Accept Life as it Comes
I was here last year. Now I am again before you. What makes me come
I really ~o not
but somehow I cannot forget you.
Some forget, some do not, according to their destinies, which you
may call chance, if you
Between chance and destiny there is a basic difference.
Only in your mind. In fact, you do not know what causes what?
Destiny is only a blanket word to
up your ignorance. Chance is another word.
Without knowledge of causes and their results can there be freedom?
Causes and results are infinite in number and variety. Everything
affects everything. In this
when one thing changes, everything changes. Hence the great power of
man in changing
world by changing himself.
According to your own words, you have, by the grace of your Guru,
changed radically some
years ago. Yet the world remains as it had been before.
My world has changed completely. Yours remains the same, for you
have not changed.
How is it that your change has not affected me?
Because there was no communion between us. Do not consider yourself
as separate from me
we shall at once share in the common state.
I have some property in the United States which I intend to sell and
buy some land in the
I shall build a house, lay out a garden, get two or three cows and
live quietly. People tell
that property and quiet are not compatible, that I shall at once get
into trouble with officials,
and thieves. Is it inevitable?
The least you can expect is an endless succession of visitors who
will make your abode into a
and open guesthouse. Better accept your life as it shapes, go home
and look after your wife
love and care. Nobody else needs you. Your dreams of glory will land
you in more trouble.
It is not glory that I seek. I seek Reality.
For this you need a well-ordered and quiet life, peace of mind and
immense earnestness. At
moment whatever comes to you unasked, comes from God and will surely
help you, if you
the fullest use of it. It is only what you strive for, out of your
own imagination and desire, that
Is destiny the same as grace?
Absolutely. Accept life as it comes and you will find it a blessing.
I can accept my own life. How can I accept the sort of life others
are compelled to live?
You are accepting it anyhow. The sorrows of others do not interfere
with your pleasures. If you
really compassionate, you would have abandoned long ago all
self-concern and entered the
from which alone you can really help.
If I have a big house and enough land, I may create an Ashram, with
individual rooms; common
hall, canteen, library, office etc.
Ashrams are not made, they happen. You cannot start nor prevent
them, as you cannot start or
a river. Too many factors are involved in the creation of a
successful Ashram and your inner
is only one of them. Of course, if you are ignorant of your real
being, whatever you do must
to ashes. You cannot imitate a Guru and get away with it. All
hypocrisy will end in disaster.
What is the harm in behaving like a saint even before being one?
Rehearsing saintliness is a sadhana. It is perfectly all right.
provided no merit is claimed.
How can I know whether I am able to start an Ashram unless I try?
As long as you take yourself to be a person, a body and a mind,
separate from the stream of
having a will of its own, pursuing its own aims, you are living
merely on the surface and
you do will be short-lived and of little value, mere straw to feed
the flames of vanity. You
put in true worth before you can expect something real. What is your
By what measure shall I measure it?
Look at the content of your mind. You are what you think about. Are
you not most of the time
with your own little person and its daily needs?
value of regular meditation is that it takes you away from the
humdrum of daily routine and
you that you are not what you believe yourself to be. But even
remembering is not enough
action must follow conviction. Don't be like the rich man who has
made a detailed will, but refuses
Is not gradualness the law of life?
Oh, no. The preparation alone is gradual, the change itself is
sudden and complete. Gradual
does not take you to a new level of conscious being. You need
courage to let go.
I admit it is courage that I lack.
It is because you are not fully convinced. Complete conviction
generates both desire and
And meditation is the art of achieving faith through understanding.
In meditation you
the teaching received, in all its aspects and repeatedly, until out
of clarity confidence is
and, with confidence, action. Conviction and action are inseparable.
If action does not follow
examine your convictions, don't accuse yourself of lack of courage.
you nowhere. Without clarity and emotional assent of what use is
What do you mean by emotional assent? Am I not to act against my
You will not act against your desires. Clarity is not enough. Energy
comes from love -- you must
to act -- whatever the shape and object of your love. Without
clarity and charity courage is
People at war are often wonderfully courageous, but what of it?
I see quite clearly that all I want is a house in a garden where I
shall live in peace. Why should I
act on my desire?
By all means, act. But do not forget the inevitable, unexpected.
Without rain your garden will not
You need courage for adventure.
I need time to collect my courage, don't hustle me. Let me ripen for
The entire approach is wrong. Action delayed is action abandoned.
There may be other
for other actions, but the present moment is lost -- irretrievably
lost. All preparation is for
future -- you cannot prepare for the present.
What is wrong with preparing for the future?
Acting in the now is not much helped by your preparations. Clarity
is now, action is now.
of being ready impedes action. And action is the touchstone of
Even when we act without conviction?
You cannot live without action, and behind each action there is some
fear or desire. Ultimately,
you do is based on your conviction that the world is real and
independent of yourself. Were you
of the contrary, your behaviour would have been quite different.
There is nothing wrong with my convictions; my actions are shaped by
In other words, you are convinced of the reality of your
circumstances, of the world in which you
Trace the world to its source and you will find that before the
world was, you were and when
world is no longer, you remain. Find your timeless being and your
action will bear it testimony.
you find it?
No, I did not.
Then what else have you to do? Surely, this is the most urgent task.
You cannot see yourself as
of everything unless you drop everything and remain unsupported and
you know yourself, it is immaterial what you do, but to realise your
independence, you must
it by letting go all you were dependent on. The realised man lives
on the level of the absolutes;
wisdom, love and courage are complete, there is nothing relative
about him. Therefore he must
himself by tests more stringent, undergo trials more demanding. The
tester, the tested and
set up for testing are all within; it is an inner drama to which
none can be a party.
Crucifixion, death and resurrection -- we are on familiar grounds! I
have read, heard and talked
it endlessly, but to do it I find myself incapable.
Keep quiet, undisturbed, and the wisdom and the power will come on
their own. You need not
Wait in silence of the heart and mind. It is very easy to be quiet,
but willingness is rare. You
want to become supermen overnight. Stay without ambition, without
the least desire,
vulnerable, unprotected, uncertain and alone, completely open to and
welcoming life as it
without the selfish conviction that all must yield you pleasure or
profit, material or so-
I respond to what you say, but I just do not see how it is done.
If you know how to do it, you will not do it. Abandon every attempt,
just be; don't strive, don't
let go every support, hold on to the blind sense of being, brushing
off all else. This is
How is this brushing done? The more I brush off, the more it comes
to the surface.
Refuse attention, let things come and go. Desires and thoughts are
also things. Disregard them.
immemorial time the dust of events was covering the clear mirror of
your mind, so that only
you could see. Brush off the dust before it has time to settle; this
will lay bare the old
until the true nature of your mind is discovered. It is all very
simple and comparatively easy;
earnest and patient, that is all. Dispassion, detachment, freedom
from desire and fear, from all
mere awareness -- free from memory and expectation -- this is the
state of mind to
discovery can happen. After all, liberation is but the freedom to