Pablo Picasso, a great Western artist, used to say one thing again and again. People thought he was being egotistical, proud. I don’t think so. His manner of speaking may have been arrogant, but what he said is very much in accordance with the truth. It is utterly incomprehensible, very paradoxical. Sometimes artists, sculptors, musicians and poets utter something which comes very close to the paradoxical nature of religion, very close – because sometimes poets, sculptors and artists get a glimpse of the truth. When their link with the intellect breaks and they enter deep into the heart, some doors, some windows open.
What an enlightened mystic attains limitlessly, a poet gets occasionally, as a small fragment. What a mystic attains forever, a poet gets an occasional glimpse of, a wave.
Pablo Picasso used to say: “I don’t seek, I find” – I don’t search, I find it!
People thought this was a very egotistical statement: “I don’t seek, I find.” But it is a charming statement, it is very significant. You don’t have to seek for truth – you have to find it.
There is a famous statement by Lao Tzu: As soon as you begin to search, you lose it…because the very meaning of searching is that you are looking for something that you don’t have. That which is, is surrounding you from all sides. It is within and without – everywhere, and it is inside the seeker too. The one you want to search for abides within you, it is seeing through your eyes. You will not only see it outside of yourself, it pervades every pore of your body, it pervades your every breath. Why search for something that you already have? You only need to find it.
I say the same to you: that you only need to claim the divine; you don’t need to search for it. The moment you search you have missed. To search merely means that you are searching for a Hindu God, a Muslim God or a Christian God. To search means that you are looking for some human conception of a god. If you want to find God, let go of all your notions about it. Let go – even of the search. Sit down, be empty. The divine is revealed in a consciousness that is empty of the search, because there are no waves in a consciousness which is free of searching. When there is no desire, how can there be any waves? When there is nothing to be attained, when there is nowhere to go, how can there be tension, restlessness? In this ultimate state of tranquillity, godliness surrounds you from all the sides. It was already surrounding you, but you have only become aware of it in this state of tranquillity.
But far from searching for the divine, we only go to ask for trifles. If you ever ask for something when you are praying, you are committing a sin. It would be better not to pray than to pray and make demands, because that only shows that, as yet, you don’t know anything about the divine, you only want to make use of it for your own petty desires. Someone must win a court case, someone’s business is not going so well, someone’s shop is about to go bankrupt, someone else cannot find a wife…. Never go to the divine to ask for such things.
I read a short satirical poem yesterday: