Jesus is right when he says: Unless you are like small children you will not enter into my kingdom of God.
Jesus was standing in a marketplace; a crowd was standing around him, and somebody asked, a rabbi, “You talk so much about the kingdom of God, but who will be capable enough, pure enough, virtuous enough, saintly enough, to enter into your kingdom of God? What will be the characteristics of the people who will be allowed in?”
Jesus looked around. The rabbi thought he would say, “People like you.” And the rich man of the town who had donated much to the synagogue and who had been a charitable man thought he would say, “Men like you.”
And there was another who had practiced all that has been told down the ages, all the rituals, prayers. He had followed every rule and regulation. He was a virtuous man, known as a saint. He thought, “Certainly, he is searching for me. He will say, ‘Men like you.’”
But they were all frustrated. His eyes moved…he stopped at a small child who was just standing in the crowd. He took the child up and showed the people that “Those who are like this small child, they will be able to enter into my kingdom of God.”
It is innocence that falls in harmony with the divine. Knowledge is a jarring note. Knowledge is a China Wall. Knowledge is an arm our, your defense against the mysterious. But that’s what happens.
People who are knowledgeable start searching for truth. And they have taken one thing for granted, that they already know what it is. Now it is only a question of searching. They will be able to recognize it, they know its characteristics.
It is not so. Unless you know truth, there is no way to know it. No scripture can describe it. There is no possibility of anybody giving you the knowledge of truth. A master never gives the knowledge of truth to you; he simply makes his truth available to you. If you are courageous, if you are innocent, if you are open, ready to take the jump, ready to die in the master, then you will know truth – not knowledge about truth but an experience of it. Truth always comes as an experience. It is always existential.
Remember: these are the barriers. The man who has followed all the rituals thinks he knows. He is a great yogi. He has not been missing a single rule of the yoga. He thinks now he is capable. He is not. It is not ritual that prepares you. Ritualistic people are stupid people. They follow the ritual, but the ritual is followed unconsciously. And they will find ways and means to go on following the ritual and yet remain the same.
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