The masters have been pretending that they don’t need anything – they don’t need you, they don’t need your eyes, they don’t need your heartbeat, they don’t need your love, they don’t need your merger and meeting. That is an egoistic attitude. And anybody who pretends that he needs nothing is only a teacher, not a master. He himself needs to be a disciple. He has heard many beautiful truths, but he has not known anything on his own.
A true master, out of his sincerity, out of his humbleness, will accept the simple fact that he is not beyond any need. Of course, his needs are of a very spiritual kind.
He cannot live unless he can share. Even to exist is impossible for him – he loses all meaning – unless he can wake up people who are fast asleep, unless he can make people who are miserable become transformed into dancing roses. In their fulfillment he becomes again and again enlightened.
His enlightenment is not an incident: the authentic master is becoming continuously enlightened each moment. His enlightenment is a progress, an eternal progress; otherwise, the world would have been far more poor. It is already poor.
If Gautam Buddha needed nothing, then for forty-two years walking the whole land, talking to people, knowing perfectly well that they cannot understand, is an arduous task. Why is he doing it? He is helpless, he has to do it. It comes as an intrinsic part of his own enlightenment.
Before, it was a longing to become enlightened. Now it is a longing to make the whole world enlightened.
I love the way you speak so intimately to sannyasins who have been with you for a long time, remembering Veena with photographic clarity and whether someone else’s hands were cold or warm, and where he used to stand to greet you. The intimacy of you acknowledging us is such an incredibly beautiful gift it makes me weep. Could you say something about acknowledgment?
One of the most important secrets of life is that the something can be of immense spiritual value, and the same thing can be a great hindrance for your growth.
Such is acknowledgment. It can arise out of your ego – to be acknowledged – then it is dangerous. Then it is going to strengthen that which is false in you and block the doors for the real to open up.
But if it arises out of a simple, innocent heart – not as a nourishment to the ego but just as a blissful recognition that you are also there, that you are also in existence, that you are accepted as you are, that you are respected as you are – then acknowledgment can become a tremendous experience and transformation.
It all depends on you, what you make of it.