35. When the yogi is firmly established in nonviolence,
there is an abandonment of enmity by those who are in his presence.
36. When the yogi is firmly established in truthfulness,
he attains the fruit of action without acting.
37. When the yogi is firmly established in honesty,
inner riches present themselves.
38. When the yogi is firmly established in sexual continence,
vigor is gained.
39. When the yogi is firmly established in non-possessiveness,
there arises knowledge of the “how” and “wherefore” of existence.
Once it happened, I was in the mountains with a few friends. We went to see a point known as the echo point; it was a beautiful spot, very silent, surrounded by hills. One of the friends started barking like a dog. All the hills echoed it – the whole place appeared as if full of thousands of dogs. Then, somebody else started chanting a Buddhist mantra:
Sabbe sanghar anichcha. Sabbe dhamma anatta.
Gate, gate, para gate, para sangate. Bodhi swaha.
The hills became Buddhist; they reechoed it. The mantra means: “All is impermanent, nothing is permanent; all is flux, nothing is substantial. Everything is without a self. Gone, gone, finally gone, everything gone – the word, the knowledge, the enlightenment too.”
I told the friends who were with me that life is also like this echo point: you bark at it, it barks at you; you chant a beautiful mantra, life becomes a reflection of that beautiful chanting. A life is a mirror. Millions of mirrors around you – every face is a mirror; every rock is a mirror; every cloud is a mirror. All relationships are mirrors. In whatsoever way you are related with life, it reflects you. Don’t be angry at life if it starts barking at you. You must have started the chain. You must have done something in the beginning to cause it. Don’t try to change life; just change yourself, and life changes.
These are the two standpoints: one I call the communistic which says, “Change life, only then can you be happy”; the other I call religious which says, “Change yourself, and life suddenly becomes beautiful.” There is no need to change the society, the world. If you move in that direction you are moving in a false direction which will not lead you anywhere. In the first place, you cannot change it – it is so vast. It is simply impossible. It is so complex and you are here only for a while; and life is very ancient and life is going to be for ever and ever. You are just a guest; an overnight stay and you are gone: gate, gate – gone, gone forever. How can you imagine to change it?