This is the body of that and that is the soul of this. I Am That: Discourses on the Isha Upanishad A mystic used to live under a tree, and he saw for years a woodcutter coming every day, an old man. When you wanted to cry and weep you still smiled. The ordinary religions live on condemning this world; by condemning this world they praise the other world.

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It is already perfect; it cannot be improved upon. The very idea of improving it is egoistic; it is the cause of our misery. It is the way it is - there is no need to improve it. Enjoy it! If you try to improve it you will feel helpless, obviously, because you will be failing again and again, falling short. Whenever people used to ask him, "How can we improve upon things? That is perfect, that is whole. This is perfect, this is whole. The whole comes from the whole, the perfect comes from the perfect.

How it can be imperfect? The whole comes from the whole, yet the whole remains behind. Everything is as it should be. Unless this is understood The rose is rose, the marigold is marigold. The effort to make a marigold a rose is doomed to fail. Then there is helplessness, misery, failure.

The ego feels hurt, wounded. This is the first thing: a deep, total acceptance of things as they are. Then life enters into a different dimension - the dimension of joy, celebration - because then the whole energy is available to dance, sing, to be. Now the whole energy is engaged into improving, into changing, into making things better. You are causing this helplessness yourself. Stop doing! And when I say stop doing it does not mean do nothing.

It is already going towards the ocean. It will take you to your destiny, whatsoever it is - XYZ, it is unpredictable. Where the river will enter the ocean nobody knows, when and where, and it is good that nobody knows. It is good because life remains a mystery, a constant surprise. One feels wonder on every step; a great awe surrounds one.

But misunderstanding is always possible. You will be still doing things, but now there will be no effort in your doing, there will be no doer in your doing; they will be simply happening. When you will feel hungry you will eat; that is not doing.

When you are not feeling hungry and you force yourself to eat, that is doing. Forcing is doing. When you feel sleepy you sleep; that is not doing. But when you are not feeling sleepy and you force yourself to go to sleep, that is doing.

When you are feeling fast asleep, then trying to wake up is doing. When the sleep is over of its own accord and your eyes open up, that is not doing. Eat when hungry, drink when thirsty, sleep when sleepy. Let go! And then each moment is precious and you will never feel helpless and you will never feel that nothing is getting better, because you are not expecting it to get better. It is already the best world that can be, the most perfect existence that ever can be.

But your ego wants to improve upon things. You think you know better than existence itself? You are just a small part of it, you are just a small ripple in the infinite ocean - and you want to improve upon the ocean? That is just being foolish! Dance in the sun while you are! Sing a song! It is beautiful to be and it is also beautiful not to be. When the wave rises, good. For a moment enjoy the sky, the air, the wind, the sun, the rain. And when the wave disappears, good; go into deep rest.

Nothing is ever born and nothing ever dies. Things only move between manifestation and unmanifestation. They become visible, they become invisible. To become invisible is a resting place. Just as after each day you need deep sleep in the night to rejuvenate you, to make you again young and fresh, in the same way after each life you need death.

Death is a deeper sleep and nothing else. After each life your body is so tired, you need a new body, a new manifestation The old wave disappears, but the water in that wave remains in the ocean; it will come again in a new wave. The old is continuously becoming new - allow it. You simply allow life and go with it in deep trust. This is what I call religiousness - this trust.

It is not a belief. Belief is always in dogmas, creeds, theories, philosophies, ideologies. This is not belief, this is simply trusting existence. We have come from it, it is our source. We are not outsiders, we are insiders. And we will go back to the source - it is our source.

Coming out of it is good, going back into it is good. All is good! To feel it brings rejoicing - all is good. You are unnecessarily getting into trouble; you are trying something absurd. You are trying to pull yourself by your own shoestrings. You will feel helpless - you cannot do it. You are like a dog chasing its own tail; it is not possible. The faster the dog will jump, the faster the tail will also move away. It will drive the dog crazy! It is said that if you want a philosopher to remain engaged, just give him a piece of paper and on both the sides write P.

You are being too much philosophical. And what you are saying, you are saying. I am not saying, "Emptiness is bliss. It is! It is my experience, and what you are saying is simply a statement without any experience.

You have not experienced emptiness, but now see what a great problem you have made out of something which you have not experienced. As if you have experienced it! Think over the matter again. Have you ever experienced emptiness? And in emptiness how can there be boredom? If there is boredom it is not empty - it is full of boredom! It there is dullness it is not empty; the mind is there feeling dull, feeling bored.

Emptiness cannot be boring, it cannot be dull. Emptiness is simply empty - of everything. You cannot say anything about it. But you have not experienced it, you have just thought about it. Yes, if you think about emptiness it will look boring, it will look dull, it will look dead. You are really an exception! If you have experienced it then you are denying all the awakened people - but you have not experienced it at all. I can say it because I know what emptiness is. You can call it empty or you can call it bliss; both the words are synonymous.

Emptiness is bliss because there is nothing which can bore you, which can make you feel dull, which can create anxiety, which can make you afraid, which can create anguish.

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The concept "Isha" exhibits monism in one interpretation, or a form of monotheism in an alternative interpretation, referred to as "Self" or "Deity Lord" respectively. Enveloped by the Lord must be This All — each thing that moves on earth. With that renounced, enjoy thyself. Covet no wealth of any man. While thus, as man, you live, there is no way other than this by which Karma will not cling to you.


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