A smile must have come to his face, and not only to his face but to his heart also. In that moment he must have expanded. Now there was nothing to shrink, to remain closed. Even death was accepted. When you accept death, you have accepted God. Everybody desires for life. When you accept life you don’t accept much. When you accept death you have accepted all.
An enlightened person is one who has not only accepted death, who has really died. He is no more there, the house is absolutely empty. Or he is that emptiness. That emptiness is luminous, full of light. Now he moves hand and hand with God. Now wherever God takes him, to whatsoever land – uncharted, unmapped – he runs along, dancing. He is not dragged.
If you are dragged by life, then you must be fighting with it. If you are bored by life, then you must be fighting with it. If you are frustrated by life, you must be fighting with it. These are indications that you are not reconciled to life, that you have not yet become mature enough to surrender; you are childish, you are in a childish tantrum.
A man who is really mature has no will of his own. He says, “Thy will be done.” It is only immature minds who go on carrying their own will, and of course they suffer. Will brings suffering, will is the way to hell. You bring suffering, you are the way to hell. You create suffering.
Of course, an enlightened person functions totally differently. He himself does not know where he is going, and he is not worried about it either. He does not think about it – where he is going. He trusts: wherever he is going, it is good. His trust is total and infinite.
He trusts life, you trust yourself. He trusts the whole, you trust a tiny part. He trusts the immense, the infinite, you trust the mediocre human mind. His trust makes him wise, your trust makes you stupid. You doubt the whole and you trust yourself. He has dropped himself and he trusts the whole. He is never to be frustrated, he has no regrets. He never looks back, because whatsoever was, was – and whatsoever was, was good.
And it is not just only a mind thing. He feels it, his whole existence is radiated with “yes!” He says “yes” to life, you go on saying “no.” No-saying creates ego, yea-saying drops the ego, helps the ego to drop and disappear.
The enlightened person is an absolute, unconditional “yes.” It is very difficult to understand it unless you have tasted something of it. That is the only way to know about it.
“Is an enlightened person self-sufficient in the world?”
That’s why I say you can understand it only if you have known it, if you have become it. Otherwise you will go on asking questions which are irrelevant. For example: “Is an enlightened person self-sufficient in the world?”
He has no self, so how can he be self-sufficient? He has no self, so how can he be in any way self-sufficient? I am not saying that he is discontented. I am not saying that he is unsatisfied, and I am not saying that he is not sufficient. I am simply saying that he cannot be self-sufficient because he has no self.