A man who is free from the past is the only man who is free to live in the present. And a strange thing to be remembered: the man who is free from the past – as if he is absolutely new and fresh on this beautiful planet – will also be automatically free from the future.
The future is a projection of the past. The past no longer exists, the future does not exist yet, but the past gives you ambitions and desires and all kinds of stupid ideas of greed and desire. Automatically you start looking at the future as a refuge.
And the reality consists only of now – the present. It has nothing to do with the past and nothing to do with the future. It is so concentrated in this moment that if you can be in this moment, all that you are seeking and searching will be fulfilled.
This moment is the door to the divine.
My whole effort here is to pull all my people away from the past and from the future and just make them available to the intense beauty of the present.
Live moment to moment, dropping the past continuously as dust gathered on the mirror. A man who is contented in the present will never bother about the future. You think about the future because your present is misery; you are in utter agony. To avoid it, not to look at it, you focus on faraway goals. Those goals are never to be fulfilled. You will become addicted to ambitions and goals; but remember, wherever you will be, it will always be the present, never the future.
Once you have forgotten to live the present you have already died. It is another matter that it may take sixty, seventy or eighty years for you to be buried or burned on a funeral pyre. You have died long before. The moment you have lost contact with the present your death has happened. But if you can regain the contact, resurrection is possible.
Only the present can give you the space to relax and not to force anything. It is the past that gives you ideals, moralities against nature. You cannot win against nature. It is so big and so huge and you are simply a small dewdrop in the ocean of nature. The dewdrop cannot fight with the ocean. It just has to relax and become one with the ocean.
According to me, an authentic sannyasin, a seeker of truth, is a seeker of the present.
You are asking, “Why am I forcing situations according to my will?” These are stupid ideas that have been given to you. You don’t have any will. The very idea of willpower is an absolute fallacy. The will belongs to existence. You can participate in that will. If you drop your personality, your separation, you will have the universal will within you. You don’t have individual wills. But it is ego-satisfying when people tell you that you are a man of great will.
What is man? – just a fistful of dust. Yes, something is also present within that dust, but it doesn’t belong to you. It belongs to the total.