Bayazid said, “You don’t know the real thing. Mohammed is right, and I follow his teachings and his saying. But whether the master goes to an emperor’s house or an emperor comes to the master’s hut, it is always the master who changes the other. It makes no difference.”
Basically, it is always the master to whom you come. Whether the master goes to the palace or the emperor comes to the master’s hut, it makes no difference. It is always the emperor who is coming to the master because he is to be changed. He will be changed.
Bayazid says that it is the nature of the master to change others; it is not an effort. Nothing is being done by the master, simply his presence… And if he appears to do something, that appearance is just a trick because you cannot understand the language of nondoing. You can only understand the language of effort. So he creates a language for you. Even if you cannot understand his language, he can understand your language very well. Even if you cannot understand him, he can understand you very well. So he gives whatsoever you can understand and by and by your understanding grows. And one day when you really come to the point when you can understand a master, you will start laughing – because he has not done anything. But you will feel grateful in that moment, because without doing anything he has totally transformed you.
Really, if something is done it is a violence. If in transforming you, changing you, I do something, it is going to be aggressive, it is going to be violence. Every effort is violent. But if just by my presence, just by your being around me, something starts happening in you and I am not doing anything, only then is it love, it is not violence.
And a very peculiar phenomenon happens: if someone tries to change you, you will resist him – because instinctively you become aware of the violence, instinctively you will start defending yourself. If someone tries to change you and make you good, religious, moral, and all that nonsense, you will resist. Your ego will be hurt, and you will start defying him. You will start doing things which you never meant to do, just to defy him.
Good fathers are the cause of bad generations. So-called saints and sages are the cause of the degeneration, of the immorality, that exists all over the world – because they go on forcing. And whenever someone forces you, even if he is forcing you toward heaven, you will refuse. And it is good to refuse, because he is killing you, your spirit. If you are forced into heaven you will be a dead man there. It is better to go to hell, but by one’s own choice. You will at least be free. You will at least be a soul.