Its Already Here
Story of Every Man
You are Enlightened
and Tansen's Guru
Transformation is Sudden
Ashtavakra & King Janak
Spiritual Stories to Stir the Soul
Masters do not tell the truth. Even if they want to
they cannot; it is impossible. Then what is their function? What do they go
on doing? They cannot tell the truth, but they can call forth the truth
which is fast asleep in you. They can provoke it, they can challenge it.
They can shake you up, they can wake you up. They cannot give you God,
truth, NIRVANA, because in the first place you already have it all with you.
You are born with it. It is innate, it is intrinsic. It is your very nature.
So anybody who pretends to give you the truth is simply exploiting your
stupidity, your gullibility. He is cunning -- cunning and utterly ignorant
too. He knows nothing; not even a glimpse of truth has happened to him. He
is a pseudo Master.
Truth cannot be given; it is already in you. It can be called forth, it can
be provoked. A context can be created, a certain space can be created in
which it rises in you and is no more asleep, becomes awakened. The function
of the Master is far more complex than you think. It would have been far
easier, simpler, if truth could be conveyed.
It cannot be conveyed, hence indirect ways and means have to be devised.
The New Testament has the beautiful story of Lazarus. Christians have missed
the whole point of it. Christ is so unfortunate -- he has fallen into the
wrong company. Not even a single Christian theologian has been able to
discover the meaning of the story of Lazarus, his death and resurrection.
Lazarus dies. He is the brother of Mary Magdalene and Martha and a great
devotee of Jesus. Jesus is far away; by the time he gets the information and
the invitation, "Come immediately," two days have already passed, and by the
time he reaches Lazarus' place four days have passed. But Mary and Martha
are waiting for him -- their trust is such. The whole village is laughing at
They are being stupid in others' eyes because they are keeping the corpse in
a cave; they are watching day in, day out, guarding the corpse. The corpse
has already started stinking; it is deteriorating. The village people are
saying, "You are fools! Jesus cannot do anything. When somebody is dead,
somebody is dead!"
Jesus comes. He goes to the cave -- he does not enter into the cave -- he
stands outside and calls Lazarus forth. The people have gathered. They must
be laughing: "This man seems to be crazy!" Somebody says to him, "What are
you doing?" He is dead! He has been dead for four days. In fact, to enter
into the cave is difficult -- his body is stinking. It is impossible! Whom
are you calling?"
But, unperturbed, Jesus shouts again and again, "Lazarus, come out!"
And the crowd is in for a great surprise: Lazarus walks out of the cave --
shaken, shocked, as if out of a great slumber, as if he had fallen into a
coma. He himself cannot believe what has happened, why he is in the cave.
This in fact is just a way of saying what the function of a Master is.
Whether Lazarus was really dead or not is not the point. Whether Jesus was
capable of raising the dead or not is not the point. To get involved in
those stupid questions is absurd. Only scholars can be so foolish. No man of
understanding will think that this is something historical.
It is far more! It is not a fact, it is a truth. It is not something that
happens in time, it is something more: something that happens in eternity.
You are all dead. You are all in the same situation as Lazarus. You are all
living in your dark caves. You are all stinking and deteriorating...because
death is not something that comes one day suddenly -- you are dying every
day. Since the day of your birth you have been dying.
It is a long process; it takes seventy, eighty, ninety years to complete it.
EACH MOMENT something of you dies, something in you dies, but you are
absolutely unaware of the whole situation. You go on as if you are alive;
you go on living as if you know what life is. The function of the Master is
to call forth: "Lazarus, come out of the cave! Come out of your grave! Come
out of your death!"
The Master cannot give you the truth but he can call forth the truth. He can
stir something in you. He can trigger a process in you which will ignite a
fire, a flame. Truth you are -- just so much dust has gathered around you.
The function of the Master is negative: he has to give you a bath, a shower,
so the dust disappears.
That's exactly the meaning of Christian baptism. That's what John the
Baptist was doing in the River Jordan. But people go on misunderstanding.
Today also baptism happens in the churches; it is meaningless. John the
Baptist was preparing people for an inner bath. When they were ready he
would take them symbolically into the River Jordan.
That was only symbolic -- just as your orange clothes are symbolic, that
bath in the River Jordan was symbolic -- symbolic that the Master can give
you a bath. He can take the dust, the dust of centuries, away from you. And
suddenly all is clear, all is clarity. That clarity is