Non-Being – In Gita Verse 4.14 There is no work that affects Me; nor do I aspire for the fruits of action. One who understands this truth about Me also does not become entangled in the fruitive reactions of work.
Krishna says that I myself live what I am saying to you (Arjuna). I never focus on the fruits. I always focus on the present moment, observe the whole circumstances again, get connected with myself and then act.
Here through this verse Krishna gave us the hint that why we need to be always in flow. If we go on moving then we are neither stuck to our objective worlds or subjective worlds. Unless we are constantly moving as an observer, watcher, we are calm and the mind cannot be in a hurry or in anxiety. Mind will follow the observer, watcher, who is connected with the universe and universal wisdom. When you are connected with universal wisdom the whole will use our body to accomplish certain acts of the universe.
Buddha says: “There is no soul. You are not a self, not an atma. You are an anatta, a no-self. There is nothing permanent in you, nothing substantial – you are a flow, a river.”
Why does Buddha insist on a no-self?
He insists because if you accept non-being, if you accept nothingness, then there is no fear of death, then you can drop yourself completely. And when you drop yourself completely, the vision arises. Then you are capable of knowing. With your ego you cannot know. Only in an egolessness, in a deep abyss, in the absence of the ego, does the perception happen – then you become a mirror. With the ego you will always interpret, you cannot know the truth. With the ego you will always be there interpreting in subtle ways, and your interpretation is not the truth. You are the medium of all falsification. Through you everything becomes false. When you are not there, the truth reflects.
Somehow you have to come to an understanding: the understanding of the no-self, of a changeless flux, no substance as such – just a river flowing and flowing. Then you are a mirror, a clarity. Then there is nobody to disturb and nobody to interpret and nobody to distract. Then existence mirrors in you as it is. That mirroring of existence as it is, is the truth.
Second thing: if you want to abide always and always, you have not lived the moment. One who has lived his life truly, authentically, one who has enjoyed it, is always ready to die, is always ready to leave. One who has not enjoyed and celebrated, one who has not lived the moment, the life, is always afraid to leave because “the time has come to leave and I am yet unfulfilled.” The fear of death is not the fear of death, it is a fear of remaining unfulfilled. You are going to die, and nothing, nothing at all could you experience through life – no maturity, no growth, no flowering. Empty-handed you came, empty-handed you are going. This is the fear!
One who has lived is always ready to die. His readiness is not a forced attitude. His readiness is just like a flower. When the flower has flowered, has sent its perfume to the infinite corners of existence, enjoyed the moment, lived it, danced through the breeze, risen against the wind, looked at the sky, watched the sunrise, lived it, a fulfillment comes by the evening and the flower is ready to drop to the earth, to go back, to rest. And it is always beautiful – when you have lived, rest is beautiful. It is the thing! The flower simply drops to the earth and goes to sleep. There is no tension, no anguish, no cry, no effort to cling.
All of us are always taking the words as truth. When Krishna, Buddha, Osho or in that case all our enlightened people till today when they say death they mean only one death that is our ego. Once whoever has consciously experienced the death of ego he is the person who is ready to die, death is celebration for them. They have experience whenever they use their wisdom and follow it which is connected with the universe they found joy, bliss which cannot be expressed by words only felt by the vastness of it. It can be indicated but not expressed by the words. It’s like a river merging in the ocean and becoming ocean. Ego is tiny and when we are connected with the universe we become vast. In that vastness ego cannot exist. Same is the process of death. Our body is tiny and our soul is vast. When we die we have a similar experience of vastness so when ego dies and we become the universe we have experience of deathlessness. Unless we have ego we cannot experience the vastness of our being. So without resisting ego, what Krishna says, become flow and by constant watcher to yourself, then act. In that act your focus will not be on the fruits but as a flow you will respond in the present moment.Tags: Non-Being