In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, “If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink.”
I have heard:
The day Woodrow Wilson died, the doctors, feeling that his death was coming closer and closer, apprised him about the nearness of death. Just a few seconds before he died, they decided to tell the old man. They told him that death was coming closer and closer.
He opened his eyes and said, “Ready” – that was all – closed his eyes, a smile on his face, and disappeared.
A Jesus is always ready – readiness to go back, readiness to fall back onto the shores – because a Jesus is ripe. And whenever a fruit is ripe, the fruit can say, “Yet a little while I am with you – with the tree, a little while – and then I go unto him that sent me.” And then the fruit drops to the earth, and disappears into the earth from where it came.
Whenever you have become ripe, you disappear. That is the meaning of the Eastern concept of becoming free from birth and death. Whenever you become ready, there is no need for you to be thrown back into existence again and again. You are thrown back because you don’t learn the lesson. It is like a child who fails every time and has to be sent back again to the same class. If he learns the lesson, passes the examination, then he is sent to another class, a higher one. And when he finishes his education, then there is no need to go back there. the world is a training, a discipline. You are sent again and again, because you have not yet learned the lesson. Once you learn it, you are back to the original source.
Jesus is constantly aware, Buddha is constantly aware. Whether Buddha lasted for forty years and Jesus lasted only for three years, it doesn’t make much difference, because in the vast eternity, forty years is just a little longer.
In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying,
before he was crucified
“If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink.”