Quotes on God
- God is the state of no-mind.
- When things are no longer important, only
consciousness becomes important. When things are no longer
significant, a new search, a new door opens. Then you are not
rushing towards the without: you start slipping into the within. The
kingdom of God is within. And once you drop identifying with things,
suddenly you are no longer fighting -- there is no point. You start
moving with the river of existence.
- The Devil is the fallen human being, God
is the risen human being. God is the ultimate possibility of your
beatitude; the Devil is your ultimate fall. There is nobody like the
Devil existing somewhere. You will never meet him unless you become
him. And you will never encounter God unless you become God.
- Whatsoever you do with happiness is a
prayer: your work becomes worship; your very breathing has an
intense splendor to it, a grace. Not that you constantly repeat the
name of God -- only foolish people do that -- because God has no
name, and by repeating some assumed name you simply dull your own
mind. By repeating His name you are not going to go anywhere. A
happy man simply comes to see God is everywhere. You need happy eyes
to see Him.
- There is a problem with Christians,
Mohammedans, Jews, who think of God as a person -- there is a
problem. They think God is the one who created the world. In the
East we have a deeper understanding of God than that. Creation is
not something separate from God: it is His play; it is He Himself
hiding in many forms. Here He has become a rock, there He has become
a flower. Here He is a sinner and there He is a saint. The whole
play is His. And He is the only actor and He goes on dividing His
roles. He is in Jesus and He is in Judas. In the East, God is not a
person -- God is the very stuff the universe is made of. God is not
a creator -- God is creativity. And the creator and the creation are
just two aspects of the same creative energy.
- God is alive when you are alive. If you
are not alive, how can your God be alive? Your God is yours. If you
are dead, your God is dead; if you are alive, your God is alive.
Your God cannot be more than you, because your God is your innermost
core of being. So if you want to know what God is, become more
alive. If you want to know what God is, become more divine. If you
want to know what God is, then don't try to know -- try to feel. He
comes through the door of the heart.
- Even when you have known God, you will not
be able to believe that you have known Him. That is what I mean when
I say God is a mystery. Unknown, He remains unknowable. Known also,
He remains unknowable. Unseen, He is a mystery; seen He becomes an
even greater mystery. It is not a problem that you can solve. It is
bigger than you. You can dissolve into it -- you cannot solve it.
- You become more divine as you become more
creative. all the religions of the world have said: God is the
Creator. I don't know whether He is the Creator or not, but one
thing I know: the more creative you become, the more godly you
become. When your creativity comes to a climax, when your whole life
becomes creative, you live in God. So He must be the Creator because
people who have been creative have been closest to Him. Love what
you do. Be meditative while you are doing it -- whatsoever it is!
irrelevant of the fact of what it is.
- It is not only that you are seeking God --
God is also seeking you in many, many ways. Sometimes as a Krishna
with his flute, sometimes as a Buddha with his silence, sometimes as
a Jesus with his revolutionary approach to life -- in millions of
ways God has been extending his hand towards you, groping for you.
Sometimes your hand has even touched His hand -- but you don't
understand. Sometimes even a glimmer, a tremor has gone through your
spine, but you don't understand. On the contrary, you explain it
- Every child is a warrior and every old man
is a businessman. How every warrior becomes a businessman is a long
story: the whole society, education, culture, conditioning, makes
you more and more fearful, afraid. You cannot take a risk and
everything that is beautiful is risky. Love is a risk. Life is a
risk. God is a risk. God is the greatest risk, and through
mathematics you will not reach -- only through taking the ultimate
risk, putting everything that you have at stake.
- Kabir, one of the greatest mystics ever
born, has said two things. He has said, "In the beginning, when I
was in search of God, I was thinking my drop of water would drop
into the ocean of the divine. But when it really happened it
happened quite otherwise: the ocean dropped into my small drop." It
always happens otherwise. You are not going to meet God, God is
going to meet you. How can you seek him? You don't know his
whereabouts, you don't know his address. He is in search of you
constantly, and whenever you are ready the ocean drops into you.
Meditation will make you ready, compassion will make you perfect. So
carry these two mantras: PRAGYA, meditation, KARUNA, compassion --
let these two be the goals. Let your whole life revolve around them,
and very soon you will be attuned. Then I can pour myself into you.
- I myself say I don't know; you cannot come
across a more ignorant man than me. There is no truth and there is
no way. I have not reached anywhere, I am simply here and now. If
you can follow this ignorant man your mind will drop. For the mind
always follows knowledge, and when the mind drops there is no need
to go anywhere. Everything is available, has been available always;
you have never missed it. But just because of your seeking of the
future, of the goal, you cannot look. The truth surrounds you, you
exist in it. Just like the fish exist in the ocean, you exist in the
truth. God is not a goal, God is what is here and now. These trees,
these winds blowing, these clouds moving, the sky, you, I -- this is
what God is. It is not a goal. Drop the mind and the divine. God is
not an object, it is a merger. The mind resists a merger, the mind
is against surrender; the mind is very cunning and calculating.
- Let your knowing be there, but don't allow
it to become knowledge or character. The moment it is turning into
knowledge, drop it, empty your hands. Forget all about it. Move
ahead! again like a child. Difficult, I know. Easy to say; difficult
to be that way -- but that is the only way you can attain to
satchitanand -- you can attain to truth, you can attain to
consciousness, you can attain to bliss. Yes, it is hard. One has to
pay too much for it -- but God is not cheap. You will have to pay
with your whole being. Only when you have paid totally and you are
not holding anything and you are not a miser, and you have
sacrificed and surrendered yourself totally, will you attain. God
comes to you when you are not; when you have become just a zero God
comes to you. He is just waiting by the corner. The moment you
become empty, He rushes towards you, He comes and fulfiles you.
- A real man of understanding becomes godly
-- godly in the sense that he is in the world and yet he remains out
of it; on the periphery and yet he remains mindful of his center.
Doing a thousand and one things, yet he remains a non-doer. In
tremendous activities, but he is never lost. His inner light burns
- Many times God has reached you, and many
times you have withdrawn yourself. Many times He has walked with you
and you have not recognized Him. Many times He has shouted at you:
"Lazarus, come out! " and you won't listen. Or you think: "He must
be calling somebody else -- Lazarus is not my name. " Let me tell
you: Lazarus is your name!
- If you are looking for God, you will never
find Him -- because looking means you have a certain idea already of
who God is. And your idea is bound to be either Christian or Judaic
or Hindu or Mohammedan. Your idea is going to be your concept -- and
your concept can never be higher than you. And your concept is bound
to be your concept. Your concept is bound to be rooted in ignorance,
borrowed. At the most, it is just belief; you have been conditioned
for it. Then you go on looking. A person who is looking for truth
will never find it, because his eyes are already corrupted, he
already has a fixed concept. He is not open.
- A fish in the ocean forgets the ocean.
Throw the fish on the shore, in the sands, hot sands, and then the
fish knows, then the fish remembers. But there is no way to throw
you out of God; there is no shore to Him -- God is a shoreless
ocean. And you are not like a fish, you are like a wave. You are
exactly like God; your nature and God's nature are the same.
- To arrive one has to become feminine. You
cannot reach God as aggressive invaders, conquerors. You can reach
God only... or it will be better: God can reach you only when you
are receptive, a feminine receptivity. When you become yin, a
receptivity, the door is open. And you wait.
- Zen has NO concept of God -- because how
can you have a concept of a formless God? That is absurdity! The
moment you have a concept you have created a form. That's why Zen
never talks about God, Buddha never mentioned God at all. He has
been asked again and again, but he keeps mum, he will not say.