Whatsoever you possess will not
give you contentment. The mind, the ego, will always feel
The inward journey begins only
when you understand it clearly that anything outside is not going to
give you contentment.
For the spiritual person, this
moment is more than enough. He is utterly grateful for whatever is
allowed to him. His contentment cannot be disturbed by any desire
This wheel will go on rotating
unless you understand and jump out of it. And the only way to jump
out of it is to live each moment so totally that it brings such
contentment, such fulfillment that you cannot be greedy. And you
cannot be jealous, and you cannot be in self-condemnation, and you
cannot feel pain. Existence gives you one moment by one moment. So
if you know to live one moment totally, you know the whole secret of
Whatever you are doing, if there
is contentment and a feeling that this whole existence is nothing
but the manifestation of godliness, that we are traveling on holy
earth, that whomever you are meeting, you are meeting God -- there
is no other way; only faces are different, but the inner reality is
the same -- all your tensions will disappear. And the energy that is
involved in tensions will start becoming your grace, your beauty.
If one can manage to be oneself
then there is nothing else to be done. That very phenomenon to be
oneself is the beginning of a transformation that makes you a new
man; blissful, fulfilled, full of contentment. Now there is nowhere
to go; you have arrived. Just to be oneself is to be at home.
Deep contentment is the visible
sign of love. Whenever a person is in love, he is in deep
contentment. Love cannot be seen, but contentment, the deep
satisfaction around him...his every breath, his every movement, his
very being -- content.
Rejoice this moment. Very few
people in the world are even trying to know who they are. That is
what is making a mess of the world. If you know consciously the
source of your being, you become filled with contentment, joy,
compassion, love. So many thousands of flowers blossom in you. You
become a splendor. This is your birthright. You can ignore it but
you cannot destroy it. Any moment you want to remember it, it is
available. Just want it enough.
People go on following others'
advice. Live according to your own light and then whatever happens,
you will find a peace, a contentment, a fulfillment. You may not be
a great success in the world, you may not be very famous, but you
will be yourself.
That is the situation of every
unconscious human being. Not only the dragonfly, you are also living
in dreams. Until a pillar of consciousness arises in you, you will
live in dreams, in nightmares, and your life will be a wastage. It
will not come to fulfillment, to contentment, to a deep realization
of organic unity with the cosmos.
Whenever you give with a
condition you will always be dissatisfied, because the condition
cannot be fulfilled. Whenever you give without a condition you will
feel a deep contentment, because there is no reason to be
dissatisfied. Whenever you give and enjoy it, whenever giving is an
end unto itself.
Meditation is the greatest
revolution in the world because it brings the original man into
existence. It is always there but every society pushes it under
many, many covers. Our work here is to throw all those covers, all
those layers and find the real, the original, the natural. Start
your growth from your natural center. Then whatever you may be, you
will find contentment, you will find great joy in life. You will
find not only joy in life, but in death too, because your original
nature is eternal.
The whole art of meditation is
the art of remembering who you are. Fulfillment cannot happen
without knowing who you are. How can you be fulfilled if deep within
you at the center is darkness, ignorance? If you don't know
yourself, how can you be fulfilled? Before fulfillment, contentment,
a basic requirement is to remember. And the miracle of remembering
is that the moment you remember yourself, contentment and
fulfillment come simultaneously -- without any effort on your part.
They are flowers of your enlightenment, of your remembrance.
The market is outside you, the
mind is outside you, the body is outside you. You are the innermost
core -- everything is outside you. This experience of the innermost
center brings a contentment. You don't bring it; it comes, it simply
rains over you. A contentment that you have practiced is false. A
contentment that comes to you on its own accord is authentic. Go to
the marketplace, teach people how to be watchers of their minds, but
remember not to teach them to be contented with their desires. We
have to make them more discontented, till the real contentment
comes. If you make them contented, then the real never comes. You
are satisfied with something plastic; that becomes the barrier.
All purposes tend to one goal:
to give you total freedom because freedom is your flowering, your
lotus opening in the morning sun. And unless that happens you cannot
find contentment, fulfillment, a peace that one feels when one comes
home. And everybody is carrying his home within him. You are not to
go anywhere: You have to stop going, so that you can remain where
you are, so that you can remain what you are. Just be. And in that
utter silence of being are hidden all the mysteries of existence.
Only a fulfilled man can
pray. Only a contented man can pray: contentment is prayer. Prayer
is the perfume of absolute contentment.
People are manufacturing all
kinds of pleasures, but they don't satisfy, they don't bring
contentment; they only drive people more and more insane.
It is not a question of what you
follow, which part; it is a question of whether you go totally into
it or not. To be total in your action brings joy. Even an ordinary,
trivial action done with total intensity brings a glow to your
being, a fulfillment, a fullness, a deep contentment. And anything
done half-heartedly, howsoever good the thing may be, is going to