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Experiencing this beauty around you, you forget about small things. Your life becomes a golden life.

Question 1

Maneesha has asked:

OUR BELOVED MASTER,

IS OUR ORIGINAL FACE THAT OF THE WITNESS? IS IT THAT WE LIVE AS AMNESIACS, FORGETTING THAT WE HAVE ONLY ARBITRARILY ADOPTED A BODY AND MIND, AND THAT ENLIGHTENMENT IS SIMPLY REGAINING OUR MEMORY?

Yes, Maneesha. You have condensed in your question the whole answer.

But she goes on writing:

P.S. WHY DO YOU CALL ME "POOR" MANEESHA?

Stonehead Niskriya, give a good hit to poor Maneesha.

(NISKRIYA TAPS MANEESHA LIGHTLY ON THE HEAD WITH HIS ZEN STICK.)

I call you "poor Maneesha" because there is a poverty of the outer world, and there is a poverty of the inner world. I am against the poverty of the outer world, but I am not against the poverty of the inner world. The poverty of the inner world means: no ego, no pride, no arrogance, pure humbleness, as if you are not. And what begins "as if" soon you find it is so. There is no need to call it "as if."

Whenever I call you, Maneesha, "poor Maneesha," that is to wake in you a silence, a peace, a blossom, a spring.

Because of this, Buddha used to call his sannyasins -- against the whole tradition of India -- bhikkshu, the beggar. But he is a beggar on the outside. The more beggarly he becomes on the outside, the richer becomes his inner being.

The poverty of a humble man, the poverty of an innocent man, the poverty of a silent meditative man is not a poverty. Through this poverty you are attaining the whole world. The whole blue sky becomes smaller than you.

Now it is time for Sardar Gurudayal Singh.

It is that fateful day on Calvary Hill. Jesus has been hanging from his cross for hours, and he is getting weaker and weaker.

Suddenly he sees Moseki, his Polish disciple, among the faces in the crowd below.

"Moseki, Moseki," gasps Jesus to the Polack. "Moseki, come here; I have a message for you and your people."

Moseki shimmies up the cross, bringing his ear next to Jesus and says, "Yes, Lord, what is the message for us Polacks?"

"The times are

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