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    The Mustard Seed: My Most Loved Gospel on Jesus




    The Mustard Seed: My Most Loved Gospel on Jesus


    CHAPTER 1


    The Mustard Seed
    21 August 1974 am in Buddha Hall


    THE FIRST SAYING
    THE DISCIPLES SAID TO JESUS: TELL US WHAT THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN IS LIKE.
    HE SAID TO THEM: IT IS LIKE A MUSTARD SEED – SMALLER THAN ALL SEEDS, BUT WHEN
    IT FALLS ON THE TILLED EARTH IT PRODUCES A LARGE TREE AND BECOMES SHELTER
    FOR ALL THE BIRDS OF HEAVEN.

    Human relationships have changed a lot, and have changed for the worse. In all dimensions the
    deeper relationships have disappeared: the wife is no longer a wife, but just a girlfriend; the husband
    is no longer a husband, but just a boyfriend. Friendship is good, but cannot be very deep. Marriage
    is something which happens in depth. It is a commitment in depth, and unless you commit yourself
    you remain shallow. Unless you commit yourself you never take the jump. You can float on the
    surface, but the depths are not for you.

    Of course, to go into the depths is dangerous – bound to be so, because on the surface you are
    very efficient. On the surface you can work like an automaton; no awareness is needed. But you will
    have to be more and more alert, the more you penetrate into the depths, because at every moment
    death is possible. Fear of depth has created a shallowness in all relationships. They have become
    juvenile.

    A boyfriend or a girlfriend may be fun, but cannot become a door to the deepest that is hidden
    in each and everyone. With a girlfriend you can be sexually related, but love cannot grow. Loveneeds deep roots. Sexuality is possible on the surface, but sexuality is just animal, biological. It
    can be beautiful if it is part of a deeper love, but if it is not part of a deeper love it is the most ugly
    thing possible; the ugliest, because then there is no communion – you simply touch each other and
    separate. Only bodies meet, but not you – not I, not thou. This has happened in all relationships.

    But the greatest relationship has completely disappeared, and the greatest relationship is between
    a master and a disciple. You will not be able to understand Jesus if you cannot understand the
    dimension of that relationship which exists between a master and his disciples. That has completely
    disappeared. The wife is substituted by a girlfriend, the husband is substituted by a boyfriend, but the
    master, and the relationship that exists between him and his disciples, has completely disappeared.
    Or, this relationship has been substituted by a very contrary thing that exists between a psychiatrist
    and his patient.

    Between a psychiatrist and his patient a relationship exists which is bound to be ill, pathological –
    because a patient comes not in search of truth, is really not in search of health.... This word health
    is very meaningful: it means wholeness, it means holiness, it means a deep healing in the self. A
    patient does not come for health, because if he comes for health he cannot be anything other than
    a disciple. A patient comes to get rid of the illness; the attitude is totally negative. He has come just
    to be forced to become normal again, just to become a working part of the normal world again. He
    has become maladjusted; he needs adjustment and the psychiatrist helps him to be adjusted again.
    But adjusted to whom? Adjusted to this world, this society, which is absolutely ill.

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