Renounce the falsity not the world
The truth is contained in your being, that is the real scripture. The Veda, the Koran, the Bible – they are in your consciousness! You are carrying all that is needed by you, it is a gift from God. Everybody is born with truth in his being; life IS truth. But you started learning lies. Being with me, drop all lies. Be courageous. And of course you will feel a great fear arising in you, because whenever you drop the personality, your childishness, which has never been allowed, will surface. And you will feel afraid: ”What! Am I going to be childish, at this point? When everybody knows that I am a great professor – or a doctor or an engineer – and I have a Ph.D. degree, and I am going to be childish?” The fear arises – the fear of public opinion, of what people will think. That same fear has destroyed you from the very beginning. The same fear has been the poison:
”What will my mother think? What will my father think? What will people think, the teachers and the society?” And the small child starts becoming cunning – he will not show his heart, he knows that will not be accepted by others. So he will create a face, a camouflage. He will show that which people WANT to see. This is diplomacy, this is being political. This is poison!
Everybody is political. You smile because it pays to smile, you cry because it is expected of you to cry. You say a certain thing because that makes things easy. You say to your wife ”I love you” because that keeps her quiet. You say to your husband, ”I will die without you, you are the only person in my world, you are my life” – because he expects you to say it, not because you are feeling it. If you are feeling it, then it has beauty, then it is a real rose. If you are simply pretending, massaging his male ego, buttressing him because you have some ends to fulfill through him, then it is an artificial flower, a plastic flower.
And you are burdened with so much plastic: that is the problem. The world is not the problem. The so-called religious people go on saying, ”Renounce the world.” I say to you that the world is not the problem at all. Renounce the falsity – that is the problem; renounce the artificial – that is the problem. There is no need to renounce your family, but renounce all that pseudo-family that you have created there. Be true, authentic. Sometimes it will be very painful to be true and to be authentic. It is not cheap. To be untrue and inauthentic is cheap, convenient, comfortable. It is a trick, a strategy to protect yourself; it is an armor. But then you will miss the truth that you have been carrying in your soul. Then you will never know what God is, because God can only be known within you: first within, then without; first in, then out – because that is the closest thing to you, your own being.
If you miss God there how can you see God in Krishna, Christ, Buddha? All nonsense. You cannot see God in Krishna if you cannot see God in yourself. And how can you see a God in yourself if you are continuously creating lies around you? The lies are so much that you have almost forgotten the way to your being. You are lost in the jungle of lies…..”
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