The Illusory Nature of
you visit a cinema, what do you see? A white screen. Films come and go,
but this screen is there always, night and day. The scenes projected on it
come and disappear. They are an illusion. What remains is always the
screen alone. The pictures keep changing and vanish.
The whole universe is a
film on the screen of the divine Consciousness. God is there always.
Creations come and disappear, worlds come and disappear, you come and
disappear - everything plays its role and disappears. An illusion!
Illusions come and go. But
the lover of the Divine has a strong hold on the screen - God. He
remains untouched by all and tries to establish within himself intimate
relationships with this screen, with the eternal Divinity, who was, is,
and will always be. Knowing that everything else is an illusion, he calls
on to the Divine and sinks into the Divine with all his consciousness - inside and outside there is nothing but the screen of the Divine. All
happenings are illusory, transient, false. Before you can catch hold of
them they have already vanished. The one Reality, God, is his central,
Take another example. A
person in deep-sleep-state enjoys timeless, spaceless stillness, calm,
peace, joy. Suddenly a dream starts. In his experience a whole new
universe takes shape. He sees mountains, oceans, people'. For seventy
years he lives in this world. Then suddenly he remembers the timeless
peace and joy of deep-sleep. What happened to it? Has it disappeared to
make space for this universe? It has not disappeared. It was there all the
time. Even now, in the dream-state it is possible for the sleeping person
to experience this peace and joy, for it is always there. It does not
alter, does not move, does not come and go.
The experience of the
dream-creation cannot touch the timeless, spaceless reality of God, peace
of God, bliss of God. When the dream disappears, once again the person
sinks into this stillness and joy.
Dreams come and go without
leaving a trace. If this universe in your dream would leave traces, you
should experience it in the timeless stillness of deep-sleep. But this is
not the case. As soon as the dream-state disappears, everything is gone,
nothing is left. It is only as long as the person identifies himself with
the universe created in dream and with his life within this universe, that
he is lost and has no idea or relation with the timeless, spaceless state
The same is the case with
the world we experience in waking-state. When this universe dissolves, it
leaves no trace on the face of the timeless, spaceless peace, stillness
and bliss of the Divine. And something that leaves no trace is unreal.
When wisdom and reality
dawn in our intelligence, in our heart, we realise that the universe in
the waking-state and the universe in the dream are both illusory and
cannot have any hold on us.
The lover of the Divine
finds the same timeless stillness everywhere. In the waking-state he
experiences the universe, but this illusory perception does not obstruct
his experience of the timeless, spaceless Reality. With the realisation of
this divine Reality he acts in this illusory world - free from
complaints and tears, without comments and judgements, without prejudices.
Such a life is a blessed life. Such a person enjoys eternal life,
immortality and perfection here and now.