COME, COME, WHOEVER YOU ARE;
WANDERER, WORSHIPPER, LOVER OF LEARNING...
IT DOES NOT MATTER.
OURS IS NOT A CARAVAN OF DESPAIR.
COME, EVEN IF YOU HAVE BROKEN YOUR VOW
A THOUSAND TIMES.
COME, COME, YET AGAIN COME.
Govind, take it to your heart.
COME, COME, WHOEVER YOU ARE
COME, COME, WHOEVER YOU ARE
...sinner, unconscious, living a life which is not glorious, divine, meaningful; living
a life which has no poetry, no joy, a life of hell.... Whosoever you are, Mevlana
says, "Come, I am ready to receive you. Be my guest!"
The master is a host; he refuses nobody.
True masters never refuse anybody. They cannot. If THEY start refusing people, then there is no hope.
If you go under a tree, a shady tree -- tired of your journey and the burning sun on your head -- and the tree refuses you, it does not give you refuge, it does not shelter you...? It does not happen at all.
The tree is always ready to give you shelter, its shadow, its fruits, its flowers, its fragrance.
I agree with Mevlana -- MEVLANA means the master. Jalaluddin Rumi was called Mevlana by his disciples out of great love.
COME, EVEN IF YOU HAVE BROKEN YOUR VOW A THOUSAND TIMES.
Intelligent people are bound to break all their vows many times, because life goes on changing, situations go on changing. And the vow is taken under pressure --maybe the fear of hell, the greed for heaven, respectability in society....
It is not coming from your innermost core. When something comes from your own inner being, it is never broken. But then it is never a vow, it is a simple phenomenon like breathing.
COME, COME, YET AGAIN COME!
Govind, if you want to be a sannyasin, you are welcome. Everybody is welcome,
without any conditions. You do not have to fulfill any requirements. Just the
longing to be in deep contact with me is enough, more than enough.
Just the desire to be close to me, to be intimate with me is enough. That's what sannyas is all about.
And drop this idea of being a sinner, because that must be creating some guilt in you. That guilt is one of the oldest tricks of the priests for dominating people. They create guilt in you. They give you such stupid ideas that you cannot fulfill
them. Then guilt arises, and once the guilt has arisen, you are trapped.
Guilt is the trade secret of all the so-called, established religions. Create guilt in
people, make them feel bad about themselves.
Don't let them be respectful of their own lives; let them feel condemned. Let them feel, deep down, that they are ugly, that they are not of any worth, that they are dust, and then of course they will be ready to be guided by any fool. They will be more than ready to become dependent, in the hope that "somebody will lead us to the ultimate light."
These are the people who have been exploiting you for centuries.
The time has come when a great rebellion is needed against all established
religions. Religiousness is needed in the world but no more religions -- no more
Hindus, no more Christians, no more Mohammedans -- just pure religious people, people who have great respect for themselves.
And remember, only a person who has respect for himself can respect others,
because life is the same.
If you are too hard upon yourself you will be more hard on others, obviously. You will magnify their sins; you have to, just to give yourself consolation that you are not the only sinner, there are greater sinners than you.
That will be your only consolation in life: that you need not worry, you are just a small sinner, there are great sinners.
That's why people go on creating rumours about everybody else. And people
believe rumours very easily. If somebody says something ugly, derogatory about a person, you immediately believe it.
But if somebody praises him, you don't believe it, you ask for proofs. You never ask for proofs about derogatory remarks and rumours. You are very willing to believe them for the simple reason that you WANT to believe that "everybody is far worse than I am."
That's the only way to feel good, a little bit good, about yourself.
The priests have given you only two alternatives. Either you follow the impossible rules that they impose; then you feel paralysed, crippled, imprisoned. Or, if you want to live a life of freedom and you want to be natural, guilt arises.
In both ways you are being exploited.
I am here to free you from all exploitation.
Freedom is the taste of sannyas, the fragrance of sannyas. My sannyasins are not trying to cultivate any character, they are trying a totally different phenomenon: they are raising their consciousness. And then I leave everybody free to live according to his own light.
Come, Come, Yet again Come
There is a great Sufi book -- I would like to call it the greatest
book in the world because nothing is written in it; it is
absolutely empty. It is almost twelve hundred years old, and the
first man who purchased it was Mevlana Jalaluddin Rumi.
His disciples were very intrigued, very curious, because he never read that book in front of anybody.
When all are gone he would close the door and pull out the
book, which he used to keep under his pillow, and then he would read it. Naturally it was creating much curiosity, "What kind of mysterious book is it?" People tried in every possible way. Sometimes a few disciples were found on the roof, removing tiles and looking underneath to see what Jalaluddin Rumi is reading, but they could not figure it out.
The day Jalaluddin Rumi died, they were more concerned with the book than
Jalaluddin Rumi... and they loved the man. They loved him as Sufis have never
loved any other master. Mevlana means beloved master. That word is used only for Jalaluddin Rumi and for nobody else.
In twelve hundred years in the world of the Sufis there has never been a more charming, more beautiful, more loving, more human being than Jalaluddin Rumi.
But even the disciples forgot that their master had died.
They rushed and pulled out the book from underneath the pillow and they looked, and they were amazed -- the book was absolutely empty!
There was nothing to read. But those who were very close and intimate devotees, they understood the meaning.
Words have to be dropped.
Only then can you have silence.
The whole teaching of the book is be silent. First let the words go, then the sounds, and there remains an emptiness, nothingness, just a pure space. That purity is what meditation is all about.
For twelve hundred years the book has not been published because no publisher was ready to publish it.
Obviously the publisher asked... there is nothing to publish in it. Finally one Sufi master published it himself. Now it is available -- but it is just empty pages.
It is called THE BOOK OF BOOKS.
Move from sound to silence.