I do not know why you have come here. Perhaps you also do not know. Most of us live in such a way that we are not aware why we are living, where we are going and why. We do not ask of ourselves, “Why?” When our whole life is spent without asking these basic questions, it is no wonder if all of you have come without knowing the purpose of your coming. Maybe a few of you know it, but the possibility is very small.
We live and walk and see and hear in such a state of sleep, in such a state of deep unconsciousness, that we fail to see that which is. We fail to hear that which is said, and we fail to come in contact with and experience that which surrounds us from all sides – within and without. So it is no wonder if you have come here unknowingly, unaware.
We do not know why we are alive. And we are not aware of what we do – so much so that we are not conscious even of our breathing.
But I know well why I am here. And that’s what I want to share with you.
Man’s quest continues through lifetimes, and it is after the endeavor of countless lives that he gets a glimpse of what we call bliss or peace or truth or God or moksha or nirvana – call it what you like, although there is no word that can say it. One attains to it after many, many lives. All those who seek it think that they are going to enjoy totally after they have found it, but they are very much mistaken. After attainment they find that it is just the beginning of a new labor, a new undertaking, that there is no resting.
Until yesterday they strove hard to find it; now they are rushing about to share it with others. If it was not so, Buddha would not have visited our towns, Mahavira would not have knocked on our doors, and Christ would not have called to us. After coming in contact with the supreme, a new kind of work begins. In fact although whatsoever is significant in life brings great joy and bliss when you find it, it is much more joyous and blissful when you share it with others. One who is blessed with bliss or godliness becomes restless to share it with others. Just as a flower broadcasts its fragrance as it blossoms, or a cloud sheds it rain, or a wave rushes to embrace the seashore, similarly, when someone finds something of the beyond, his soul thirsts to reach everywhere with its fragrance and spread it.
I am aware about myself, why I am here. And this meeting of ours can be meaningful if you too are here for the same reasons, and if you and I can meet each other on the same plane. Otherwise, as often happens, there can be no meeting whatsoever, even though we are crossing each other’s paths. If you are not here for the same reasons as I am, there will be no meeting point between us in spite of our being in such close physical proximity.