Swami Stories Taken From Sunday Talks Given by
Taken from “Teacher – Guru - Master” September 3rd, 2000
Many, many people ask me, "Why is it that we find so many long faces here? Why long faces? Why?" Above all the creatures, 84 lakhs of creatures in this world (The ancient seers counted. We don’t have time to count!) 84 lakhs of species are there in this world. Of all the creatures in this world, man is a special creation, very special, endowed with a smile on his face. But we have lost that ability to smile. We have lost that opportunity to smile. Oh, what a shame it is! What a loss it is! We don’t have to worry for not having property. We don’t have to worry for not having positions. We don’t have to worry for not having status. We have to worry for having lost a smile on our face! A smile that is lost on our face is a life that is totally lost. Yes!
Many people ask me, "Why many people are serious?" Many people are asking me: "Why? Why many are serious?" I said, "Confusion!" We cannot find fault with anybody. We are all confused. We’re in a state of confusion, and confusion reflects on our face.
What is this confusion? The confusion is because of this: We have come here with some expectations. We come here hoping that Swami will talk to us. We come here hoping that we will have interviews. We come here hoping that He will take a letter. We come here desiring that He will collect a flower on our birthday at least. We come here wishing that He would come forward with some solution to our urgent, immediate domestic or family or official or a business problem. When once He turns away, when I have to see His back, or His empty hands waving in the air, I am depressed. I am confused and I don’t have guts to say this openly because everyone would philosophise the situation.
We’re afraid of these pseudo-philosophers. We want somebody to sympathise with us. We want somebody to understand our position. We want somebody to show us the way, to console, to understand the situation, rather than philosophise: "Swami will take care of you. Don’t worry. He may not look at you. You will understand if you are in my position."
A fellow is dying. If I go and tell him, "Don’t worry, I am also going to die tomorrow", he will say, "Why don’t you join me now! Why don’t you join me now! Why tomorrow?"
So, my friends, it is easy to philosophise things. It is easy to spiritualise things when you consider that it is the other man’s problem. When once you think it is your problem, we act in a childish way. No one is an exception, please take it from me. No one is an exception. When it is a personal problem, we are childish. When it is a problem of some others’, we are sages! We are saints! We are prophets! We are ready to give sermons if that man finds the time! That is really horrible. We cannot bear it.
Please step into my shoes and imagine. Why are we so serious? Why are we so tensed? Why are not we happy here? And if we are not happy here, where else can we be happy? Some say, "Meditate!" Shall I meditate on my problem? Why don’t you meditate instead of talking to me! Yes. That is all nonsense. A man with a problem immediately needs a solution, not a meditation. A realised soul will never speak like that.
So, my friends, we have to think once again, deeply enough to find an answer to this question. Why are we tensed? Why are we unhappy? Why do we have long faces? Why do we continue to have problems? What is the reason for our frustration? What is the cause for our depression here?
The only reason, the first and foremost reason, is our expectations. And the second reason is our confusion. Why confusion? Because we take Swami to be a teacher, while He is a master. Bhagavan is not a teacher; He’s a master. If He’s a teacher, He can teach, He can talk to you directly. As He’s a master, He talks to you from within. He communicates to you from within. That is what you call ‘inner voice’, what you call ‘conscience’. The Divine master communicates to you from the point of your conscience, from the level of your inner voice, not from the physical level of that height, of that personality, wearing that robe, merely a physical frame; the physical frame that you find outside starts communicating with you from within. That’s what ‘Antharanga Sai, Anatha Natha Sai’, means. ‘Antharanga Sai’ means the ‘Indweller’. Baba being within you, He communicates from within.
Similarly it is when Swami looks at you, so comforting, so consoling, so encouraging, so much of enthusiasm. He doesn’t talk to you. Just a look, a touch, a smile is the message. Baba’s smile is a message. Baba’s Darshan is a message. Baba’s looks have got a message. This is the style of functioning of the Divine master. We are confused because we take this Divine master to be a physical teacher. "He does not talk to me. He doesn’t shake hands with me. He doesn’t look at me. I feel that I am not important." That is the tragedy.
You can be close to a teacher. If I am a brilliant student, the teacher loves me. If I am a promising student, the teacher likes me. He wants me to sit in the front row. Or rather, even if I am anywhere, he goes on staring at me because he finds in me a good student. You can be near a teacher. You can draw his attention. Suppose I am late to the class. I go on raising my neck to draw his attention, to be funny. Let me be smart to draw his attention, like some people who peep their neck in between the two shoulders of those who are seated side-by-side. They push their neck like that to draw the attention of Swami, like a giraffe. (Well, Swami’s attention may not be drawn. They’ll have sprain in the neck! That is a guarantee!)
So, you can draw the attention of your teacher. You can be close to a teacher. But you cannot be close to a Divine master because the master is in you. The Divine master is in you! How can you be near to yourself? If I say, "I am near to myself," what do you say? "I met you one hour back. You were all right. What happened now? Psychic?" So, you cannot be near to yourself. You are yourself. That’s all. So, Divine master is in you. So, there’s nothing like being close to a Divine master.
We are confused. And He doesn’t allow you to be near Him. No. Because He is a Divine master. He wants you to see Him in you. But He allows you for some time to be near, so that for all times you will feel Him within. Sometimes, to begin with, He’s a teacher and then He wants you to take Him as a Divine master. You come to Him as a teacher, establishing a physical contact, establishing word-to-word contact, establishing a sort of conversation, a dialogue, in order to reach, in order to view Him, in order to enjoy Him, in order to find Him as the Divine master. Then we will not be confused. This confusion is because we still remain in the first stage of taking Him as a teacher. He’s the Divine master. He communicates from within.
A teacher is separate from you, but a Divine master and you are one and the same. As I said, there is sound between teacher and student. But with the Divine master, between you and the Divine master, there’s only the depth of silence. It’s only the depth of silence. That’s what Baba said. These aren’t my words. What did He say? "It is only in the depth of silence that the voice of God is heard."
Is it not a contradictory statement? The voice is heard in silence. It is only in the depth of silence that the voice of God is heard. That’s the reason why, when I am silent, I can experience, I can enjoy that supreme silence. Then the report, the ‘communication’ in the state of silence, is the greatest eloquence of bringing an identity between the disciple and the Divine master, both being one and the same.