No enlightened person has said that he can save another person, because in saving somebody, you are making him dependent on you. And if I can save somebody, I can throw him back into his miserable world. It was my work….
It happened…I was sitting on the bank in Allahabad, where the Ganges is really beautiful and vast like an ocean. I saw a man jump. I thought he was enjoying a swim, but then he started shouting, “Save me!”
I was a little puzzled, but there was no time to think it over, so I jumped in and carried him out.
The man said, “What have you done? I was trying to commit suicide.”
I said, “This is strange. Then why did you call, ‘Save me!’?”
He said, “Because of the fear.”
So you know what I did? I pushed him back! I said, “Now go on your way. Even if you shout ‘Save me!’ I am not going to come. And we are the only two here.”
If somebody can save you, he can throw you back in the river.
In the East, enlightened people have always emphasized one thing: that you can save yourself; nobody else can do it for you.
There are things one has to do for oneself. In one of the existentialist novels there is a story, which I don’t think is ever going to happen, but – looking at the stupidity of human beings, sometimes I become doubtful – perhaps it can happen. A rich man sends his servant to kiss his girlfriend. Now, would you like a servant to go and kiss your wife on your behalf? Or your girlfriend? There are things you have to do. You cannot rely on servants.
And this is the greatest thing in life: to know oneself. You cannot depend on somebody else.
Nobody can enter in the very center of your being, except you. This is the dignity of consciousness, that there is no way to trespass it.
And that’s what Jesus is trying to say, that he is going to trespass everybody’s consciousness. He is going to save the whole humanity.
I am not your savior. I am at the most your friend. It is just your kindness to call me your master.
As far as I am concerned, I am not anybody’s master. That word is connected with the slave, with the servant, with dependence. I am just a fellow traveler. Just a little bit of difference, of course – that you go on walking with closed eyes and I go on walking with open eyes. Any moment you can open your eyes, nobody is preventing you. It is your decision to keep them shut. It is going to be your decision to open them.