Consciousness without thinking – that is what awareness is. Being alert and with no thought. Try it. Whenever you see thinking gathering, disperse it. Pull yourself out of it. Look at the trees with no screens of thinking between you and the trees. Listen to the chirping of the birds with no chirping of the mind inside. Look at the sun rising and feel that inside you also a sun of consciousness is rising; but don’t think about it, don’t assert, don’t state, don’t say. Simply be. And by and by, you will start feeling glimpses of awareness, sudden glimpses of awareness, as if a fresh breeze has entered your room which was getting stale and dead; as if a ray of light has entered the dark night of your soul; as if, suddenly, life has called you back.
You have heard the story of Lazarus. That is a story of man as such.
It is said Lazarus died. Jesus loved him very much. His sisters informed Jesus. By the time the news reached him, Lazarus had been dead for four days. Jesus came running. Everybody was crying and weeping, and he said, “Don’t weep, don’t cry. Let me call him back to life.”
Nobody could believe him. Lazarus is dead. And the sisters of Lazarus said, “He is now stinking, he cannot come back. His body is deteriorating.”
But Jesus went to the grave where the body was preserved for him to come. The stone was pulled aside. In the dark cave Jesus called out, “Lazarus, come out!” And it is said he came out.
It may not have happened that way. It may be just a parable. But it is a beautiful parable about man.
When I look into your eyes, that’s all I can say: “Lazarus, come out!” You are dead and stinking. You are not yet alive. You are born, but you need to be reborn. Your first birth has not been of much help. It has brought you to a certain point, but that is not enough. You have to go a little further. The birth that has already happened to you is only physical – you need a spiritual birth.
It is said:
One professor of Jerusalem university went to see Jesus. Of course, he went in the night. His name was Nicodemus. He was a very rich, respectable man, a great scholar, well known in the Jewish world. He was afraid to go to Jesus in the daylight – because what will people think? He was known to be a great, learned man, wise – what will they think, that he has gone to this carpenter’s son to ask something? He was older than Jesus – could almost have been Jesus’ father. No, it was not possible for him to go in the daylight. Cunning and clever, he went in the night when there was nobody else around. And Jesus asked him, “Why didn’t you come in the day?”
He said, “I was afraid.”
Jesus must have laughed. He said, “Nicodemus, for what have you come? What do you want of me?”
He said, “I would like to know how I can know the divine, how I can know the truth.”
Jesus said, “You will have to be reborn.”
Nicodemus could not understand. Jokingly he said, “What do you mean? Have I to enter again into a woman’s womb? Are you joking or something? Are you kidding or something?”