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    The Guest



    The Guest



    CHAPTER 1

    A meeting with the guest
    26 April 1979 am in Buddha Hall


    WHEN MY FRIEND IS AWAY FROM ME, I AM DEPRESSED;
    NOTHING IN THE DAYLIGHT DELIGHTS ME,
    SLEEP AT NIGHT GIVES NO REST.
    WHO CAN I TELL ABOUT THIS?
    THE NIGHT IS DARK AND LONG... HOURS GO BY...
    BECAUSE I AM ALONE, I SIT UP SUDDENLY,
    FEAR GOES THROUGH ME....
    KABIR SAYS: LISTEN, MY FRIEND
    THERE IS ONE THING IN THE WORLD THAT SATISFIES,
    AND THAT IS A MEETING WITH THE GUEST.

    MAN is not what he is; man has become what he is not; that’s the root cause of his misery. He has
    gone astray from his being, he has become too involved in becoming.
    To become means to become false. To become means to become that which you are not. To be is
    already the case. Man has not to become anything other than he is, he has to relax into his being
    and know the truth.

    The truth is already given, the truth is not somewhere in the future. It is not a goal but the source.
    You are coming from truth. If you can find the source again you will know what truth is. You are not
    going towards truth; all going takes you farther and farther away from truth.

    You must have heard the name of Radha. Mythologically she is known to be the most beloved
    woman of Krishna. He had many lovers; Radha was the suprememost. But historically there
    has never been any woman by the name of Radha, and in the ancient scriptures her name is not
    mentioned at all. It is an invention of later mystics, later sages, and it has tremendous significance;
    it will be good to understand it.

    In Sanskrit there is a word, DHARA, which means the river moving from the source towards the
    ocean. If you reverse the word DHARA it becomes RADHA. Radha means the river moving towards
    the origin, not towards the ocean; radha is a metaphor. And one can be a beloved of God only if one
    turns the whole process of life – from being a DHARA one becomes a RADHA, not moving towards
    the goal but going deeper and deeper down towards the source.

    And the source is within you! The goal is without, the source, within. The source is your very being.
    But mind is aggressive – it wants to explore, it wants to go on adventures, it wants to know that which

    is not known, it wants to demystify existence. It wants to conquer, it is on a journey of conquest.
    Mind is masculine, basically masculine, and through the mind there is no way towards God.
    One has to become feminine. One has to become receptive rather than being aggressive. One has
    to learn the art of relaxation rather than learning the strategies of how to conquer the world and the
    reality. Truth is not going to be a conquest, it is going to be a total surrender. One has to become a
    host, one has to open up, one has to be just a receptivity so the wind can come in, the rain can come
    in, the sun can come in. And just hidden behind the sun and the rain and the wind one day comes
    the Guest. And the Guest does not come from the outside, it arises within you. God is the Guest.
    But you have to be a host first, you have to learn the art of being a host. You have to become a
    welcome, you have to become a prayer, you have to become an invitation, and you have to become
    a waiting, an infinite waiting. If it takes ages for Him to come you have to wait, of course with tears
    in your eyes but with tremendous trust in the heart.

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