“…because soon I will disappear and then you will not be able to drink from me. If any man thirsts, if somebody is thirsty, let him come and drink of me, because soon I will be gone, and then you can think about me, but you will not be able to quench your thirst.”
Jesus is water of eternity, a divine well. He can quench your thirst. But people are not aware even of their thirst. They have forgotten their thirst; they have suppressed it. That’s why he says, “If any man thirst…”
Everybody is thirsty. There is no need to say “if.” Have you come across a man who is not thirsty? Have you come across a man who is not miserable? Have you come across a man who is not unhappy? Have you come across a man who is content, needs no more, who is fulfilled, needs nothing else to be added to him?
If you have not come across such a man, that means every man is thirsty. But people have forgotten their thirst. It would be better to say they have suppressed their thirst because the thirst is dangerous. The thirst creates search and one has to seek, and one has to make effort, and one has to dig deep into oneself. People avoid their thirst.
One man, a few days before, came to me and said, “I don’t want to come and listen to you, because I am afraid. I am afraid I may really become interested in you and in what you say. I will come one day, but not now. I have other things to do.”
Have you thought that you may be avoiding your basic thirst?
Religion is a basic thirst. No man can become satisfied and fulfilled unless he attains to a religious consciousness. There is no other way to be fulfilled.
But people go on saying that there is no God. That may be just a defense, because once they prove to themselves there is no God, then there is no need to seek and search; then they can remain wherever they are. Then they can remain in their mud, and there is no need to seek the lotus.
That’s why Jesus says:
“If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink.”
Jesus is available. It has been always so. There are people who have attained and who are available – and you are thirsty. But this is the misery: that you deny – you deny such people who can quench your thirst. You deny that they have anything; you deny that there is any water in their well because you are afraid.
The greatest fear in life is the fear of God, the fear of coming close to God – because coming closer to God will mean coming closer to the death of the ego. Coming closer to God will mean going farther from yourself. Coming closer to God will mean dropping, surrendering, disappearing.