I want people to be awake that whole consciousness goes to the deepest part of their being, and also to the highest peak. A vertical growth – just like a tree grows. Its roots go down into the earth, and its branches spread towards the stars. Its blossoms flower into the sky, its nourishment comes from the deepest part of the earth. It is always balanced: the higher the tree goes, the deeper the roots, you cannot have a cedar of Lebanon tree, four hundred or five hundred years old, rising so high in the sky, with small roots. It will fall down immediately.
Life needs a balance the depth and the height. I teach you both simultaneously. In your entering to the centre in meditation, you are growing your roots deeper into the cosmos. And bringing the Buddha out from the hidden centre is bringing your fragrance, your ecstasy higher, where it can blossom into the sky. Your ecstasy is a movement towards the height and your meditation is a movement towards the depth. And once you have both, your life becomes a celebration.
That is my work, to transform your life from a sad affair into a celebration.
If we can fill the earth with laughter there is no going to be any war. If we can teach the soldiers to tell jokes to the enemy, there is not going to be any war. They were throw their guns and sit down and share jokes! And somebody is telling a joke, can you kill him? When he is bringing laughter to you, can you destroy him?
Every men is responsible to create a Buddhafield around himself, an energy field that goes on becoming bigger and bigger. Create as many vibrations of laughter, joy, celebration, as possible; dance, sing, let the whole of humanity by and by catch the fire of Zen and the wind of Zen.
Nobody is really interested to be sad. Nobody is interested to torture himself. It is your religions and your politicians who go on making you sad and miserable, because in your misery is their whole business. If you start laughing, if you start dancing throwing the gun away; if you take up a guitar…. Carry your guitar on your shoulders, and fresh and fragrant laughter on your lips. Make this whole world a merry- go- round. You don’t have that word. You have the word ‘Sorry-go-round’. I have to create language for you!
Just your laughter will be enough to prevent the war. Your celebration, your dance, will be enough to prevent the war. Your ecstasy, your meditation, force which will be far higher because it is life- affirmative. Your religions are life- negative. Your politicians are life-negative. Your religions prepare you for beyond life, not to live here joyously. And your politicians create weapons to kill you. Politicians kill you and priests console you: “Don’t be worried. After your death you will be entering paradise – beautiful women and rivers of wine. “No prohibition, no marriage… have you ever heard that in paradise there are marriages?
I am creating a paradise ‘here now’. I don’t wait for death – why should one wait for death? And if there is going to be a paradise after death, please prepare for it! Be ready for it! Enjoy life here, so that you can enjoy it there. Only those who are capable of enjoying here, and dancing here, and singing here, and loving, and loving here, will be able to enjoy paradise… not your saints, only my people!