Everything will fall into place by itself.
You don’t have to bring discipline into your life…
You don’t have to search for a guru…
Everything will fall into line by itself, if you long strongly enough.
So the problem is, there is no longing.
Because there is too much snacking. People who are snacking all the time, they don’t feel hunger. Because you’re snacking. Snacking means, right now, you are trying to satisfy your longing.
Human longing is to expand boundlessly!
But you’re satisfying your longing with shopping… By watching a cricket match… By watching a cinema… By talking to somebody… By reading something… By distracting yourself with a million other things.
So just spend a few days.
Simply you paint your room white. Comfortable chair. But. Eyes open. No sleeping. Alert and open. No reading, no thinking, no creating new philosophy…
You will see.
Initially you may feel like you’re going crazy, but after some time, you’ll see clearly, what this life is longing for, becomes a hundred percent clear to you. One hundred percent clear to you! There will be no doubt about that.
So this is the reason why we create spaces. An ashram exists so that you come and make use of it for your sadhana. That you come, you invest a certain amount of time in a year, at least a week, or two weeks… Just for this one; for nothing else; just… If you feel this being is worthwhile… If you feel this being deserves at least that much attention, you must give it at least a couple of weeks in a year. Fifty weeks for the world, two weeks for you. Just for you. Not for your body, not for your mind, not for entertainment, not for your family. Just for you.
You need to understand this. The best thing; the foremost thing and the most beautiful thing that you can offer to people around you, is you are an evolved human being. Yes or no? Not your money, not your wealth, not your rubbish, not your work which is going to make the difference. That being with you is a wonderful experience for people around you. Your family, the people that you work with, your friends… Everybody aspires to be with you, because it’s a wonderful experience to be with you. This is the best thing that you can ever do to any human being around you. That’s all they aspire for, isn’t it?
But now the problem is, You are looking for that wonderful person.
“Oh, I met this wonderful person…!”
Why the hell are you not that wonderful person? Because you never paid any attention to this. You think something that’s happening around you is more important that what is this.
No, no, no.
The quality of your life is essentially determined by the quality of what this is.
How this is, that’s how it will be. Wherever we put you. Whether we put you in heaven or hell. The experience and the quality of your life is determined by how This is, not how the situation is.
You must spend some time without snacking. Then you will know what is hunger. Once you are sufficiently hungry, then you know the value of food, isn’t it? Otherwise you will not know the value of food… What it is…
Just don’t eat for twenty-four hours.
And then, when somebody serves a meal; don’t gobble it immediately. Just sit there. Wait for two minutes. Just look at the food. See what it means to you. It’s life sitting out there in the plate. Not some rubbish, not some material, not some stuff. It’s life! Your life, sitting out there in the plate, isn’t it?
If you see food like this experientially… The way you handle the food, will it change or no?
Yes? That’s all.
So if you create just one week, where you simply fix it in a certain way, and then you see, wanting to know what This Is, will become the prime importance in your life.
Once there is longing, everything else will align itself. Heaven and hell will work for you. They will start working for you, if the longing is big enough. Nobody can stop it. Everything will align with you. That is the nature of the universe. If this one thing, which is the source of creation, gets fired up, then creation will get aligned behind you. It will not be against you.
The simplest, and the most fundamental thing that you can do in your life is, that you are Life always!
You don’t have to be in any particular way. You just have to be alive!
Everything else, including the body and the mind, are accessories, to life.
Accessories are added to life to facilitate certain things. Not to overshadow life. We add accessories to facilitate. To add on, and enhance. Not to overshadow completely. Not to occupy life, but to enhance life.
If you know this, and know this every moment of your life; that everything that you possess, including your body and your mind, are accessories; they’re here only to enhance this life, not to overshadow this life…
Let me see how you get depressed?
You must get spot-on with life. This is all you have to do.
What is you and what is not you. There must be distinction.
So whatever is not you, when you hold it, you must hold it in a certain way. Of course, depending on the nature of what it is. If it’s a flower, we hold it one way; if it’s a vessel we hold it another way; if it’s a pen we hold it another way… Can you employ the same grip on everything? It’s different! Depending upon the nature of what it is.
But, any kind of grip that you use –if you notice how you hold anything, for that matter– there is always this dimension, that you can loosen the grip and let it be.
Suppose you hold something and you cannot loosen the grip.
OK. You’re heading for the stuff. Ha!
So just look at these things, how many things in your life are such, that you held it and now you can’t loosen the grip. These two weeks, this is all you need to do. Consciously.
Don’t tell anybody; they will all fight you. They’ll think you are going to leave them and go away… They’ll think you’re going to take sannyas… They think something else and something else.
Nothing needs to be done outside. Within yourself. How are you holding it.
For this… a simple thing is like this:
Tomorrow morning you are going to die.
I’m very generous, I’m giving you twenty-four hours. Yes? The nature of life is such, it never guarantees twenty-four hours for you, but I’m giving you twenty-four hours.
Tomorrow morning you are going to die.
Do what you want, you’re going to loosen the grip on everything, isn’t it? Do whatever you want; whichever way, you want to loosen the grip. Loosen the grip. It’s gone. Loosen the grip on your body… loosen the grip on your mind, your thought, your emotions… Just loosen the grip a little bit.
When you are alive, if you loosen the grip, you will become exuberant!
Edited by Leon, part of this on-screen-text audio with Sadhguru: