And as fragments of the self disappear you start becoming aware of an enormous sky, as vast as the sky outside – because existence is always in balance. The outer and the inner are in harmony and in balance. Your self is not that which is confined to your body; your real soul is that which will not be burned even if your body is burned.
Krishna is right when he says, “Nainam chhindanti shastrani – no weapon can even touch me, Nainam dahati pravaka – and neither can the fire burn me.” He is not talking about the body, the brain, the self – they will all be destroyed; but there is something indestructible, immortal, eternal in you. It was with you before your birth and it will be with you after your birth, because it is you, your essential being.
To know it is to be free, free from all prisons: the prisons of the body, the prisons of the mind, the prisons that exist outside you.
If it is an unjust law you would abolish, that law was written with your own hand upon your own forehead.
Laws go on changing, constitutions go on changing. That shows that no law is ultimately true, no constitution is forever. As man’s understanding grows he has to change his laws, his constitutions, his governments – everything.
But Almustafa is saying, “Don’t condemn anybody because the law that looks unjust…” For example, the law of the Hindu society that divides it into four castes is absolutely unlawful, unjust. It has no reasonable support for it – I have seen idiots who were born in a brahmin family. Just because you are born in a brahmin family, you cannot claim superiority.
I have seen people who were born in the lowest category of Hindu law, the sudras, the untouchables, so intelligent: when India became independent, the man who made the constitution of India, Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar, was a sudra. There was no equal to his intelligence as far as law is concerned – he was a world-famous authority.
Brahmins were not called, shankaracharyas were not called and told, “You are superior beings – you should make the constitution of this country,” but a man who, just by chance, slipped out of the torturous, unlawful, unjust division of Hindu society. Somebody who had riches saw in the boy a great potential and sent him to England to study, because in India no sudra in those days was allowed in any school, college, or university. From the very roots their intelligence was destroyed.
Ambedkar was educated in England, and he became the world-famous authority as far as constitutions are concerned. And when he came back to India, India became free and there was no choice; nobody was even close to him…