Perhaps because it has been always there, that’s why you have forgotten it. The obvious is always forgotten. Remember it when you are feeling a well-being, a euphoria; remember it when you are in misery, in anguish. Remember it in all climates, in all moods – go on remembering it. Soon you will be able to remain centered in it, there will be no need to remember.
And that is the greatest day in one’s life.
That day you become enlightened.
That day you become awakened.
That day zorba changes into a buddha.
In my explorations before taking sannyas, I was initiated into the four meditation techniques of Guru Maharaji. I had a very beautiful experience with one of the techniques during the initiation session, and still find the techniques simple and fascinating. However, there is much conflict in me about using these techniques since I have become a sannyasin. And I never fell in love with Guru Maharaji like I fell in love with you.
Can you please give some guidance about whether or not it is okay for me to continue practicing these techniques while being a sannyasin – or should I drop them?
Also, I would love to hear what you have to say about Guru Maharaji.
There is no problem. If you feel good with any technique you can continue it. From where it comes does not matter, who has given it to you does not matter. If it gives you pleasant feelings, a certain silence, serenity, continue it.
Being my sannyasin does not mean that I monopolize you. Being my sannyasin means now the whole world is yours; enjoy everything that feels good for yourself – but remember what I was just talking about. A pleasant feeling is not real meditation, because that too will pass away. It is only a technique. I want to give you something that does not pass away. Meanwhile you can play with all kinds of toys, there is no harm.
And you are asking about Guru Maharaji. First I will tell you a small story; perhaps it explains Guru Maharaji to you. It is a Tibetan story…
A man who later on became very famous as a saint was searching for truth. He came across a so-called master who had a great following, whose only teaching was: “Surrender to me and surrender totally, and I will take you to the ultimate state of consciousness. Don’t be worried, at the right time the explosion will happen.” It had not happened to anyone.
But in the East, one life is not enough to realize oneself. It takes thousands of lives to find the right moment, the right time when the explosion happens. So nobody can complain, “I have been waiting for thirty years and it has not happened.” Thirty years or thirty lives don’t count.
But this man really, totally surrendered. And the second day the disciples were amazed because he was walking on water. They could not believe their eyes; they asked the man, “What is the secret?”