The real thing is not that you don’t possess anything – just don’t be possessive. Enjoy everything of the world – it is for you; but enjoy it the way you enjoy the moment – don’t possess it. Don’t be like those two drunkards who were lying down on a full moon night by the side of a tree, enjoying the full moon. One of them said, “Sometimes I think I should purchase the moon.” The other said, “Forget all about it because I am not going to sell it.” Just enjoy it – why bother about purchasing and selling?
Your aloneness is a deep, inner experience. It is the experience of your own consciousness. There is not even a shadow of misery or pain. It is pure bliss, it is absolute benediction, as if God is showering on you. Only when you are alone God showers on you – only then.
So, remember it is the only way to bliss, to freedom, to truth, to godliness, to eternal life. Don’t be addicted to anything and don’t be fixated psychologically – by your father, by your mother, by your friend.
Whenever I see people who are fixated – and there are rarely people who are not – I always remember small children on railway stations, at airports, carrying their teddy bears – dirty, smelly, greasy, almost looking like Italians, as if they are stuffed with spaghetti. But they are clinging to them, they cannot sleep without them. Wherever they go, they carry their teddy bears.
You also have your teddy bears, but they are not visible. It is okay for small children but one should get out of this kind of childish psychology; one should become more mature.
No Catholic can be mature, no other religious person can be mature, because there is always the teddy bear above – God. They cannot live without a false hypothesis, a lie, but that lie helps – it gives you a certain solace. To seek solace or consolation is to remain retarded. Come out of this retardedness and become mature.
There is a growing awareness of when I am not “myself.” In meditation, and being in your presence, in the good moments, there is no “myself.” Beloved master, what do you mean when you say, “Be yourself?”
It is one of the greatest statements made by Socrates: “Know thyself.” But I have always thought it is incomplete. Unless another statement is added to it, it will not be complete, and that statement is: “Be thyself.”
To know thyself, first you have to be thyself; otherwise, how can you know?
The second thing: as you enter into the inner world of mystery, of being oneself, of knowing oneself, you will come to a point where you become aware that the word self is confusing – confusing in the sense that it has two meanings. Its true meaning is your soul; and its pseudo meaning is your ego. And that’s what is creating your problem: whenever we use the word yourself, usually we mean your ego, your “I-ness.”