A Cup of Tea
Letters written from 1962 to 1971
Year published: 1983
350 Letters written to disciples.
Also called "Flowers of Love".
Letters #151 to 350 are published in other books:
The Silent Music
What is meditation?
The Gateless Gate
The Dimensionless Dimension
The Eternal Message
I received your letter.
How lovingly you insist on my writing something,
and here am I, drowned in a deep silence!
I speak, I work,
but I am steeped in emptiness within.
There, there is no movement.
Thus I seem to be living two lives at one time.
What a drama!
But perhaps all of life is a drama
and becoming aware of this opens the door
to a unique freedom.
That which is
inaction in action
stillness in motion
eternity in change
-- that is truth
and that is existence.
Real life lies in this eternity --
everything else is just the stream of dreams.
In truth the world is just a dream
and the question is not whether to leave these
dreams or not,
one just has to be aware of them.
With this awareness, everything changes.
The centre moves.
A shift takes place from body to soul.
And what is THERE?
It cannot be told.
It has never been told
and it never will be!
There is no other way but to know it for oneself.
Death is known only through dying
and truth is known only through diving deep within
May God drown you in this truth!
I am in bliss.
I have been meaning to write for a long time
but many engagements prevented me.
My blessings, however, I send every day.
Life is a sadhana;
the more you involve yourself in it
the more divine it becomes.
The light is hidden in the darkness,
truth is hidden,
and from THIS comes the joy of searching.
I remember the words of a rishi:
TRUTH IS HIDDEN UNDER A GOLDEN LID.
The golden lid that hides truth is nothing but our
The mind has smothered us;
we are in it,
we identify with it,
therefore the suffering comes,
the bondage and the chain of rebirths.
Rise above it,
become aware that you are distinct from it --
that alone brings bl