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    The Great Transcendence




    The Great Transcendence



    CHAPTER 1

    Always Sing the Song of the Divine
    11 November 1975 am in Buddha Hall


    [NOTE: This is a translation from the Hindi series BHAJ GOVINDAM, literally: Singing the Song of
    the Divine. This version is the final edit pending publication, and is for research only.]

    OH IDIOT! SING THE SONG OF THE DIVINE, SING THE SONG OF THE DIVINE, SING
    THE SONG OF THE DIVINE, BECAUSE AT THE TIME OF DEATH THE MEMORIZATION OF
    GRAMMAR WILL NOT SAVE YOU.
    OH IDIOT! DROP THE DESIRE OF ACCUMULATING WEALTH, AWAKEN
    RIGHT UNDERSTANDING, MAKE THE MIND DESIRELESS AND BE CONTENTED AND HAPPY
    WITH WHATSOEVER YOU GAIN THROUGH YOUR OWN LABOR.
    DO NOT BE INFATUATED BY THE BEAUTY, THE BREASTS, THE NAVEL AND THE WAISTLINE
    OF A WOMAN. THESE ARE NOTHING BUT CONTORTIONS OF FLESH AND FAT –
    CONTEMPLATE UPON THIS AGAIN AND AGAIN.
    LIFE IS AS TRANSIENT AND UNSTABLE AS A DROPLET ON THE LOTUS LEAF. UNDERSTAND
    IT WELL THAT THE WORLD IS SUFFERING FROM THE DISEASE OF EGO AND IS WOUNDED
    BY SORROWS.
    THE FAMILY TAKES INTEREST IN YOU ONLY AS LONG AS YOU ARE CAPABLE OF EARNING
    MONEY. AS OLD AGE COMES AND THE BODY BECOMES DECREPIT, NO ONE IN THE HOUSE
    EVEN BOTHERS ABOUT YOUONLY AS LONG AS THERE IS LIFE IN THE BODY, DO THE PEOPLE IN THE FAMILY CARE FOR
    YOU. THE LIFE GONE OUT, THE BODY FALLEN LIFELESS, EVEN ONE’S OWN WIFE IS AFRAID
    OF THAT BODY.
    A CHILD IS OBSESSED IN PLAYING GAMES, A YOUNG MAN IS OBSESSED IN YOUNG
    WOMEN, THE OLD ARE OBSESSED WITH WORRIES. MAN NEVER TURNS TOWARDS THE
    DIVINE.

    The first and the basic sutra to be understood is that truth is attained in emptiness and is lost in
    words. Truth is attained in silence and is lost in speech. Truth has no language; all language is
    untruth.

    Language as such is created by man. Truth is not created by man, it is his discovery. Truth is. It is
    neither to be created nor to be proved but only to be unveiled. And this unveiling of the truth happens
    only when all the noise of language inside stops, because language is the veil. Thoughts are the
    only obstacle.

    When a child is born he has no language. He does not come with any scripture, any religion, any
    caste or any nation. He arrives as an emptiness. The sacredness of emptiness is unique. Emptiness
    is the only virginity, the rest is all perversion. The child arrives like a fresh flower, there is not even
    a scratch on his consciousness. He does not know anything. But the child’s capacity to know is
    pure. He is like a mirror on which nothing is reflected yet, but the mirroring capacity is total and pure.

    Later on there will be many reflections; knowledge will increase but the capacity to know will go on
    decreasing. Because that emptiness will become full of words the emptiness will cease to exist. It is
    as if the reflections on the mirror go on sticking to it and do not disappear from it. Then, the mirror’s
    capacity to reflect will go on decreasing.

    A child is born; he does not know anything but his capacity to know is pure. That is why children
    learn quickly and old people learn with difficulty. It is so because the old person’s capacity to learn
    has become less – he has had enough of everything. A lot has been written on his slate; his paper
    is no longer blank now. For writing something new, the paper has to be made blank all over again

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