto you.”
I say to you: “Just wait. Existence will knock. Just remain alert and open the door when it knocks.”
Existence has been continuously, constantly knocking, but you are not there to hear, to listen. You are not there to open the door. The guest is always standing at the door, but the host is missing.
Be a host; that’s what I mean when I say “be herenow.”
This simply means be a host to life, be a host to existence. Remain available, and everything is going to happen to you. Nothing is going to be debarred. There is nobody hindering the path except your own desire, except your own continuous running here and there. Rest a little while.
And when I say rest, I mean rest herenow. Don’t postpone it – because who can rest tomorrow?
And I will go on singing the beauties of ecstasy, but don’t misunderstand me. I’m not trying to convince you that nirvana has to be achieved. It is not a goal. It cannot be made a goal. It cannot be made an object of desire. It is available. Just look, have an alert look. Life is tremendously beautiful. It is showering on you from everywhere.
This, I call meditation. This is what Zen calls Zazen. Just sit, in an infinite waiting – watching, alert, aware, not going anywhere and the miracle of miracles happens – that which you were seeking and could not find, suddenly happens.
There is no contradiction in it, but your mind will make a contradiction, because unless your mind makes a contradiction out of it then the mind has no function to fulfill. First it creates a problem, then it tries to find a solution. Don’t allow the mind to create a problem where none exists.
I have heard about a physician. A man came to him; he was suffering from a common cold. The physician said, “Do one thing. The night is very cold. At midnight, naked, go to the lake and jump in.”