I am the Answer

Fri, 7 December 1976 00:00:00 GMT
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Blessed Are the Ignorant
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pm in Chuang Tzu Auditorium
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[A sannyasin says: I'm very lazy and I'm not doing anything to be more aware. I'm unconscious a lot of the time... most of the day. I come to the discourses and there's something, but the rest of the time I'm not doing anything to be aware.]

There is no need to do anything - just remain relaxed. Enjoy whatsoever you are doing. Eating - enjoy eating. Walking - enjoy walking. Sitting - enjoy sitting. Listening - enjoy listening. Just make every move a delight, and remain relaxed.

The very idea that you have to do something creates tension, anxiety, anguish. If you do it, you will become more tense. If you don't do it, you feel guilty. Both ways it creates trouble. Just drop the idea. Whatsoever is, is good.

If you can relax, things will happen on their own accord. You look relaxed. Much has changed. You have not done anything for it - and it has changed. So trust! When so much can change, much more can change.

While you are here with me, if you can rest in me, if you can relax in me, things will happen on their own accord. On your part nothing is needed to be done. If only you can do one thing - allow me to do - things will happen. When you start doing on your own, you don't allow me to do. You take your responsibility on your own head - and of course that creates a mess.

By becoming a sannyasin you have dropped all responsibility. And through being here close to me, that is the basic thing to be learned. My presence will do - you simply rest in my presence.

So don't carry ideas that you have to do something; that you are this, that you are unconscious.

Whatsoever you are, I accept you as you are, and I don't demand any change.

If you can relax.... And I want this community to be one of the most relaxed communities in the world. People are not really hankering for any growth, for any improvement - spiritual or otherwise, material or spiritual. People are just here, enjoying. As trees are enjoying and stars are enjoying, people are also enjoying. Be absolutely ordinary.

These ideas of awareness and this and that, are also ego trips. So no more ego trips. I would like this community just to be a community which is very ordinary, simple, natural, and enjoyable - a hedonistic community. Let this be a garden of epicurus... and then everything will happen on its own accord.

When you are not in your own way, things happen. When you are in your own way, things don't happen. The more you try to do, the less is possible.

And you are going very well . You may not be happy with yourself, but I am very happy with you! So just drop these troublesome ideas, mm?

[A sannyasin says: Afterwards I will think of things to say, but when I'm in front of you I think of nothing to say.]

That's how it should be, that's the right thing... because whatsoever arises as a question when you come close to me - if you are really close to me, if you are looking at me, is bound to fall and disappear, because I am the answer. Not that you have to ask the question, then I will give you the answer. If you know how to receive the answer, then just being close to me the question disappears.

Then you get something of tremendous value.

If you ask the question, of course I will answer it, but that is not so important. You miss the most valuable chance - that was just being close to me, open, receptive. And in that moment, all questions disappear. There is only silence - and silence is the answer.

So it is absolutely the right thing. By and by it is going to happen to everybody. One day it is bound to be so. You will simply sit here, and I will sit here, and nobody will ask anything, because everybody will be receiving the answer without asking.

When you ask a question, you are a student and I have to become a teacher. When you don't ask the question, you are a disciple and then I am the master. Do you see the difference? When you ask the question, I have to teach something. When you don't ask the question, I have nothing to teach.

Then only I am there and you are there, and there is a communion, there is a transfer of energy, because no barrier exists....

It will happen. It is happening! Everybody takes his own time. Everybody moves with his own pace.

It is going to happen. It is happening already, mm? You need not be worried about it.

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