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    This Is It



    This Is It


    CHAPTER 1


    1 May 1977 pm in Chuang Tzu Auditorium

    Deva means divine and gupta means secret – divine secret. And the divine secret is that there is no
    secret in it! The divine secret is the open secret. It is very obvious – it is not far away, it is not distant.
    It is close-by, it is within, it is you... it is your very core. We go on missing god because we go on
    looking far away. We are searching for god with a telescope, hence we go on missing. A telescope
    is good to see things which are far away, but if you start looking for things through the telescope
    which are not far away, which are very close by, you will miss them... and god is the closest!

    Even to look at god with open eyes is to miss, because open eyes look far away... even an inch away
    is far away. That is why in deep prayer or in deep meditation eyes are bound to close themselves.

    God can be seen only with closed eyes: he is so close by – even open eyes will take you far away.
    He is just in the heart beat. This is the secret: don’t look far away, don’t go after the distant, search
    in the close-by, look within! And god has always been there – it is a miracle that we miss him! To
    find god is a simple thing – to miss him is a miracle. To find god is very easy – to miss him is a very
    complex phenomenon. It is simply incredible how we go on missing him, because we live in him, we
    are born in him, we breathe in him, we die in him. We are just like fish and he is just like the ocean
    – but it is said that the fish goes on missing the ocean. It is so close. How can you see it?

    The fish comes to know about the ocean only when she is caught and thrown out of the ocean,
    taken out of the ocean. Then she recognises, then only does she become aware of what she has
    lost. We can take a fish out of the ocean – how can we take a man out of god ? There is no way
    because there is no shore to it – god is a shoreless ocean. There is no place outside him so we can
    never fall out of him. To understand this is to understand the greatest secret. Just a simple, loving
    heart is needed. It is not a question of great intellectual understanding, no! – just a feeling heart is
    needed. God is known through feeling: it is not an intellectual work – it is intuitive. So start looking
    within-wards, mm?... and sannyas is the beginning of the journey within-wards.

    Deva means divine and chaya means shadow – divine shadow. We are all god’s reflections, and to
    think about ourselves otherwise is wrong. We are joined to god as the shadow is joined to our body.
    There is no way to go away, the shadow cannot leave – it simply follows.

    Once this is understood, life becomes very easy and very blissful. Then you are not the doer, then
    there is no responsibility on you. The whole responsibility is on god’s shoulders, and in that there is
    rest and relaxation.

    So from this moment, leave everything to god and suddenly you will feel a great transformation.
    Become a shadow!

    [A sannyasin says: Last time you told me that will is not my path, so when I do active meditations, I
    just do them relaxedly. I don’t know if I have to impose anything on myself .... ]
    You have some wrong notion – that something has to be achieved – that’s why you start thinking
    that you are going astray.

    Where can you go? And how can you go astray? – because whatsoever happens is the truth. That
    is the truth of that moment – that your mind started going away. That is the truth of that moment,
    that’s how that moment came to you.

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