All decoration on the ego, for the ego, is nothing but deceiving yourself.
Once you understand it then the whole energy is put into another direction. One has to know oneself. One has not to be worried about what others say about you.

Schmuck is a Yiddish word. It has two meanings. one meaning is “idiot” and another means the male genital organ.
Idiots live only as sexual beings—they don’t know any other life. So schmuck is beautiful. If a person has known only sex as life he is stupid, he is an idiot.

People who live in the ego live behind curtains. whatsoever passes through the curtain, the curtain changes it.
People go on living in a mental world of their own creation. Ego is the center of their world, of the false world—call it maya. Only they live in that world.
When you drop the ego, you drop a whole world that you have created around it. For the first time you are able to see things as they are, not as you would like them to be.

Everybody is immensely strong because everybody is im­ mensely divine. Everybody is strong because everybody is rooted in God, in the very origin of existence. Remember it.
The human mind tends to forget it. When you forget it, you become weak. When you become weak you start trying to find some artificial ways to become strong. That’s what millions of people are doing. Searching for money, what are you really searching? You are searching power, you are searching strength. You are searching in wrong places.

That which is very close we forget very easily. That which is always available we forget very easily.
Do you remember your breathing? You remember only when there is some trouble. That’s why people remember God only when they are in trouble. Otherwise, who remembers? And God is closer than your breathing, closer than you are to yourself. One tends to forget.
To remember that which we have never been away from is very difficult.

In private he defeated even his very teacher, but in public his own young pupils could throw him.
In privacy he must have been completely forgetful of his own self, the ego. Then he was tremendously powerful- In public he must have become too self-conscious. Then he was weak. Self- consciousness is weakness. Self-forgetfulness is strength.

If you are too self-conscious about yourself, you simply pretend that you are listening—you don't listen. You may nod your head; you may sometimes say yes and no—but you are not listening.
When you listen, you become just a passage—a passivity, a receptivity, a womb. You become feminine.
God can reach you only when you are receptive, a feminine receptivity.
Listening is the art for becoming passive. Buddha has emphasized listening so much, Mahavir has em­ phasized listening so much, Krishna- murti goes on emphasizing right listening so much. The ears are sym­ bolic. Have you noticed? Your ears are nothing but passages, just holes.
Your ears are more feminine than your eyes; your eyes are more male. Your ears are yin, your eyes are yang. When you look at somebody you are aggressive, when you listen to somebody you are receptive.
That’s why looking at somebody for too long a time becomes vulgar, impolite, unmannerly. There is a certain limit; psychologists say three seconds.
But listening to a person has no limit, because ears cannot trespass. They simply remain wherever they are.

Eyes need rest. Have you noticed? In the night the eyes need rest.
Ears need no rest; they are open twenty-four hours, year in, year out.
Eyes cannot remain open even for minutes—continually blinking, continually resting. Aggression tires, because aggression takes your energy out, so the eyes have to blink continually, to rest. The ears are rested always.
That's why music has been used by many religions as an ap­ proach toward prayer—because music will make your ears more vibrant, more sensitive. One has to become more of the ears and less of the eyes.

when you have become receptive then just melt into those waves, start imagining that you are those waves.
The master is giving him a device so that he can forget his self, the ego. First step is receptivity, because in receptivity ego cannot exist—it can exist only in conflict. And when you are receptive, suddenly your faculty of imagination becomes tremendously powerful. Receptive people, sensitive people, are imaginative people.
First you become receptive and then you become creative.
once you have dropped your ego you become so flexible that whatsoever you imagine will happen. Then your imagination will become your reality.

If you pursue, if you persist, one moment is bound to come when the thing that you have been desiring for many lives happens—but patience is needed.
what is dream and what is real, he does not know. He has become a small child again. Only children have that capacity. He makes no distinction be­ tween the dream and the waking. He
knows no distinctions. He knows reality as one.

By dawn the temple was only surging water, and O-Nami sat there with a faint smile on his free.
He became a buddha! The same feint smile that one day came to Buddha under the bodhi tree must have come to O-Nami. Suddenly he was no more—and that was the smile, the smile of coming back home. The smile that one has arrived, the smile that now there is no longer anywhere to go. The smile that one has reached the source, the smile that one has died and is resurrected.

That day he entered the public wrestling contest and won every bout, and from that day no one in Japan could ever throw him.
Because now it is not his energy. He is no more O-Nami— he is no more the waves, he is the ocean now. How can you defeat the ocean?
Once you have dropped the ego you have dropped all defeat, all failure, all frustration.
Carry the ego and you will remain weak. Drop the ego and infinite strength starts flowing through you. By dropping the ego you become a river, you start flowing, you start melting, you start streaming—you become alive.

If you are trying to live on your own, you are simply being stupid. It is as if a leaf on a tree is trying to live on its own—not only that, but fighting the tree, fighting other leaves, fighting the roots, thinking that those are all inimical to him.
We are just leaves on a tree, a great tree—call it God, or the whole, or you name it, but we are small leaves on an infinite tree of life. There is no need to fight. The only way to come home is to surrender.

2. PERFECTIONISM

Artists are very egoistic; He has used art as a means for his ego trip.
The true artist disappears utterly.
Some unknown force has done it through him, he knows that he has been possessed. That has been the experience of all the really great artists down the ages.
And those who are the greatest— a Mozart, a Beethoven, a Kalidas, a Rabindranath Tagore—those who are the greatest are absolutely certain that they have been nothing but hol­ low bamboos and existence has been singing through them. They have been flutes but the song is not theirs. It has flowed through them, but it comes from some unknown source.

This is the paradox. The real cre­ ator knows that he has not created anything. Existence has worked through him. It has possessed him, his hands, his being, and it has created something through him. He has been instrumental. This is real art, where the artist disappears. Then there is no question of ego. And then art be­ comes religiousness.

When the artist is absolutely absent, then the creativity is absolutely perfect. The more the artist is present the less perfect the product will be.
ego always wants to be perfect. Ego is very perfectionistic.
Perfection is possible only when the ego is not.
The real artist simply allows himself into a surrender, into a let go, and what­ soever happens, happens.
He thinks certainly of totality but never of perfection. He wants to be totally in it, that’s all.

Nijinsky was a perfect dancer. He was asked about it again and again. The more people asked, . the more he became conscious of it, the more it started disappearing. A moment came in his life when it stopped completely, and the reason was that he became conscious of it—he lost his totality.

The law of grace:
In a certain state of abandon, in a certain state of drunkenness—drunk with the divine—in a certain state of utter surrender, egolessness, that law starts functioning.
Ego is like a rock around your neck. When the ego is not there, you are weighdess.
There are moments when you have a kind of weightlessness. You walk on the earth but still your feet don’t touch the earth; Moments of joy, moments of prayer, moments of meditation, moments of celebration, moments of love … and you are weightless, you are uplifted.

3. INTELLECT

Mind means past; Mind means memory.
If you are herenow, your mind disappears.
No thought moves, no desire arises; you become disconnected with the past and disconnected with the future.
Mind repeats the same knowledge. It goes on chewing the same knowledge again and again.
No-mind is clarity, purity, innocence. No-mind is the real way to live, the real way to know, the real way to be.

Intellect is something pseudo, a substitute for intelligence.
Intelligence needs tremendous courage, intelligence needs an adventurous life. Intelligence needs that you are always going into the unknown, into the uncharted sea. Then intelligence grows, it becomes sharpened.

Intelligence has nothing to do with the head; it has something to do with the heart.
intelligence is a state of heart wakefulness. When your heart is awake, when your heart is dancing in deep gratitude, when your heart is in tune with existence, in harmony with existence, out of that harmony is creativity.

The poets create in the outer world— a painting, a poem, a song, music, a dance—and the mystic creates in the inner world. The poet’s cre­ ativity is objective and the mystic’s creativity is subjective, totally of the interior.

Intellectual activity can make you experts in certain things, use­ ful, efficient. But intellect is groping in the dark. It has no eyes, because it is not yet meditative. Intellect is borrowed, it has no insight of its own.

To bring intelligence into activity you don't need more infor­ mation, you need more meditation. You need to become more silent.

That’s what creativity is: to pul­ sate in absolute harmony with the total. Things will start happening on their own.

BELIEF

A creator will not cany many beliefs.
The experience is always open, Belief is always closed.

Creativity is the quality that you bring to the activity you are doing. It is an attitude, an inner approach— how you look at things.
if a man is cre­ ative then whatsoever he does.. . even if he walks you can see in his walking there is creativity.

Love what you do. Be meditative while you are doing it.
Creativity means loving whatsoever you do—enjoying, cele­ brating it! Maybe nobody comes to know about it—who is going to praise you for cleaning the floor? History will not take any ac­ count of it, newspapers will not publish your name and picture, but that is irrelevant. You enjoyed it. The value is intrinsic.

When ambition enters, creativ­ ity disappears—because an ambitious man cannot be creative, an ambitious man cannot love any activity for its own sake. While he is painting he is looking ahead; he is thinking, “When am I going to get a Nobel prize?” When he is writing a novel he is looking ahead, he is always in the future—and a creative person is always in the present.

A creative act enhances the beauty of the world; it gives some­ thing to the world, it never takes anything from it. A creative person comes into the world, enhances the beauty of the world—a song here, a painting there. He makes the world dance better, enjoy better, love better, meditate better. When he leaves this world, he leaves a better world behind him.

If a chart of your life were to be given to you when you were entering into the world—“This will be your life, you are going to become a guitarist’’—then your life would be mechanical. Only a machine can be predicted, not a man. Man is unpredictable. Man is always an opening… a potentiality for a thousand and one things. Many doors open and many alternatives are always present at each step—and you have to choose, you have to feel. But if you love your life, you will be able to find.

If you are loving you will see that the whole existence has individuality. Don’t pull and push things. Watch, communicate, take their help—-and much energy will be preserved.

You are not here accidentally—you are here meaningfully. There is a purpose behind you. The whole in­ tends to do something through you.