So there is not even being, but being-ness. So I always say that there is in fact no God but divineness, because the very word being carries a limitation around it. The very word God carries a finitude: it cannot be infinite. But “being-ness” or “divineness” – they become infinite. They comprehend all that is. They are all inclusive, nothing is excluded. So when you ask, “Who are you?” to me the question – when I decode it – means “What is?” To me, it cannot mean anything else. To me, it means, “What is?”
You have asked through me a very fundamental question: “What is?” Not me but the very being, the very existence. If one goes deep into a single drop, one will find the ocean. Only on the surface a drop is just a drop. “Being,” existence, the ultimate nature of a single drop of water, is the same: it is oceanic. So only in ignorance is one a drop of water. The moment one knows, there is an ocean.
You have asked a question about the drop, but to me it means a question about the ocean. So when I answer it, I am not answering about myself but also about you. When I am answering, I am not answering about me, but all that exists.
What exists? There are so many layers. If one is only aware of the surface, then matter exists: matter is the surface of existence. Science was only on the surface when it said that only matter really is, and all else is not. But now science has taken a step further, and they say matter is not, but energy is. Energy is the second layer, deeper than matter: if one goes deep into matter, then there is no matter but energy. So a deeper answer is that energy exists. But that too is not yet enough. If one goes deeper than energy, then consciousness exists.
So when you ask, “Who are you?” I say, “I am consciousness.” And this answer is all inclusive: everything is consciousness. I answer only as a representative of all. You may not yet have heard that you are consciousness, you may not have come to know that you are consciousness, but I am answering even for you. Consciousness exists. And when I say something exists, it carries a particular, definitive meaning. When I say something exists, it means that it will never be in nonexistence. If something can go into nonexistence, it means that it never really existed. It was only phenomenal: it appeared to exist.
So all that changes is phenomenal, not really existential. All that changes is only the surface. The innermost, the ultimate core, never changes. It is. And always in the present: you can never say it was, you can never say it will be. Whenever it is, it is. Only the present is applicable to it: there is no past and no future, because past and future become relevant only when something changes. When something is, then there is no past and no future, only the present. Of course, the meaning of present will be different – quite different – because to us, present means something which exists between the past and the future. And if there is no past and no future, then the present will connote something very different. It is not something in between past and future. Our present is just a moment – a moment between two nonexistentials: the past that has gone is no more, and the future that has not come and as yet is not. Between two nonexistentials our present moment exists. That is impossible: between two nonexistentials, there can be no existence. It only appears so.