What is the best gift that we can give? As Sadhguru reminds us, we have entered the world with nothing but ourselves to offer. Instead of focusing on gifts from our pockets, we can share the very life within ourselves and learn to receive gracefully.
Sadhguru Talks @ Darshan, Isha Yoga Center, Coimbatore, Apr 2011
Sadhguru: On a certain day the pig went up to the cow and said, ‘I know you give milk, but I give pork. Why is it that you are so much loved and treated well and I’m not?’ The cow looked at the pig kindly and said, ‘I give milk when I’m alive and here.’ That’s the choice you have whether you want to be a pork or a milk-giving cow you want to give when you’re alive or people are waiting for you to be dead, so that they can get what you have.
What shall I give?’ I don’t want to talk about… or I don’t want to tell anybody what they should give, but what’s precious to you, that you must give. Something that’s not precious to you if you give, that’s not giving. Whatever is precious to you, what you value, that’s most… that’s what you must offer. What is worthless with you that’s what you give, that’s not the point. That’s not giving. That’s just cunning, trying to buy a ticket to heaven. If you go with this kind of mindset into the heaven, we don’t know what the hell is there, but one thing is for sure, if it’s a good place it’ll mock at you. I always find when you have a filthy mind, if you’re among people who are not like you, it looks like everybody is mocking at you, everybody is talking about you, everybody is saying something about you right now. This is the problem that people will suffer.
So, if… if heaven happens to be a good place… I have no intention of going there, so I’ve never bothered to find out. So if you’re trying to buy a ticket to the heaven with your goodness, this kind of a tricky mind will suffer most if that happens to be a good place but if only your kind have gotten there, you’ll suffer even more, because you know how it’ll be if there are ten people like you. For every little bit they have a calculation. If you live among people where for everything there is a calculation, if you’re one of them, and you know how horrible it is to have ten like you?
So, to give that which is precious to you – what is most precious to a human being? His own life, his own self is what is most precious to him. So one who chooses to give up himself or herself, not what’s in his pocket, not what is in his body, not what is in his mind, but himself. Whatever is most precious, if you know how to share that, then… We don’t know about the people; you’re longing for people’s attention, you’re longing for people’s affection and love because you do not know how to make all this trees fall in love with you, you do not know how to make the grass that you walk upon to caress you tenderly and bless you, the air that you breathe to become one with you, the food that you eat, longing to get into you and become you. All this things are anyway happening, the question is whether you are there to receive it or not? Anyway it’s happening – the food that you eat becomes a part of you, air that you breathe keeps your life going, what the tree exhales you inhale. This is not a new phenomenon. It is always there as a live process. It is just that are you there to receive it willingly, consciously? Then every breath becomes an ecstatic process for you that you don’t have to seek attention and affection and stand in a queue for tickets to heaven.
It doesn’t matter. Even if you fall into a septic tink… tank, don’t turn into a pig which gives only when it’s dead. To give when you’re well, when you… to give when you’re alive, to give when it matters to you, that’s what is most important. So should I give? So I want to give, I want to give, giving is great!’ No, no, no, I want you to understand. There is nothing for you to give. What the hell do you have to give? If you sit here life is being given to you by charity, free. You just have to learn to receive. What is there to give?…
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